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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Monday 10-14 Just Another Day

This morning Larry got up a bit after 6:00 and I got up a few minutes later. The casino closed at midnight so there were very few cars around. It was a great spot to stay overnight. I was going to make oatmeal for breakfast but Larry suggested we stop by Daylight Donuts.

It's suppose to rain all day tomorrow so we wanted to be somewhere with power and not too far from Paris Texas. We decided on Wright Patman Lake near Texarkana. This meant driving 370 miles mostly through Arkansas, we stopped for fuel and to have lunch in Malvern.

 Wright Patman is an Army Corps of Engineer lake. We stayed here last year at Rocky Point Campground and enjoyed it. It has 124 campsites with power and water, 15 campsites with full hookups and 8 sites have 50-amp. Each site has a picnic table, grill and fire ring. The campground has a playground, volleyball court, swimming beach, boat ramp, restrooms with showers and hiking trails. The campground is open year round.

Because I now have an America The Beautiful Senior Card it only cost $12.00 a night. Our site is outstanding, it is huge, has a long concrete pad for the Minnie and a beautiful view of Wright Patman Lake. It is also directly across the street from a new bathhouse. We setup the Minnie and then we went over and took a shower.

After dinner we walked around the campground. As we were walking we saw some deer. We a saw a cute fawn running around a field of grass and through some pine trees. At first we thought it was scared of us but it was just having fun. The doe finally decided to run in the trees so the fawn joined her. It was fun watching the fawn run around in circles and jumping. When we were close to our site it started to sprinkle.

Around 8:00 the rain came in and it's suppose to stay in until midnight tomorrow. That's ok we have power and we have plenty of books to read. LIFE IS GOOD.  

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sunday 10-13 Heading Home

Long day of driving

We had an outstanding weekend of dancing, We met new friends and visited with old ones. The dancers were great and a lot of fun. Now it's time to move on. We should be home next Sunday.

To get an early start we woke up around 5:30, the sun wasn't even up. We put things away and instead of making breakfast we stopped across the street at Dunkin Donuts. Today we drove mainly interstates for 430 miles. We drove through Cincinnati Ohio and over the river into Kentucky, we drove all the way through Kentucky, a bit of Tennessee and finally we were in Missouri. We stopped at the Lady Luck Casino for the night. As we were driving we saw a few deer and a lot of dead animals, raccoons, a fox, skunks and a couple a deer. The drive was very nice. I slept most of the way because 5:30 is way too early for me. During our drive the time changed back to central time so we gained an hour (that means I really got up at 4:30, no wonder I slept so much). Larry drove for about nine hours.

Missouri Welcome sign

The bridge over the Mississippi River

After setting up the Minnie I went over to the casino and gambled a couple of hours. Then I came back for dinner. After dinner I went back and gambled for three hours. I ended up giving the casino $25.00 but I had fun doing so. It has been a long day but fun.     

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Saturday 10-12 Closing Day of Dancing

Another awesome day of square dancing

Thursday night Larry and I had volunteered to help run the computer in the C1 hall for the square rotations. We thought we would be helping out here and there but it actually meant we were the only people doing this in the C1 hall for the entire weekend. Fortunately our friends from Canada (Dean and Monya) offered to help us out. This was so nice of them, it allowed us a bit of freedom to wander around and see friends in other halls.

The dance schedule for today was 10:00 to 12:00,  2:00 to 4:30 and 7:30 to 10:00. In the morning we danced an hour to Ben Rubright and an hour to Bill Haynes. They both did an excellent job. Bill was a lot more challenging. In the afternoon we danced an hour to Darryl Lipscomb and an hour to Ben Rubright. Once again we had a great afternoon. In the evening we danced a half hour to five different callers: Darryl Lipscomb, Todd Fellegy, Bronc Wise, Ben Rubright and Bill Haynes. As the night went on many of the dancers were wearing down and we were making more mistakes but everyone had a great time. Most of the day the C1 hall we had three or four squares. After the last tip everyone met in one large hall for announcements and a final tip with all the callers. For the final tip there were six squares and a lot of people sitting out.

We had an awesome weekend of dancing with friends and six super callers.

Darryl Lipscomb

Glenn and Janet
Larry having fun dancing with friends

Marty and Kit

Mike and Rae

Ross Howell and Ben Rubright

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Friday 10-11 Full Day of Dancing

A day of square dancing

We had an awesome day of dancing. The dance schedule for today was 10:00 to 12:00,  2:00 to 4:30 and 7:30 to 10:00. We spent the whole day in the C1 hall. We had four squares of dancers plus a few sitting out. In the morning we danced an hour with Bronc Wise and another hour with Todd Fellegy. Both callers did an excellent job and walked us through a few moves we were having trouble with. After lunch I wasn't feeling well so I slept for a couple of hours. Larry attended the afternoon session of dancing. He danced an hour to Ross Howell, a half hour Darryl Lipscomb. I showed up to dance the last half hour to Darryl Lipscomb and a half hour to Ben Rubright. Larry said he danced every tip while I was resting. In the evening we danced an hour to Bill Haynes and an hour to Bronc Wise. We left a little early because we were tired. We had a great time dancing with friends. Tomorrow we will be back to dance.

