Fall Foliage, Day 4 - DeGray Lake to Buffalo River State Park, Arkansas
Last night Christian and I managed to both sleep in our hammock, an Eno double nest (affiliate link + straps). It was actually quite cozy once the people down the road stopped loudly fighting outside!
In the morning we had a quick breakfast (banana muffins/peanut butter and eggs) before packing up and shipping out. There are so many steps and things to remember - we started working on a departure checklist on the drive up for next time.
Today we were planning to drive to Mountain Home, AR, on a recommendation from the cashier at Mays RV in Lewisville, TX), but I wasn’t finding good places to stay. Just a little closer than Mountain Home are the Ozarks National Forest and the Buffalo River, however, and there were plenty of sites available.
Once we arrived at Buffalo River State Park, we used what we learned from last time when it came to parking. Instead of just pulling into a spot, we backed the Honda off the dolly first, then disconnected the dolly, then backed the RV into the space, backed the Honda in next to it, and rolled the dolly by hand into the grass. Which I realized in typing it out sounds quite complicated, but it’s going to be much easier when it’s time to leave or take small trips.
We’re also starting to be much more efficient at making camp on arrival, splitting up the tasks of plugging in water/electric, hanging the hammock, locking up the bikes, etc. This park has a cool self-pay/registration system with first-come first-serve spots, where you just need to put your cash in an envelope and hang the stub on a post by your spot.
Then I collected firewood while Christian recovered from the drive here (there were lots of steep hills and curves).
I finally roasted some marshmallows once we got the fire started, using our handy roasting sticks from the Gencos. The last place we stayed had a burn ban in effect, but the weather here is about 10 degrees cooler, so sleeping outside in the hammock tonight is going to require more blankets.
We also walked down to the river to gauge good spots for launching the kayak tomorrow - we’ll also need to look up shuttle service or figure out how to get back to where we started. There’s a beautiful overhang just a minute away from our spot:
And down the road a ways is a nice flat area for launching and skipping rocks.
Tomorrow we’re hoping to kayak, hike, and maybe even find somewhere with enough signal to reach the outside world!