We arrived in New Orleans a couple weekends before Christmas. Before arriving, we decided to stay at a KOA just outside the city because we were not sure what the parking situation would be like in the city (once there we realized that stealth camping would have been easy) . We had a great time Read More →

We left Homochitto National Forest because we did not like the atmosphere, but we were not quite ready for New Orleans. We stopped at another Louisiana State Park a bit north of the city, Tickfaw State Park. At every park we visit, I read the interpretive signs to learn about the local flora and fauna, and Read More →

The day we left Lake D’Arbonne State Park, the warm weather also left the region. A cold front blew in, bringing first rain and later ice. It dropped the temperature more than 30 degrees from the amazingly warm weather we experienced in the prior days. We wanted nice weather for our visit to New Orleans, Read More →

We had a wonderful Christmas in Austin, TX. Heidi made delicious cookies this morning and surprised me with a Christmas stocking she had knit. One side reads “JOHN” and the other, “SUGAR LOAF”. It was stuffed with gummy candies and beef jerky!  She had secretly worked on it every morning over the last week, getting Read More →

Unseasonably warm weather was upon us by the time we left Hot Springs, and the air grew warmer as we drove south. Now that we are no longer rushing, we are only driving around 150 miles at a time. John searched state parks in northern Louisiana at the right distance away, and came up with Read More →

Okay, readers…I admit…I am a bit behind in the posts. When we said “Happy Thanksgiving” over a week ago, we were in Hot Springs, AR, and I am just now getting to tell you about our time there. Hot Springs came on our radar while searching for National Parks in our route, since we have Read More →

We drove many, many miles in just a couple weeks. I think it was 1800 miles in 13 days. We kept up the pace to get out of the north before winter fully hit. Arkansas is south enough that while the temperatures were cold at night, it was not too cold to keep the pipes Read More →

South of Kansas City happens to be a town called Fayetteville, AR. A couple months ago, John found an online quiz that suggests towns to consider living in, based on one’s lifestyle and desired amenities. Fayetteville was the top suggestion for both of us. Neither of us had ever heard of Fayetteville, and knew virtually Read More →