The long and winding road…

It’s March 31, 2023 and our last full day at Iron Mountain Campground in Arkadelphia, AR where we have been since mid-October workamping for the Army Corp of Engineers. It was a long cold and stormy winter and very quiet as the campground was closed from December 1 until March 1. Other than our fellow workampers, who were dispersed throughout the park, we saw very few people. We took several walks around the park and Dave was able to enjoy some of the trails. A few deer were seen, a couple of small copperheads taking advantage of a sunny day, and many chatty crows. Did I mention how quiet it was? I don’t think we fully appreciated the quiet until we had to travel to Nashville TN where it was anything but quiet. We had a good journey and great visit in Lexington, KY with our daughter and family but we realized how much we missed the quiet (and our own bed) once we returned home. For those of you who might be concerned about my cancer issues – the doctor has determined me stable and ready for the next adventure.

Speaking of the next adventure, we have an awesome trip planned. We will start with a visit to family in Texas and then cross the Gulf states and down to Key West. After soaking up some rays (and lots of seafood for me!), we plan to head up the East Coast, stopping at Merritt Island, Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach and Lake Placid to name a few before heading into Canada through New Brunswick, Novia Scotia, Newfoundland and others. If all goes as planned, we will end the travel season in The Amana Colonies for our annual S.M.A.R.T Muster. By the way, if you are in the military, have been in the military or are married to someone who is or has been and enjoy well-planned caravans and comradery from like-minded people, S.M.A.R.T. is a great group. If you are interested, feel free to drop me an email and I or Dave will tell you all about it.

I had planned (back in the fall) to keep the blog current as we traveled from place to place. As you can see, that hasn’t happened and I vow to do much better this year. There are some places we visited after our S.M.A.R.T. Pacific Caravan that we would like to share. Rather than making an extremely long post (or multiple posts that strain my ability to remember) I have, instead, created some slide shows. We hope you enjoy.

See you in Texas!

Iron Mountain Campground at Degray Lake in Arkadelphia, AR

Coolidge Ghost Town in Coolidge Montana – not much there but abandoned buildings and an old mine.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Entrance Breathtaking landscapes and prairie dogs and stars!

Theodore Roosevelt National Park – North Entrance

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site Just North of Medora, depicts life of Northern Plains Indians known as the Hidatsa. This is where Sacagawea, who aided Lewis and Clark Expeditions, lived.

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site At one time, the busiest fur trading post in the Upper Missouri area. For more information please visit

Washington Island in Wisconsin

Around Door County Wisconsin

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