Arkansas and Twin Lakes area open for business
Jill Rohrbach, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Arkansas and the Twin Lakes area of The Natural State are open for business, despite the flooding and high water experienced in the spring.
“Yes, we had some high waters during the flooding in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, but all of the resorts and all of our marinas and all of our hospitality industry are open for business,” explained Jeff Pipkin, CEO and economic director of the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce.
In North Central Arkansas, Bull Shoals Lake and its twin, Lake Norfork, are popular for the outdoor recreation opportunities they provide. “Norfork was the worst hit,” Pipkin said. “I was out there yesterday on my boat and the lakes are dropping and the water clarity is getting clearer every day.”
Pipkin added that the majority of debris floating in…
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Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival
June 23 & 24, 2017
The 9th Annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival (RGWF) features kayak, stand up paddle board, raft, and river board competitions along with other events to promote the outdoors and an active lifestyle. The Arkansas River roars through the Royal Gorge and immediately enters Cañon City. The Whitewater Park is in the western portion of Cañon City, just a little over a mile from the end of the Royal Gorge. The RGWF celebrates the Arkansas River and highlights the many recreational opportunities it presents.
Not only will you enjoy the festival event but there is plenty of food, beer, vendors, and entertainment for the entire family. All of the money raised goes towards continued expansion of the Whitewater Park, river restoration, and charitable causes. It is the biggest party of the summer in Cañon City and one not to be missed. It’s all about “Boats, Bands, and Beer!” What is a summer festival without all three.
Here is some need to know information for this event:
–There is a $5 entrance fee for anyone 13 or older, kids 12 and under are free
–There is no entrance fee for the participants (excluding Inner Tube Races)
–No dogs are allowed in the festival area, with the exception of the Weenie Dog Race participants
–In order to consume alcoholic beverages you must be 21 or older and have identification
–No outside food or alcohol is allowed in the festival
–All bags are subject to search
–No firearms are allowed in the festival area
Mumbai, May 31, 2017: Get off of the highway and dive into one of the crystal clear waterways found only in Florida. With its pristine beaches along the coast, natural springs and beautiful lakes, the sunshine state draws in water lovers from around the world. What are you waiting for? Splash in and start exploring: […] Read Full Story Here
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Cool off this Summer at Ichetucknee Springs State Park
FORT WHITE, Fla. (May 25, 2017) –Ichetucknee Springs State Park now offers tube rentals for the first time within the park, kicking-off the Memorial Day Weekend and the beginning of the summer season. This new service offers the convenience of one-stop purchase and pick-up of tube rentals within the Ichetucknee Springs State Park, providing more […] Read Full Story Here
Wild Florida is thrilled to announce the arrival of two rare albino alligators to its Gator and Wildlife Park in Kenansville. The 23-year-old female and 12-year-old male were acquired from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. This will be the first pair of breeding albino alligators in Central Florida and one of the few places in […] Read Full Story Here
By Marcella Simmons
“Are you ready yet?”
“Not Colorado again,” whined my twelve year old grandson Nicolas. “Let’s go to Florida this year.”
“But I thought you guys loved Colorado.”
“We do but we go to the same place every year,” he said.
So after that I realized it was time to do something different – and we are. I managed to get a really good deal on a couple of rooms at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida this year for 5 nights so in addition to our 4 week vacation in Colorado we are going to Florida! It’s over a thousand miles east from home, and when we get back from there, we rest for a few days before heading toward Carlsbad, NM on our way to Arizona, then from there to Utah and then back to Colorado before returning home..
We’ve never been to Arizona (El Rancho Robles) before and the kids have never been to Carlsbad nor have any of been to Monument Valley, Utah (Gouldings Lodge). Here are several places on our 4 week trek out west that we haven’t been and I am excited, my bags are packed and this mamaw is ready to go. We are going rafting this year, not once but three times (Noah’s Ark Colorado Rafting, Acquired Tastes Rafting, Arkansas River Tours) throughout our 4 week trip so I know the kids will have a blast!
Since there will be more people traveling with us this year, I will definitely have to downsize and not take quite as many clothes (some of which I never wear anyway) to make rooms for other people’s clothes and stuff.
In the next few weeks I will be updating our blogs on our day to day adventures as well as posting numerous pictures daily. Stay tuned and come travel with us!
Rafting the Royal Gorge, Arkansas River, Colorado
By Paul Lessley
Whitewater Rafting, Royal Gorge, Arkansas River, Colorado
Now, you probably would never think to look on a map for the small town of Canon City, located in south-central Colorado, for your adventure related vacation. But once you have been there for the main tourist attraction – Whitewater Rafting – you will want to find it again and again. Over 200,000 people a year are rafting on this section of river which stretches over a hundred miles of some of the best whitewater in the world. Read Full Story Here
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Climb your way to the top in Pasco County
Whether your family likes to experience adventure in the air, on land, or sea, Pasco County has something for every member. Hop in a hot air balloon at sunrise and check out the beautiful views. And with the Gulf of Mexico a short ride…
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Military Museum of North Florida will host the annual Northeast Florida Regional Armed Forces Day Celebration
On May 20 the Military Museum of North Florida will host the annual Northeast Florida Regional Armed Forces Day Celebration. It will be held at the Military Museum in Reynolds Ind. Park, 1 Bunker Ave., Green Cove Springs Fl 32043. The event will include, parachutists, flyin by a Stearman biplane, war re enactors, classic car show, military vehicle show and a Military flea market. Food and drinks available. Admission and parking: FREE
School is almost out, at least for our area. May 19th is our last day. Having said that, we’ll be on the road again this summer. In June we’ll be heading to Florida! As soon as we get home at the end of the month, we’re heading back west – we’re heading to New Mexico the Utah and finish up in Colorado.
