Remember that when you leave this Earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received, only what you have given, a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. -St. Francis of Assisi

Friday, June 24, 2011

Northwest Arkansas

After leaving Crater of Diamonds State Park, I headed north along the western edge of Arkansas. I made a stop at Fort Smith National Historic Site and walked around the trails and checked out the main building which is now a museum. The museum had displays about the Civil War and the "Trail of Tears".

painting by Cherokee artist, Dorothy Sullivan

Tuesday night I stayed at the KOA in Alma, Arkansas.  The entrance was right on Hwy 71. The sites were quiet, near the rear of the property. This campground had a few walking paths and a large pond with some unusual ducks. There were horses across the road.

I walked around the pond and sat at a picnic table on the shady side for a few hours, watching the ducks and chicks and just enjoying the quiet atmosphere of the park. This campground is owned by a retired couple from Illinois.

This is the type of park that I had considered buying when I sold my tax practice. I had done a lot of research about RV Parks and Campgrounds and read several books about Campground Management. I had a notebook full of information about different campgrounds for sale and had obtained the financial information for several parks. 

I thought that we could buy a seasonal park, work only 6 months of the year and then travel south for the winter. The campground would fulfill my wish for a place in the country and we would have a source of income at home. 

Currently I have no desire to own any property of any type. I don't want to be tied down to one location until I figure out what I'm going to do with myself.  I will try Workamping either this winter or next spring.

Workamping will allow me to stay in one area for three to six months and explore an area in depth. There are usually many things I would like to see in an area that I stop at, but staying for only one or two nights, I miss a lot. I like the idea of having a semi-permanent campsite for a few months at a time.

I'll be staying in Northwest Arkansas until Saturday morning and then moving into Missouri.


  1. Sounds like you are doing what Paul and Mary call "tasting" places. It was because I didn't feel we could do all the things I wanted to do in two weeks that made me long for a full time retirement. We shall see what my new plan develops into.

  2. YOur very good at doing your home work and looking into what you are thinking about. I know when the time comes to make a choice you will have all your ducks in a row. Good Luck.
    Nice pictures as always.

  3. you will figure out what you really want to get out of this rving thing!..have fun exploring all the options!!

  4. Have you any ideas where you would like to Workcamp this winter? I wouldn't want to stay longer than a couple of months in any location so not sure if I can find a workcamping position like that. Enjoyed your post.

  5. This all sounds good...if I hear of anything in Az I will let you know...but then again...did you know you can buy a permit for $160 ..or something like that...and camp anywhere on BLM land in AZ for six months...there is some beautiful desert to see if you don't need hookups too often...

  6. You're getting a taste of lots of areas. It's nice to have it open-ended until you decide where you want to spend more time. That looks like a nice campground, I love parking near water. I'd rather have water and nice scenery than swimming pools and rec halls. Great photos.


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