Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Day 148, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Aux ARC Campground, Ozark, AR, Day 3

Many Black Vultures Over the Campground
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Aux ARC Campground, Ozark, AR, Day 3, 0 Miles, 6,780.5 Miles For the Trip

Another lazy day. I did lots of reading, took a walk along the campground, and a shower.

There are hundreds of vultures that arrive every evening. Unlike the turkey vultures out west, they are a little smaller, and have white tipped wings. I looked them up in my iBirds app and it appears they are Black Vultures. They must overnight in the trees across the river, and circle over the campground & river at different heights. It reminds you of the movie "The Birds" although I never got a photo of a large group. A couple more photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

That is about it for the day. Because we are expecting thunderstorms in the AM, I started packing up the outside stuff so I'll spend less time in the rain. Of course that probably will result in it not raining!

Dinner was mostly leftovers - the rest of the ravioli, spaghetti sauce, but with meatballs & sausage rather than shrimp.

Until Tomorrow -

Monday, March 27, 2017

Day 148, Monday, March 27, 2017, Aux ARC Campground, Ozark, AR,Day 2

Monday, March 27, 2017, Aux ARC Campground, Ozark, AR,Day 2, 0 Miles, 6,780.5 Miles For the Trip

The trains on the other side of the river are loud enough to be annoying. I don't mind the engine & track noise, but could do without the horns. They end around 2:00AM, and start again at 6:00AM, although there are fewer during the late hours.

I climbed out of bed at 9:00AM, took a walk around the campground - is is over a mile from one end to the other, then made breakfast. After reading some forums & blogs, I packed up my dirty clothes, and headed for the Maytag Laundromat. Not the most modern one I've been to, but they did have front loading machines & plenty of dryers.

The rest of the day was spent sitting outside in the mixed sun & clouds reading.

Dinner was cheese ravioli with shrimp in spaghetti sauce.

Until Tomorrow -

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Day 147, Sunday, March 26, 2017, ACE Campground, Ozark, AR

Site D19
Sunday, March 26, 2017, Aux ARC Campground, Ozark, AR, 149.8 Miles, 6,780.5 Miles For the Trip

Not too long a drive today, some on I 40, but most on US 64, a two lane highway that parallels I 40, and is far more fun to drive (although, I have to admit, a bit slower). I stopped at a Walmart along the way for some supplies, then stopped for the day at an ARC campground on the Arkansas River across the bridge from Ozark, AR. I'm in site D19, a water & electric site for $9.00 per night (with the Senior Pass discount) for three nights. A pretty site overlooking the river not too far from the bathrooms. A minor problem is the railroad across the river & a crossing that requires tooting the horn. Pretty loud when sitting outside, but not too bad in the trailer.

There is one NPR news station, and good Verizon & AT&T 4G cell coverage.

I spent most of the afternoon sitting outside reading. I did take a shower around 5:00 - push buttons with a 10 second run, very hot water with the first blast, then it settles down to a good temperature. No shower curtain & the shower head aims at the drying area, but it is a standard shower head, so it can be aimed so it doesn't get the drying area too wet.

There is a prediction for severe thunderstorms in the morning, but right now it is pleasant out with a light breeze.

Dinner was a salad.

Until Tomorrow -

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Day 146, Saturday, March 25, 2017, Dripping Springs State Park / Okmulgee City Park, Okmulgee, OK, Day 2

Saturday, March 25, 2017, Dripping Springs State Park / Okmulgee City Park, Okmulgee, OK, Day 2, 0 Miles, 6,630.7 Miles For the Trip

Not much happening today. We did have a thunderstorm last night with a bit of rain, and it has cooled considerably. Right now, at 2:40 it is only 53°F, the high for the day. While I didn't use it last night, I dug out the cube heater & have it going on low to keep the trailer at 67°F.

I took a break from doing nothing & walked around the campground. About 1/2 through the walk, another Escape 17 pulled by. Dave, a fellow Escape owner from Buffalo, NY saw my blog last night, realized he was driving by the park & stopped by to say hello. He is on his way west. After a brief chat, he headed on & continued my walk around the campground. I stopped by the bathrooms at the other end of the campground. Much newer, nicer, and separate showers, but they have the high pressure shower heads, and cost $1.00 for 6 minutes; mine are free. It does appear to have heat, which would be nice today.