We visited the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, also known as Saint Francis Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico last week. The cathedral was built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an older adobe church, La Parroquia (built in 1714–1717).
By Tristin Sean Owens, 3rd Grader
Logansport Elementary School
Mamaw said we are going to Albuquerque today and we might go to Hinkle Family Fun Center. Ms. Betty, mamaw’s friend, will love playing at Hinkle’s with us! I hope she does! Then we are going to visit several old churches in Santa Fe tomorrow. I’d rather stay here at the room and swim. It was snowing yesterday when we were at the pool but the pool was warm. It is not an inside pool.
We left home last Saturday for an 8-day venture out West. The five of us made it to Wichita Falls last Saturday where we shut down for the night. We stayed at the Howard Johnson right off the Interstate – the beds were okay but there was only a half of roll of toilet paper in our room and there was no shower curtain on the shower stall. Complaining: sigh! Good thing none of us had a virus!
My friend Ms. Betty from Logansport is with us. I know without a doubt she will never want to come again for a number of reasons, mainly because of the long drive to our destination! She said yesterday that she does not like Colorado at all.
As we traveled through New Mexico over into Colorado, freshly fallen snow was everywhere.
We arrived in Alamosa, Colorado around six p.m. on Sunday and found an I-Hop where we had our evening meal before heading over to South Fork where we planned to stay for the night. We rented a nice room at the Allington Inn and Suites – the rooms were nice and clean and the best part: the pool and hot tub was inside and open for business. Our two younger travelers were excited and stayed in the pool until shortly after ten.
By now the temperature has dropped dramatically outside and it is freezing.
More to come – stay tuned!
We arrived in Santa Fe, NM on Monday. It started snowing while we were coming in. We are staying at the Inn at Santa Fe. It is a nice motel and has a full breakfast for the guests. The rooms are clean and comfy! I love it here and I’m in no hurry to leave! This week we are going downtown to visit some of the museums and old churches , and then drive over to Albuquerque on the train for a full day of shopping and visiting museums.
The boys started getting a little fussy being cooped up all day yesterday because snow was falling off and on all day. It was cold outside but in spite of that, their papaw took them down to the pool last evening for a swim in the hot tub! Well, the motel staff heated up the pool and hot tub and the boys swim, and played in spite of the wintry weather all day! There was snow on the ground in places! The pool was warm and the hot tub was even ‘hotter’! Three state troopers who were transporting a prisoner to another town was in the hot tub last night and they apparently having some drinks! I told Theresa at home about it and she told me to tell them not to “drink and drive!”
Ms. Betty seems to like Santa Fe, NM a lot better. She and I have been visiting some of the gift shops and thrift stores around town!
More to come – stay tuned!
By Marcella Simmons
This Sunday, we are headed out to Santa Fe, NM to see the country, do some travel writing and just enjoy the week away from home. I am taking my grandson Kendray, my friend Ms. Betty and my other half and best friend, Jackie.
Kendray is 5 and attends Logansport Elementary – he is in kindergarten. I had to get it approved at the school board office for him to go without the days absent being counted against him, so now that is done and approved, we are just about ready to go.
Shortly after church on Sunday, I am picking up Ms Betty and the four of us are rolling out of here for a few days.
It feels odd that I am only taking one child this time instead of the normal three but truthfully I have to write this time and take pictures for my websites and there won’t be a whole lot of time to play with the boys. Kendray will have to hang with his pa quite a bit while I work!
I already see the week unfolding and it is going to be a wonderful trip. I checked the 7-day weather outlook for Santa Fe and it is rather cool there – middle 60’s in the daytime and 40-50’s at night! According to what I read, about the middle of the week it might get up in the 70’s a couple of days!
So we ‘re heading out on Sunday – check back for daily posts of our New Mexico experience.
When we return from our New Mexico adventure, we are heading to Mt. Ida, Arkansas. In a couple of weeks Spring Break is coming up (we’re leaving right after church on Sunday and coming home the following Friday). That week the whole family will be in tow and we are going to have an awesome spring break with the kids. We’re staying at Mountain Harbor Resort in one of the large condo/cottages! It is such a beautiful place – you can actually sit on the back porch and enjoy your time away from home and listen to the birds while they’re busily going on with their day. And in the evenings an occasional raccoon will stop by ad come up on the porch for morsels of food the kids leave behind. The kids love Mountain Harbor as much as I do.
Check back this Sunday for updates!
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Northwest and North Central Arkansas
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According to Wilborn, the boat was used for interpretive lake tours of Lake Ouachita, the largest lake within Arkansas’s borders. This year the boat was dry-dock and completely renovated by the Arkansas Correctional Industries. Wilborn stated that the boat, which is the largest in the state park fleet, was transported to their facility at Tucker prison in southern Arkansas last winter and while there, inmates completely renovated the boat utilizing skills they had learned while being incarcerated.
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