We only had about 275 miles to get back to the ranch, but we wanted to make one more stop. We love to go to Bull Shoals Reservoir to boat and fish. We know that many of the COE campgrounds on the Missouri side of the lake are closed due to flooding. I saw a campground just outside the town of Lakeview, Arkansas. The strange part about that is we were in Lake View, Arkansas a week or so ago. They are two different towns. I would bet that gets confusing at times.
Anyway, we saw that the campground was on a bluff overlooking the lake and is open year round. I wanted to check it out for future use. It is only 70 miles from the ranch.
We made the drive that we have made many times before and then pulled on to highway 178. It is really curvy, but gave us some nice views of the lake and the town of Flippin. We then crossed the dam and found Lakeview COE park. When we first pulled in, I was not impressed. In fact, we almost left. The office was closed and we just had to find our own spot. Kim put her foot down and said we are going to stay. She always seems to know. We were setting up in a really tight spot, when a camp host came over and told us about a part of the park we had missed. It looks like a new section and is all non-reservable. It has some beautiful views of the lake. All of the sites have concrete pads and 50 amp electric. The dogwoods were in full bloom and it was just beautiful.
|Site B 17|
|We love Dogwoods in bloom|
|Looking straight down at the boat ramp|
|Bull Shoals Dam in the distance|
I just walked around taking pictures for about an hour. I was impressed. I really like this park.
Kim and I sat and talked about staying for a night or two, but we really wanted to get back to see our gandaughters play on Friday night. So, we only stayed one night. We will be back soon and bring the boat to really enjoy the lake. As we were leaving the rigs were pulling in for a fishing tournament this weekend. I am glad we got out of the way.
There you have it. That is the story of our winter trip. We stayed in 22 campgrounds. We went to Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. We stayed in an RV park in a major city for a month - that turned out to be fun. Got to see lots of family. And the best part is we got to see some RV friends and made some new ones. Awesome trip! Oh yeah, no mechanical breakdowns or tire issues. That is always a positive.
We are now set up at the Ranch in Missouri. We do not know how long we will stay. We have decided to not make plans yet and just decide after we have been here a while. I know the hitch itch will get to me after a while.
I will end this entry with a sunset shot over Bull Shoals.
Bob Hall - My brother