Hot Springs National Park KOA, Hot Springs, Arkansas

I booked 4 days at this KOA so that we could spend some time exploring the national park and sightseeing. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t really cooperative for hiking in the woods and it was too foggy to get good photos from the mountain top but it was still an interesting place. I paid for aContinue reading “Hot Springs National Park KOA, Hot Springs, Arkansas”

Nauvoo State Park and Historic Site, Nauvoo, Illinois

Nauvoo is a place of historical significance and the state park is almost within walking distance of the historic village and visitor’s center. The LDS Church (Mormons) purchased and built up this town in the 1840s, after being kicked out of Missouri and before they were run out 15 years later, eventually settling in SaltContinue reading “Nauvoo State Park and Historic Site, Nauvoo, Illinois”

Elk Rock State Park, Knoxville, Iowa

It’s almost the off season, end of September, and so the park does have a little different atmosphere, fall leaves, some rain, and empty during the week and almost full on the weekend. This large state park has a “regular” or non-equestrian campground area and an equestrian area. Elk Rock State Park is on RedContinue reading “Elk Rock State Park, Knoxville, Iowa”

9 Free Dog-Friendly Walks In and Near Branson, MO

It turns out that Branson, a popular entertainment mecca for families and retired folks, is chock-full of outdoor free adventures that are dog-friendly, some right in town. And if you want to take a little drive, Table Rock State Park is only 9 miles away. First of all, if you’re staying in Branson for anyContinue reading “9 Free Dog-Friendly Walks In and Near Branson, MO”

Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area, Ozark National Forest, near Deer, AR

“An easy hike with great scenery in the Ozark National Forest. Less than 70 miles from Branson, MO” On Monday morning we made the 67 mile drive to Alum Cove Natural Bridges from Hollister, MO. Although I have an annual National Parks Pass, there is no entrance fee in the Ozark National Forest. From Jasper,Continue reading “Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area, Ozark National Forest, near Deer, AR”

Dog Parks in Branson, MO

I’ve only been here for 5 days but plan on staying all summer so we’ve already checked out some of the dog-friendly entertainment. I’m staying in Hollister, just across the river from Branson and a quick 3 minute drive. Branson does tend to get crowded, traffic-wise, especially on weekends in the summer so I wantedContinue reading “Dog Parks in Branson, MO”

Joplin KOA Journey, Joplin, MO

This KOA takes hospitality to a whole new level. It doesn’t state on the website whether this KOA is family owned or not but the employees really do treat you like family, or at least like very welcome guests. It’s a relaxing full service KOA in mature oaks but conveniently just off I-44 in SouthwestContinue reading “Joplin KOA Journey, Joplin, MO”

May 22, 2011

Driving through Joplin takes you back in time to a simpler era long ago with clapboard houses and country stores. As the character Scout said at the beginning of the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird, “{it} was a tired old town.” But as I was driving through Joplin and enjoying the neighborhoods and the fact thatContinue reading “May 22, 2011”