Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Friday, July 24, 2020

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - Arrowhead Point RV Park, Day 3 of July Casual Campout

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - Arrowhead Point RV Park, Day 3 of July Casual Campout

I woke to a beautiful morning at 5:30.  The day before we left Oswego to arrive here in Osceola, the Weather Channel report for the week was rain almost daily.  Fortunately it changed and we've been blessed with very nice weather.  The park is very shaded in the northern part where most of us were parked.  We've had a decent breeze most of the time. I finished writing the blog for yesterday, however I needed to download a picture from Dean's phone.  Before I could get that done, Dean and I decided to take a walk.  Picture overload is coming - making up for the past few days!

Part of our group - located across from the clubhouse.
As we walked back from the highway we passed the back of the clubhouse where we've had our meals.

Part of our group, across the road from us.
The park office and another meeting room to the north.

The loop to turn around and return to the campground, after checking in at the office.

Bathhouse to the left and small rental cabin to the right

A cabin rental

Another cabin rental

The Cedar Creek Row

Cabin Rental

Breakfast/Lunch Truck

Menu - we are going to try out the Breakfast Burrito tomorrow before we leave, if they open early enough.

Storm Shelter on site,  you enter the door and go downstairs

Our meeting area for the week
Around 9:00 Drena and Linda were getting ready to walk to the Quilt shop located at the end of the lane to the RV Park.  The shop is located on the east side of the park's entrance.  They invited me to walk along with them.  I do enjoy looking at the various things they have available.  Right now I do not have the time, and at this time no inclination to do this type of craft, but I've always thought it might be fun to try a small project.  Maybe someday I'll do more than think about it.  As always, they are good company, and it's good to be up and moving.

Between 9:30-10:30 most everyone had moved their chairs under Alvin and Linda's canopy or to the shaded area around it for a morning visit.  We have a plan for this afternoon.  At noon, we rode with Alvin and Linda to the nearby towns of Osceola and Collins, MO.  We bypassed Collins for now, driving to Osceola where we made a couple of stops, with the first being a flea market near Osceola, MO.  Linda was looking for fabric, and was successful.  Dean and I just enjoyed walking through and looking.  It was a very nice and interesting place.  We enjoy going to flea markets.

Our next stop was at the Osceola Cheese Store.  There was so much to choose from.  We bought a package of white cheddar cheese curds and a bag of caramel puffs.

After we paid and were heading back to Alvin's truck I received a text message from Drena letting us know they were at Smith's Restaurant in Collins, MO, a few miles back down the road.  I told them we were headed that way.  Smith's was worth the stop!  WOW!

I couldn't believe it when they set my meal in front of me!  
My pork tenderloin sandwich.  I only ate half of it at the restaurant.  I cut the portion outside of the bun off, then stacked it on top of the other, added mayo, pickle, lettuce, tomato, salt & pepper.  It was delicious.  I wanted a piece of their blackberry cobbler so I had to save the other half for later.  I was beyond stuffed after this.  

Dean's patty melt and french fries.
 The desserts were amazing, as you can see:

blackberry cobbler

peanut butter pie

Dean getting ready to eat his peach cobbler with 2 scoops of ice cream, Linda behind him checking out the desserts.

We waddled out of Smith's.  We would not hesitate to stop here again.  They had an amazing menu and everyone was very happy with their meal, and their desserts!

One of the waitresses took our picture
L side:  Keith, Drena, Linda, Don, Mike, Alvin
R side:  Dean, Me, Sally, Ross, Maryann, Linda

While the guys were paying, Linda and I enjoyed looking at the flowers outside.  That's Linda standing by the wreath in the above picture with her mask on.  

We had one last stop to make before we returned to the campground.  That was Gordon's Crossing - a fruit and vegetable stand.  I don't know how I could even feel hungry after that meal and dessert, but when I saw those beautiful red tomatoes I knew we had to get a few, as well as some peaches, a cucumber and a zuchinni squash.  Before we left we agreed to share a small watermelon with Alvin & Linda.  

The ride back to the campground was about 10 miles and it was getting hard for me to stay upright - I was so sleepy from all that food.  We returned to our rig and I promptly fell asleep for at least an hour, maybe longer.  It's now 6:30 and no one is stirring, but I expect we'll gather again this evening for an hour or two since it is our last night here.

It was around 7 when everyone started walking over to Alvin & Linda's site and before long we had everyone present.

Panaorama View
It was after 9 before we retreated to our rigs.  I put a few things away after we returned as we plan to leave by 8:30am.  Dean emptied the tanks before the evening gathering, so he would not have to do that in the morning.  We need to make a stop on the way home, and I have a few errands to run once we return to Hillside RV Park in Oswego.

We've had a great time, as we always do with this group.  We were fortunate to have three new couples join us.  We enjoyed their company!


  1. Wow what a wonderful day! I can't believe your lunches, it's always nice to find a place like that with great food and it looks so homey! Those desserts! I love peach anything so I would have to go with Dean's! LOL. What a really nice RV park, thanks for the tour! Hopefully the breakfast burrito works for you, as it's always nice not to cook on the day you're leaving! Great looking group of people you got there! Meeting new friends is always fun. :)

    1. We missed the burrito - they were not yet open when we pulled out. Our time with great friends was the best time of all. But all of the food we had was pretty good too!

  2. It looks like an awesome time! The food at Smiths looks wonderful. I'd leave the bun behind on your pork meal if it was mine, but actually Dean's melt would be my choice. I love reubens and patty melts. :)
    Travel safely!

    1. I love reubens too but patty melts - Dean can have those! LOL! It was one of the best pork tenderloins I've had. So filling though - was too much food. The blackberry cobbler was best of all!!! I love my sweets!

  3. I so enjoy your blog! Envy you having cooler weather. It is hot, here in Mississippi!

    1. Thank you Sue! I can hardly believe how blessed we are to be in 70 degree temps! It's in the 90's back home.

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