funny how many of my "kinfolk" were visiting Arkansas
while I was here over the 2006 Labor Day holiday - people from Louisiana
(where I was born) and Texas (where I moved in 1971 and now where
a lot of my family live after getting tired of running from hurricanes).
I really enjoyed visiting with them and hearing what they had to
say about Arkansas State Parks.
on the picture for a larger view and to get to know this family better.
Tilton Clan - gathered from Louisiana, Alabama, Texas,
and Greenwood, Arkansas. They chose Lake Ouachita State Park for
this one after seeing pics of it on the internet. They say they
were certainly not disappointed. Comments were that whoever designed
this campground really knew what they were doing - they really enjoyed
the spaciousness of the sites - even though the park was full, it
didn't feel crowded. They liked how in this Loop A that each RV
site had tent pads to go with it, and how easily Maw-maw's wheelchair
could be maneuvered around the entire area. Traci, too familiar
with southern humidity, said she particularly appreciated the cooler
weather and fewer mosquitoes. They have a "party" boat,
and said this park had the best and most access to the water they'd
ever seen. They laughingly said the only complaint they had was
that the grooved picnic tables wouldn't let their dominoes stand
upright without using paper plates. The kids ranging in age 3-12
really enjoyed the water, fishing, and especially going tubing for
the first time. They were also looking forward to a visit to the
Science Museum in Hot Springs.
& Sherry Missildine (with Mason the dog) and Greg & Julie
McCown from Texarcana - I met these couples when I was taking
pics of the C loop. They really liked this big deck next to their
RV site (#79) and the only thing they wished for were more sites
with sewer hookups - this area has none. Comments were that the
big draw is how clean the lake is - it's one of the few they feel
comfortable swimming in. The peace and quiet and how well kept and
clean the bath houses are was appreciated. They also mentioned the
nice weather and fewer bugs. One thing I noticed about this site,
though, is that it's pretty tight on the RV pad itself - the proximity
to the trees would probably prevent slides coming out.
Schneggenburger Family from Azle, Texas - Here they are
fishing at the end of the Three Sisters Springs area. Dad Ken said
they'd camped in Texas, Kentucky and Tennessee, but that Arkansas
state parks are a cut above and their favorite. They really liked
the clean water, the big green trees, and the family oriented park
activities. Cousin Tricia is having fun casting her cares away at
the fish. That's Ken's daughter, Christie, next to him, and another
cousin Kim at the end. 16 year old beauty Christi didn't mind me
taking her picture at all - she said she wanted to be Paris Hilton.
Dad replied, "Over my dead body!" Mom Susan is just relaxing
and taking it all in.
Fowlar Family from Sunnyvale, TX - I met these folks during
one of the park activities, the Water Walk. Interpreter Andrew Whittington
led us along the banks of the lake, turning over rocks to find some
of the smallest inhabitants of the park, the aquatic organisms.
Mom Laura is identifying the find of her kids, Sarah and Nic, from
the info sheet provided.
seems like everyone was on the same wave length, because their comments
were similar to the others I'd heard. This was their first visit here
and said they really loved the clean water, the gorgeous scenery,
the family friendly organized activities, and the fact that the lake
was so huge that even when lots of boaters are out, you can always
find a secluded cove or inlet.
also met Buddy Carmack, who was camphosting here during my stay. He
said he's been hosting since 1990 and one of the things that make
this park so enjoyable is how friendly and helpful the entire staff
is here. He is impressed with how responsive maintenance is with any
issues he brings to their attention and how clean and well kept the
park is. I agree!