This part of Arkansas reminds me very much of eastern Tennessee with lush green rolling hills and is very rural. There is a dam and lock here across the river that is used for flood control as well as generating electricity and is a way of passage for boats and barges navigating the Arkansas River. The facility is operated by the Army Corp of Engineers. The locals tell me the fishing here is good.
Thankfully, the temperatures have moderated with highs in the low 90's. The high predicted today is 87. The humidity is still high, but is bearable. Looks like it's going to get hot again as we head further west. Speaking of leaving, we're pulling out in the morning, after 3 nights here, and headed for Oklahoma City for one night. From there we plan to visit Amarillo, Tx. for 3 nights where we plan to hook up with our Texas buddy, Bob Curry. We're not looking forward to the rough road conditions on I-40 in Oklahoma.
|This large dump truck loaded with sand turned over in the middle of I-40.|
|Quite a mess.|
|Google map view of dam and lock. White building on left is power generating plant, the center section are gates used for flood control, and on the far right is the lock used for navigation. The red push pin in upper left is the campground.|
|We don't have morning shade, but do have good afternoon shade.|
|Panoramic Shot of river and dam|
|This shot taken from Reed Mountain on the north side of the river. If you look real hard, you can see our camper on the far side of the river.|
|Here's our camper at full zoom.|
|The Crepe Myrtle's here are especially pretty.|