Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas Family Trip

 Since we have needed to stick around OKC for a bit, we decided (while we had a break in the action) that a family camping trip to the Ozark Mountains of Northern Arkansas would be just the ticket for a little break away. Our son was able to take off work for a week and our daughter and family would meet up with us later in the week also. With the desire to escape OKC as soon as possible, we left two days before we really needed to. This gave us a good excuse to have the motorhome serviced after an overnight stay in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This allowed us not to be too rushed in the morning for our appointment at the Cummins Service Center. We knew going in that diesel motorhomes were much more expensive to maintain and a simple oil change, chassis lube and fuel filter change did not disappoint. So after a couple of hours at the shop and a much lighter wallet we were on our way.

 Arriving a day before the kids were due in, gave us a little time to kick back with a glass of wine and enjoy the quiet view.

 Once the kids arrived (funny, in their 30's and we still call them it was time to enjoy the lake. We hit the swimming area just down from our RV's and enjoyed a couple of hours with our grandson, who is quite the water baby himself!!!

 The next morning provided a beautiful sunrise to highlight the parks Sundial sculpture.

 Our son wanted to rent a boat for a few days, but bad weather was forecasted for the next several days. So a one day outing was in order. We had a great time cruising around the lake, which is several miles long, getting in a little fishing and of course more swimming in the clear Arkansas waters.

 The ladies

 Us guys

 Even our grandson showed dad how to operate the boat.

 Of course Sheryl got in as much grandma time as possible

 We stayed at the 125 Corps of Engineer Park on the North end of Bull Shoals Lake. Most of the sites here are large and well shaded and all with a water view, the RV park is actually on a small peninsula.

 A very nice COE park and with our National Parks Access pass it's hard to beat at 10.00 a night, which includes water and elec but no sewer hook ups, however a dump station is provided.

With the storms rolling in and out of the area, it did provide some nice sunsets and a beautiful rainbow almost at our doorstep.

It was a nice 10 days away from OKC, but alas we had to head back for another month of so of Cardiac Rehab, After that, it will be off to SW Kansas for Sheryl's birthday with her twin sister (yes theirs two of then back for our youngest daughters wedding.
That's all the news that's fit to print for now. Thanks for following along with us and we'll see you next time!!!