My goodness, we had a lovely week off!! We slept in every morning, (yes, I slept in longer than Gary, but even he made it to 7 a couple of mornings. Which for him is sleeping in!), had campfires every evening,
made a couple of trips to the local ‘big city’ of Nampa (which has a Lowes and a Costco – what more could you want!), and pretty much just did what we wanted to do when we wanted to do it!
We watched the fish jumping in the snake river, and scoped out herons, egrets, American white pelicans, osprey and kingfishers all taking care of their end of the food chain. Our campground was lovely and green and even though it was quite full when we pulled in
by Monday afternoon, except for the long-term folks, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
It’s been a very long time since we’d spent a full week at a campground (that didn’t involve grandchildren) and it was quite lovely to just kick back, take it slow, and catch our breath.
I always find it interesting how different areas refer to themselves. Back where I’m from there’s DelMarVa (Delaware, Maryland, Virgina) and PenJerDel (Pennylvania, New Jersey, Delaware) and in S. Alabama/N. Florida Panhandle there’s The Wiregrass and lot’s of places that call themselves “The Valley” (Palm Springs, CA and the Rio Grande Valley in S. Texas to name a few). Gary & I have just spent the last several days in Ark-La-Tex –
While we did spend a night in Texarkana, most of the time we were camping at Millwood Lake State Park just a little north of town. (See the lake just at the left lower point of the “Texarkana” label? That’s where we were.) Millwood Lake is a bass fisherman’s dream lake, with “a series of boat lanes [that] meander through timber, marshes, and oxbow cutoffs making Millwood Lake a “tree-filled” fishing haven.”
We just thought it looked pretty cool!
It’s also known for bird watching, and we could see why when we checked out the dam –
Every bird seemed to have its favorite perch!
We certainly enjoyed our drive around part of the lake and exploring some of area, but mostly we enjoyed the peace and quiet of our campground. I’m sure this place is hopping during its many bass fishing tournaments and derbies, but while we were there it was one peaceful spot.
And we enjoyed every quiet minute of it!
Right now we’re in Lindale, TX (not quite on the map – just a litte farther West on I-20) getting ready for the Fall SOWER’s Trustee meeting scheduled for this weekend. We’re snuggled in the middle of a row of SOWER RVs, and and after our wonderful summer “off”, we’re excited about getting back to work. Plus there’s the added bonus of getting to spend some time with dear daughter Lara who lives in Waco. 🙂 I’m sure Texas will be filled with lots of good things (especially if it ever drops below 95!).
PS – In case you think that Oklahoma might be feeling a little left out with the whole ArkLaTex thing, some folks refer to the area as Arklatexoma. Now THAT’s a mouthful!