Little Bit Of Texas A Whole Lot of Arkansas.
(I am so far behind on blogs it is crazy! That is a good news bad news situation. Bad news you haven’t had any blogs in a while, good news so many blogs are heading your way.)
After our first bit of boondocking it was time to make our way up to Lexington, Ky for our little family reunion. First stop Texarkana, Tx, well after a quick stop at Walmart for a few forgotten items we needed to survive.
The best part of Texarkana was the long pretty drive through Texas, even the Old Man had to admit it was prettier than taking the Interstate, even if it was a longer process. We finally made it to Texarkana RV Park where we picked up a free coffee mug and a safe place to sleep. While the location of the park wasn’t idea, right next to a major road, it was a clean and friendly place. The Old Man and I even braved a dip in the pool after a long hot drive.
The next day I managed to find some fun back roads to run on and got to see a few horses, a dog, and plenty of wildflowers for my trouble. I will bore you will all the talk of hills and more hills. I managed to work and get laundry done thanks to their large and nice laundry facilities and a hot shower inside a building was the cherry on top.
Sadly again because of work and our travel schedule we didn’t have much time to explore Texarkana but I guess that is just how life goes these days. Next up was Lake Ouachita and the place we are truly looking forward to staying. After arriving in Hot Springs we took on the sexy van life and worked all day in a Starbucks parking lot. We did have our first lookie loo who came to scope out our van and give us some tips of what to do in Hot Springs. He was super nice a welcome diversion from work, and we gave him some ideas for when he starts his own van.
After the Old Man’s last call and me signing off work we headed up to the State Park to find our campsite and shove some food in our stomachs. Camping in the middle of the week during school is a good time to hit up state parks. We had a few fellow campers, but most of the sites were empty.
Per routine I ran the next day to scope out our surroundings and find a hiking trail for us to conquer. Lake Ouachita State Park is the home of the Three Sister Springs. Three Sister Springs used to draw up people from all over the area to cure ailments they were having. Each spring offered it own unique set of healing for different ailments. Some of the cabins in use today are on spots of those first few cabins offered when the springs were still in business. Now sadly the springs have a sign not only telling their history, but that they are not considered potable water by the FDA. And I mid run decided not to try it out, but I am sure they are perfectly safe.
After a lot of very steep hills I found us a trail to hike the next day and remembered how much I really don’t like hills. When I returned from my run the Old Man was up and confessing to being sick. Our first road sickness, the test was on. I worked outside, the Old Man stayed in bed and rested for most of the day. We did have to venture into town for one important call the Old Man needed to make and thanks to working in a Walmart parking lot I could buy him some more drugs to cure him.
Back at camp we cooked up dinner, relaxed a bit more and plotted our next day. Hike a bit, work a bit and then hit the road to Memphis. Our Verizon MiFi lets me work while the Old Man drive and vice versa, so on driving days we are only really MIA from work for short bits of time which is pretty awesome even if I get a bit car sick at times.
Next stop Memphis for another two nights down on the Mighty Mississippi, so yes we will be “Living in a van down by the RIVER” we just won't’ be rolling dope!