Andy having fun dancing with friends

Jack and Mary Ann having fun with friends

Larry enjoying dancing with friends

Having fun with friends

Bill Haynes

Todd Fellegy

Bronc Wise

While I was resting it started to sprinkle. It sprinkled on and off the rest of the afternoon and evening. Around 11:00 the rain came in, it  wasn't hard but it came down steady. It's suppose to get down into the high 30s.        

Friday, October 11, 2019

Thursday 10-10 Fall Into Heartland Dance

Evening of dancing with friends

We spent the morning hanging around the Minnie. We only had to travel 10 miles to our next destination. While we relaxed we took a shower, loaded the motorcycle back on its carrier and read. I worked on my Solitaire games. When it was time for lunch I made sandwiches.

We're going to be boondocking for a few days so before leaving the campground we filled the Minnie with water and dumped the tanks. Then we headed to the Clarion Hotel in Sharonville. We weren't in any hurry considering we don't dance until 8:00 in the evening. When we got to the Clarion we were surprised there were already few RVs in the parking lot. It got up to 83 degrees today. There was a little breeze so we just opened the windows. Our neighbor ran his generator all afternoon so he could run his air conditioner. 

For the last 30 years Darryl Lipscomb has put on a three day event called Fall Into Heartland. This year he invited Ben Rubright, Ross Howell, Bill Haynes, Todd Fellegy and Bronc Wise to help call the dancing. He rents five halls for full time A2, C1, C2, C3A and C3B. The dancers come from all over the country and Canada. The dances are run by computers and they needed someone to run the computer in the C1 hall. Darryl asked Larry if we would run it. In between the dances we were putting people in the computer and taking them out. In the C1 hall we had three squares plus an extra couple. We danced to Darryl Lipscomb, Ross Howell, Ben Rubright, Todd Fellegy and Bill Haynes. We had a lot of fun dancing with friends.   

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Wednesday 10-9 Trail End Dance

Beautiful day for camping

Another gorgeous sunny day. We spent the day hanging around the Minnie. We read and studied taminations. Darryl Lipscomb and Jack Pladdys had a Trail End Dance tonight and we wanted to study the C1 moves. We're still learning.

While relaxing we took a short walk around the campground. As we walked we saw a crane standing in the lake and a few turtles sunning. Winton Woods is a beautiful campground with a lot of pine trees throughout the park. A lot of people left this morning and others showed up.

Camping at Winton Woods Campground

A crane perched on a tree enjoying the sun

A couple turtles sunning

Winton Lake

In the evening we rode the motorcycle to Greenhills Presbyterian Church, which was a little over a mile away from Winton Park. Darryl Lipscomb and Jack Pladdys called a three and a half hour dance. It was called 2019 Fall Into the Heartland Trail End Dance. It started with an hour long C1 dance and then two and a half hours of A2. For the C1 Dance there were three and a half squares of dancers. For the A2 Dance there were seven squares and an extra couple. We danced the hour long C1 session and over an hour of the A2. We had a super time dancing with the local dancers and to Darryl Lipscomb and Jack Pladdys.

Decah Lipscomb having fun dancing with friends

Darryl and Jack visiting in between tips

The dance line up for the A2 dance

Myrna having fun dancing with friends

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Tuesday 10-8 Winton Woods Campground

Gorgeous sunny day

The rain went away. We had a gorgeous sunny day with a slight breeze. 

We left Caesar Creek State Park and headed to Winton Woods Park Campground, it was only 45 miles away. We arrived about 11:30. We were here last year around the same time so we knew the park. The lady in the office checked us in. Larry got a site near the bathrooms. We have a lake view site with power. Some of the sites have full hook ups. We know the park will be full this weekend because it's their fall festival celebration but we only need a site for a couple of nights.

Winton Woods Park is very nice. The park is over 2500 acres, it has a lake, an 18- hole golf course, 2.6 miles paved trails, 1.1 fitness trail, nature trails, basketball courts and horse trails. It also has a great playground for the kids.

After we setup the Minnie we had lunch and read for a bit. A group of kids and parents showed up on the site right next to us to have a barbecue. It was a little noisy because the kids were having a great time playing. The group was gone by 8:00. After we had dinner we went for a walk. We walked about 2 miles using the Harbor Trail. It was a very nice walk. We shared the trail with a lot of people walking their dogs, jogging and bicycling. When we got to the Harbor area we walked by a cute playground for the kids. In the playground there was a splash pad that included an Ark. It had a lot of cute animals hanging out the windows. There was a mother there playing with her two kids. We also saw people fishing off the banks of the harbor. At the Harbor in the summertime you can rent kayaks, canoes and paddle boats to use on the lake. It still amazes me that whenever a city spends the money and takes the time to make trails how much the trails are used by the locals and visitors. We had a wonderful walk.

The Park Ark

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