Monday, December 7, 2015
Back in Central Arkansas
Every year we come to Arkansas for my $20 medical checkup at UAMS (University Arkansas Medical Sciences). Every year we stay at the Maumelle Campground, a Corp of Engineer campground. We had planned to stop in Fort Smith on Saturday and leave Fort Smith on Tuesday…but Marcia is still not feeling the best, I have had moments of relapse (which last just a short time period), so we canceled our visits and drove straight to Little Rock last Saturday. We have done little the past two days outside of letting the dogs out, a visit to a Kroger’s and to Walmart for me, and Marcia has made some wonderful split pea soup using the ham bone from the Thanksgiving dinner.
The park is nearly empty, and we are parked in the same spot we were in last year from what I can tell. Most of our neighbors are using the long-term UAMS medical visit sites, and there is little action coming from these RV’s.
On this side of us are a few more RV’s which are not using the UAMS sites. Our five night visit cost $65 with our National Park Pass. Definitely no need for reservations this time of year.
The dogs always love this park. Grass (lots of leave this time of year), and all sorts of bird noises through the day. To us, it is the quietest park we have been in since our trip to Washington State where we stayed at some very quiet, remote locations as we went around Olympic National Park.
A few cars have driven by, and a few dog walkers have walked by, but for the most part there have been few other visitors. And with the Arkansas River behind us, I figures we would hear an occasional boat…but the river is so high I don’t even think barges are traveling up and down the river.
As the two river photos show….it is peaceful and quiet and a great place for recuperating from this early winter cold we both are successfully trying to shake.