Back at the trailer I snacked, wrote a couple of postcards for the grandchildren, & read most of the afternoon.

Dinner was a Chicken Pot Pie baked in the trailer to use the extra heat from the toaster oven.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Day 145, Friday, March 24, 2017, Dripping Springs State Park / Okmulgee City Park, Okmulgee, OK

Site 20
Friday, March 24, 2017, Dripping Springs State Park / Okmulgee City Park, Okmulgee, OK, 198.2 Miles, 6,630.7 Miles For the Trip

The wind died down around midnight, but picked up again around 7:00AM, although not the 60 MPH gusts of yesterday. Speaking of yesterday, a couple of interesting "finds". First, don't ever depend on Local Store.net to find something, at least drug stores. It is time to do my "grand refill" on my prescriptions - over the last year I choose my refill dates so all of them would come due at the same time to make it easier while traveling. Last year the problem was using my favorite local (ie Oswego) pharmacy. They don't have many stores outside NY state, so I had to get prescriptions filled at other pharmacies, which always meant canceled refills.

So. the solution was to leave my favorite pharmacy and go to a national one. The only one in my home town is Rite Aid, which does have stores in many states. Unfortunately, they don't have any in Arizona, New Mexico or northern Texas. I did a search on Local Store.net & they showed 5 Rite Aids in Oklahoma City. I called the one closest to my route to phone in the refills, and the phone answered CVS Pharmacy. Huh - well, maybe they changed stores. Called each of the others and they all answered CVS pharmacy! Seems there are no Rite Aids in Oklahoma. I don't think much of a store finding service that gives the wrong store! So, I will have to wait until I reach Tennessee to get my refills. I think I have enough...

The other interesting "find" last night was a wasp on the screen of my window around dusk. A close look showed I was viewing its back, meaning it was inside. I don't like wasps, so I got out the fly swatter & hit it. Now usually, when I use the fly swatter on a stinging insect, it either misses, or just "wings" it, letting it disappear into the trailer. This time I did get it, but then noticed another one between the screen & sliding window. I squashed that one, then wondered how many got inside and are hiding, waiting to nail me in the middle of the night! I didn't find any more, however this (today) afternoon I ran the window shade up all the way & discovered another wasp between the screen & window that rode all the way here. I'm not sure how the first got through the screen, but I'm glad the other two stayed outside, and hope not to find another one!

Anyway, now to today. Most of the drive was on I 40 with enough side winds to make it a 2 hands on the steering wheel drive. Only 11.9 MPG for the day. I'm at Dripping Springs State Park, which seems to have become Okmulgee City Park. The campground map says it is a state park, but the campground host brought back my check that I had made out to Oklahoma State Parks, and asked if I could make it out to the city - the city took over the park last year. In any case, it is a large park with three campgrounds. I'm in site 20 in the Red Oak Campground, a water & Electric site for $18.00 per night, including a $2.00 senior discount. I'm here for tonight & Saturday. Like the last park, this one is mostly empty. There are two trailers other than me & the host in a campground with 60 sites.

It is my kind of campsite with lots of space between sites, a picnic table, and plenty of shade (at least once the red oaks leave out). The bathrooms are a bit primitive, but acceptable. One of the showers doesn't, but the other has a good shower head, a pushbutton that runs long enough & provides hot water, a bench, but no hooks for clothes, or any place for your soap or shampoo in the shower. No shower curtain, but not too much water ends up in the drying area.

It looks like the bathhouse on the other end of the campground is newer, with individual showers, but this one works. Acceptable AT&T without an amplifier, and while only one bar of Verizon 4G LTE without the amp, with it 3 bars & acceptable speed.

I didn't do much other than read a few blogs & forums, and my latest book. It is warm out - in the high 70's, but still a little windy.

Dinner was a Bubba Turkey Burger & steamed snap peas.