Friday, November 23, 2018

This is Our Way to Travel

We have been living in our trailer for almost 6 years now. We have been retired and traveling much of the last 5 years. In that time we have found a pace and a type of travel that we find very enjoyable. When I say that we can't wait to get back on the road, what I am really saying is that we can't wait to get back in OUR travel mode. Our travel mode consists of moving every 3 to 5 days and moving no more than 150 miles. We like to find an almost empty park on a lake and we would like to pay less than $20 per night. Now, is that too much to ask?

If you look back at our sites in Russellville, Arkansas and Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, they were both COE parks that we paid $15 per night in Russellville and $14 at Lake Texoma.

We left Lake Texoma on Sunday November 11 and headed East. We are now moving in the direction of the gulf coast. We have a plan to charter a boat and do some sailing in Gulfport, Mississippi and we were eager to get south. Our first stop was in Southern Arkansas on Millwood Lake. We found an out of the way COE park called Cottonshed Park. The place was mostly empty and we got a huge site right on the lake. The price was $15 per night and had good Cell and OTA TV reception.

Although it was cold and rainy while we were there, it was perfect weather to enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful lake. The wildlife was active and the humans were not.

Nice fishing bridge that connects the two areas of the campground. You can see our trailer, just to the left of the bridge.
I went for my daily walks around the park checking out the local inhabitants. I saw a number of ducks and other water fowl. As you can tell by the pictures on my front page of this blog, I love bald eagles. I did see one in a perch up in a pine tree. I only had my phone with me, so the picture is not very good, but at least I have proof.  

I was able to watch him fly away, but was unable to get that image. We ended up staying three days and saw one night get down to 27 degrees. We agreed that is too cold and it was time to head further south. We were hoping to totally avoid freezing temps this year, but the unseasonably cold weather caught us. 

We did have one nice sunset while we were at Millwood Lake
Our next stop was about 180 miles away in Louisiana. We selected Jimmie Davis SP on Caney Creek Reservoir. We like Louisiana State Parks. The are usually nice, affordable and have laundry's that used to be free. In this case the washer was 75 cents and the dryer was free, so Kim took time to get our laundry caught up. We again had a nice site on the lake and paid $21 per night. Good Cell and OTA TV at this location also. 

Here we are again parked by a lake. Just the way we like it. 
I did a lot of hiking at the SP. Kim even joined me for one of them. The lake was beautiful and they had a complimentary boat dock for the park guests. 

We had some awesome sunset while we were in Louisiana.

This shot was taken at our site. Not bad...

Mom, this Blue Heron shot is for you. 

It felt so good to get back to nature and to have no commitments. We both enjoyed the quiet week. 

Next up was a bit of a surprise to both of us. We thought that Natchez, Mississippi would be just another stop on the road, boy were we wrong. In my next entry, I will write about our visit to Natchez. We really liked this town.


  1. There certainly are some nice state parks down there. Exciting that you are going to charter a boat once you get there, that should make for a fun winter.

    1. We are looking forward to our winter in Florida. Keep in touch in case we end up in the same area at the same time.