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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

Come and join us

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Monday 10-7 Caesar Creek State Park

Camping at Caesar Creek State Park

Larry made the right decision yesterday when he paid for two nights. It started to rain last night and it stayed around into today. It was dreary all day. We spent the day just hanging around the Minnie. We got caught up on YouTube videos and read.

In the afternoon we walked down to the office and bought a a scoop of Brownie Delight ice cream. The person who dished it out didn't give us as much as yesterday but one scoop was still enough for the two of us to share. There is nowhere to sit at the office so we ate the ice cream as we walked back to our campsite. It was very good but there wasn't a lot of brownie in it.

The sun decided to come out around 5:00 for a little while. After dinner we walked around the campground for about 45 minutes. We walked down to Loop D and walked part of the hiking trail back to our loop.The trail was very easy. We had a very nice walk. 

An empty campsite

Entrance to the hiking trail in Loop D

Larry climbing up a hill on the trail

Caesar Creek Lake

The boat ramp from the park

Caesar Creek State Park is very nice. The park has 268 electric sites and 18 full hook up sites in six loops. Each loop has restrooms with flush toilets and showers. There's a boat ramp, beach, playgrounds and basketball court. It has a park store that sells firewood, snacks, ice, ice cream, supplies, kayak rentals and other novelties. There is a trail map in each loop. The hiking trails goes along the lake and you can enter it from each loop. The trails are color coded (blue, yellow, red and green). The map tells you how long each trail is. The park has Hopewell Day Lodge that you can rent for a group up to 75 people. It has 6 group camps. It has a Bridle Camp, which is an equestrian camp with 30 non-electric sites available on a "first come, first serve" basis. It is a great park and we have enjoyed it.     


Monday, October 7, 2019

Sunday 10-6 Laid Back Day

Laid back day

Well, we didn't do too much today. It rained a bit during the night and into the early morning. The temperature wasn't as cold as the night before so we didn't even turn on our 3 Wave heater.

We arrived at Caesar Creek State Park around 12:30. The gentleman at the gate said checkout wasn't until 1:00 but we could ride around to find a site. He also said once we found a site to put something on the site and come back to the office. Loop A is the only loop that works on first come first serve. It has 35 power sites. We figured we wouldn't have a problem finding a site because it's Sunday and people would be leaving. We found a site right by the bathroom and went back to pay for a couple of nights. Larry parked and walked over to check us in, when he came back he surprised me with a bowl of ice cream, Death By Chocolate. It was chocolate ice cream with hunks of dark chocolate and marshmallow. It was a big scoop so Larry and I shared it. It was very good.

When we got back to the site we setup the Minnie. I'm so excited we have power and I can charge everything up and play my games. We spent the afternoon and evening reading. 

Enjoying a good book

For dinner we tried something new. Yesterday, when we went to Walmart we picked up a Flat Bread Pepperoni Pizza from the deli. It reminded me of a Toni's frozen pizza. It was very thin but it was good. I think this is the first pizza we have bought in two years. It's always nice to try something new. After dinner we walked around the campground for about 45 minutes. We took our umbrella with us because it was starting to sprinkle. When we got back the sprinkling stopped but the actual rain came in around 8:00 and it was still raining when I went to bed. We had a very laid back Sunday.

Pepperoni Flat Bread Pizza


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Saturday 10-5 National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Another fun day

We woke up to a cool morning, cool enough that we had our little propane heater running.

This morning we went to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Wow, what a terrific museum. It has four huge hangers filled with displays of planes, uniforms and equipment used throughout the history of the United States Air Force. The first building was about World War I and World War II. The second building was about the Korean and Southeast Asia War (Vietnam). The third building was the Cold War. In between the third and fourth building there a gallery of Missiles. The fourth building was about the Presidents planes, Global Reach, Space and Research & Development. Visitors were allowed to walk through some of the planes and climb into some of the cockpits. In building four there were a couple of simulators for people to ride for a fee. There was a gift shop, where you can buy souvenirs. There also was a memorial park. In two of the buildings on the second floor there a cafe. We walked around for over three hours and didn't see everything.

This is the worlds larges air museum. If you were a person with an interest in planes you could spend days here and still there would be things you would miss. There were planes everywhere including hanging from the ceiling and there was information on each plane and the era it was from. The museum is free. We had a super time walking around. 

National Museum of the United States Air Force

A display about the Wright brothers working with the military

The Wright brother 1916 Wind Tunnel

A P-26A Peashooter

Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000 first jet airplane built for the President of the United States
AVRO Canada

  • Apollo 15 Command Module

A display on the Berlin Wall

Sitting in a cockpit

One of the displays on a rescue crew

After resting a bit we drove a few miles down the road to The Wright Brothers Memorial Park. While there we talked with a ranger for about an hour. He talked about the area and pointed out a few things. He pointed out the flying field, where the Wright brothers made hundreds of test flights. As we were talking we saw a huge groundhog in the park. After talking for a bit he walked with us to the visitor center and we walked around looking at the exhibits about the Wright Brothers. It was a nice facility. 

At the end of the day we went back to the Hollywood Casino, they had live racing again tonight. We stayed for 6 of the 14 races. Tonight I actually did very well, I won 4 out of 6 races. I made $1.80 on each race. After the six races we went back to the Minnie. I was so excited about winning the races I went back to the casino and gambled for three hours. Only lost $10 and had a great time.