Wednesday, October 7—Socialite Kay and a Short Road Trip

Kay was totally “booked” with social activities this morning. She participated in a Naomi Circle meeting at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church for most of the morning, and then joined the neighborhood ladies for lunch and catching up on the latest news.

I drove west of Hot Springs Village to investigate possible off-grid camping sites on the shoreline of Lake Ouachita, driving through Mountain Pine, AR, boyhood home of “Bobby Bones”, America’s most popular CW deejay. Using the search function in Campendium, I drove to Cedar Fourche Campground, a US Army Corps of Engineers facility.  I was looking for both dispersed and primitive camping sites. According to, Dispersed Camping is camping in an RV, a tent, or without any form of shelter, for free, outside of an established campground, on public land (owned by some level of government), without hookups, or access to other amenities. Primitive camping is usually via tent or natural shelter, including “under the stars” that is absent water, electricity, or other man made amenities (sometimes a picnic table and/or fire pit is nearby). While driving around Cedar Fourche, I noted a few birds, wildflowers, and a butterflies and stopped to make photos of a camouflaged Great Blue Heron, blooming Guara wildflower, and a Fiery Skipper.

Great Blue Heron
Fiery Skipper

Note: I highly recommend Campendium for you campers out there. is an app I heard about watching a Getaway Couple VLOG episode on You Tube. Here’s what an article in a recent Smithsonian Magazine said, “Campendium provides listings of free overnight RV parking and tent camping sites from Maine to the Mojave Desert. While these aren’t on private lands, some—such as trailside in Moab, Utah, or along the sands at the Mouth of the Rio Grande River in Texas—feel equally as exclusive.”

In a June 3, 2020, article, Condé Nast Traveler said, Campendium is a useful tool for sorting campgrounds throughout the country by location, price, variety of hookups, and even cell reception (the latter is for members only), with loads of reviews from other users.”

Wednesday evening, we enjoyed happy hour with other Paddle Wheelers in the parking lot of the Coronado Fitness Center.

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