Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Friday, April 4, 2014

April 2, 2014 - Beaver Dam Site RV Park

After I posted the April 2 newly written article, I found the previous one!  Again this is a new thing for me so bear with me as I figure it all out!

Here is my original post.

We left Indigo Sky about 10:00 a.m.  We took our time getting around - coffee, breakfast, then packing up the trailer.  Last stop the "Dump Station".  As you can imagine it's not our favorite part of camping.  Only a couple of the campgrounds we plan to stay in have sewer hookups - much cheaper.  Fortunately it went very well considering the task, and we were soon on our way.  It was approximately 90 miles from Indigo Sky to Beaver Dam Site Park and took us about 2 hours.  About 20-30 minutes out, I told Dean we were going to have to stop.  I could not make it all the way without a bathroom break.  You know the best thing about pulling a trailer?  You have your own bathroom with you!  What a deal! 

There are two parks located below the dam.  One was a small area with about 12 camp sites, and almost every site was reserved starting Wed or Thurs.  When I called Monday they told me the park was opening for the season on Tuesday, April 1 and since it was a Wednesday when we planned to arrive they did not think we would need a reservation.  Lesson learned - if you can make a reservation - do so!  Evidently a group called and reserved most of these spots after I called.  So we moved on down the road to the second camp ground.  It was really pretty with beautiful tall pines.  Dean backed into the site and then I realized - there are no water hookups in this campground!  Whoops! 

I called the Corps of Engineers office and learned that the reserved spots must be available anytime after midnight for the person who has reserved the spot.  So that left two After some discussion decided we should go back and take one of the open spaces at the first campground.  One of only two unreserved sites was not too bad, except the step out of the trailer might mean I have to climb off of the last step!  Fortunately we brought a step stool and I didn't have to embarrass myself.  :)

Here's a picture of our trailer and camping spot. 

Our campsite is right on the White River below Beaver Dam.  Just a short walk from our camper we can be at the water.

Here's a picture of the view!

We noticed this sign on our way to the water.  We shouldn't have to worry about water releases while we are here. 

We decided to get out and do a little sight seeing of the area and drove across the dam.  There is a great site to view from above the dam, but when we went by the entrance it was closed.  Not sure if it will be open while we are here or not.  We drove on some of the side roads around Beaver Lake.  It is really beautiful.  The dogwood are already blooming and it is very pretty.  I tried to get some pictures, but with the water in the background they get a bit lost.

Weather is calling for severe storms tomorrow.  We checked with the park ranger and the bathrooms right across the road from us are the storm shelters for the parks and rangers; so at least we are close to a shelter if one is needed.  Hope we do not have to visit it!

Once we crossed the dam we found another campsite and we would have preferred to stay here if it wasn't for the forecast of storms with possible tornados.  The campsite is situated on an island a short distance out in the lake.  It was beautiful and would be a great place to camp with the boat as you could easily pull it right up behind your campsite.  Maybe someday we'll come back.

We had leftover burgers for lunch - pretty good and the last of the peach crisp and ice cream for Dean.  I had to have one more piece of that chocolate cake.  Yummy.  The last two pieces went in the freezer for a later date.

Last night I made salads with grilled chicken, avocado, pecans, Parmesan cheese and some tortilla strips.  Pretty good stuff.  About 7 we turned on American Idol.  Caleb is my pick for this year.  Dean is rooting for Sam.  It will be a tough year - there are some great singers.  I really like Gena too! 

We're going to go into Eureka Springs tomorrow and check out the flea markets - still looking for a table!

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