Wanderlust… The call of the open road… Mid-life crisis… Insanity.

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NOTICE – batch posting

For those of you trying to follow us chronologically, we have just published posts covering July 24 through August 1st of 2018. You will need to scroll back through the posts to find them or jump to July 24 by searching for “North Canoe” which is our first post for that day.

This batch posting covers the rest of Voyageurs National Park, other Northern Minnesota sights and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

This notice will be removed when we get caught up and are posting closer to real time.

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Buffalo National River, Arkansas

November 1, 2018

Visitor Center

We drove south for a few hours and snagged a campsite at Tyler Bend in the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. They don’t do reservations but with rain, cold, mid-week and no hookups, we figured it shouldn’t be a problem and we were right. There was one other camper there when we arrived. It’s a very nice campground with fairly level paved sites, picnic tables, fire rings, water spigots around the loop and a nice shower house with hot water. The dump station is up on the entrance road.

Our campsite

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Eureka Springs and Local Flavor

October 29, 2018

The hosts at the Dam Visitor Center recommended we visit Eureka Springs to check out the town and one of their favorite restaurants. We finished Pea Ridge Battlefield early and headed over to Eureka Springs. It was another seriously twisty-turny but also STEEP drive down into Eureka Springs. The historic area has narrow streets with private parking lots and not much space so we hit the Visitor Center and Trolley Transit Station to get our bearings. We decided it would be best to just pay their parking fee and the trolley fee and do the all day ride thing. Continue reading

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Pea Ridge National Military Park

October 29, 2018

The Visitor Center

This was yet another excellent National Park Visitor Center. The movie was very good and gave a nice overview of the battle. As battles go, this one was fairly straightforward. The exhibits were well done and informative. Two of the exhibits were electronic relief maps whose audio narrated the flow of the battle. Continue reading

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Wilson’s Creek, Missouri

October 27, 2018

As far as Civil War battles go, this one was small, although the dead, wounded, and missing would beg to differ – if they could.

After First Bull Run (also known as First Manassas), this was the largest battle fought in 1861. Many bloodier battles were to follow.

Our first stop was, of course, the visitor center, where we watched an excellent short film about the battle – including the prelude and aftermath.

Visitor Center

The visitor center has exhibits that trace Missouri history back to when it first became a state. They explain how its citizens were both staunch advocates for and against slavery. When the Civil War broke out, political and military maneuvering on both sides kept Missouri’s fate in limbo and led to the battle of Wilson’s Creek. Continue reading

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Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

October 24, 2018

Not far from Branson, Missouri is a nice little natural gem called the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. If you’re old enough, like I am, you the name Henning might sound familiar. That’s because Paul Henning created such television classics as the Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres. Continue reading

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Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

October 23, 2018

As on many of our travels, we often come across something to do that wasn’t on our agenda. The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery was one of them.

This is the largest trout-rearing fish hatchery in Missouri where more than one million rainbow and brown trout are released each year. The hatchery was built at the same time as the Table Rock Dam. Continue reading

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