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Sunday, October 23, 2016

On to Toad Suck!

Hi all,

 So after a quick one week stop back in Wisconsin to see family and doctors we are on the road again. This is the start of year five of the full time lifestyle, we are definitely still loving it.
 We lit out Monday and although not the plan we drove pretty hard. We ended the day at just over 400 miles at Rend Lake near Benton IL. This is a big park with multiple campgrounds and a marina. It is a managed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. We are making a little more effort to use corp parks as we now have the golden age passport allowing us half price camping. So camping here was $9.00 what a deal.
 Day two not quite as long a drive we made it to Forrest City, Arkansas our first time staying in the Razorback State. This time the only thing close by was a private park named Delta Ridge. The road in was a little rough and I started to get a little skeptical of the area. As we pulled in the camping area didn't look to bad and most of the rigs were decent looking.
 We lucked out getting a site here as a entry sign said they were full tonight. Wendy called to double check and sure enough they had a site available.
 Our main destination is Florida to hang with the daughter and her husband this winter. Along the way we wanted to hit  Abbeville, LA where there are a couple festivals that we want to see. We have a little time before needing to be there so Wendy has been searching for a park to hang out for a few days. Well she comes across Toad Suck Park, a Corp of Engineering park along the Arkansas River.
 Toad Suck is not a city but a bend on the river with only the Park and a quick stop gas station there. Story goes that there was a bar along the river and the women said the men would drink until their bellies looked like swollen toads.
 Our plan was mostly to relax and unwind a bit, so this looked to be the perfect spot. We got a nice sight on the river and enjoyed watching barge traffic and the goings on at the lock and dam on the opposite shore.
 We did do a day drive one day to check out Petit Jean State Park. This was Arkansas first state park and is 2658 acres with the Petit Jean Mountain the main area. Named after a French girl who disguised herself as a boy and secretly accompanied her sweetheart to America.
View of Arkansas River


 We got a great day with cool temps but sunny blue skies, just a nice day to hike a bit and explore the park.
 It is quite a nice park offering camping, cabins, and a lodge with restaurant. It also features a small lake for non motorized boating and fishing.
 

Lake Bailey

View from CCC overlook


CCC shelter



 

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