It’s true, we’ve now passed the one-year mark since we began our journey. It has been a rich and full experience and yet time has passed very quickly.
Before I forget, I’ll answer a question that was asked just before we left: What if we don’t like it? Well, we love it. Even though the first time I woke up in Island Girl knowing that I’d be living here for a while, my first thought was – What have I done? – I quickly came to love it and have never looked back.
On our way to Hot Springs we stopped in Little Rock, Arkansas to visit the Clinton Presidential Center. Another fascinating presidential library. The Center contains a very detailed account of the Clinton presidency, including lots of displays, videos, logs, photos etc. It definitely reflects President Clinton’s personality. Little Rock looked like a pretty cute town, but we had to move on to get to our anniversary celebration.
(Clinton’s museum was like the man … noisy, cluttered, messy, brilliant ~ Hector)
Another scary road on the way to our next stop, the Buffalo Point RV Campground at the Buffalo River National Park. And another reward; a beautiful campsite, this one in the woods by a river. It was a pretty remote location (no Wi-Fi or cell signal), and we liked that.
We wanted to explore more of the area and our timing coincided with the “biggest arts and crafts fair in Arkansas” in nearby Rogers, Arkansas. This sounded like a fun activity even though we are not in the business of acquiring more “stuff”. However, we did find some tie-dye t-shirts, more homemade jelly AND a really cute “Happy Campers” sign with an RV illustration that we were able to personalize with our name – “The Lopezes” which we now proudly display at each campsite.
No that is not Hector …
The fair was located in the War Eagle Mill, the only working mill in Arkansas. The mill is powered by an eighteen-foot cypress waterwheel, very cool! The mill store sells many products made on site and, although we don’t really bake, we did buy a couple of the (easy to make) flour products. I’m a sucker for natural, locally made food products.
Our first destination in Arkansas was Eureka Springs. It’s been over twenty years since we’ve spent fall in the south. We were really excited to see the autumn colors in the Ozark mountains, especially the reds, purples and oranges, which are not as prevalent in Colorado as the yellows.
Hector described the approach to Eureka Springs as a “white knuckle drive”. All I know is I’m glad I wasn’t the one driving. 15 mile per hour turns were common and it was a scary, but spectacular road. And we found the reds, oranges and purples.
Reaching our fabulous campsite on a peninsula on the Beaver Dam Site Lake was the reward for that tough driving. It was a beautiful setting, further confirming our affinity for State Park campsites.