Wednesday, May 22, 2013


We are heading east from KC and our next stop is Memphis, TN. We found another COE Campground, the Dub Patton COE. A pretty site we had almost to ourselves. We were close to Lake Arktabula...Memphis is a busy place and we mainly wanted to visit Graceland and eat BBQ...not a lot of culture on our minds. (sorry).

Our campsite
Neither Paul nor I were big fans of Elvis...but we still wanted to visit Graceland and after our visit we became fans...we really enjoyed the time we spent there.

Elvis was an industry...above are just some of the memorabilia sold to his fans.
A lovely home, but no mansion...
More memorabilia
gold records and albums
some of his costumes and posters from Las Vegas and movies
The tour included an audio guide which was very informative.
Elvis' grave
I got a kick out of these trash bins....
"thank you, thank you very much"....
He was one of a kind
Tally ho,

Early May in KC

We decided to visit KC on a close, just felt we needed to touch base. May Day found us back at Lake Jacomo once again! I needed a hair cut! Wanted to visit the KC Zoo, and maybe catch a Royals game. Two out of three were accomplished. The weather was beyond crazy...warm and sunny for the zoo...

My folks joined us, a perfect day for the zoo, actually, it was too warm!

This is my sister, the polar bear!

Two days later we had this...

Way tooooooo cold, had to break out the gloves and scarves, which we put away several months ago. One thing we have learned along the way...the weather changes, sometimes quite dramatically. Be prepared! Glad I was a girl scout 😊.
While we were visiting, in KC, my dear cousin-in-law Rob Glover passed away. We were able to attend the funeral and give our love to his wife, my cousin, Tina. Sad times.
But, we still had a wonderful visit and agreed we made a good decision.
Next stop, Memphis via a couple of nights at Walmart...
Tally ho,

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day from Pickwick Dam

I am all out of order...but this post is real time. For once!
 Pickwick Dam TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) campground is very close to the Shiloh Civil War battlefield which we intend to visit today. Paul has two relatives who fought here with the Army of Ohio. Both William and his nephew Absalom Lafferty were captured at the battle. Both survived the Civil war. We will see "the Hornet's nest" and hear all about the generals who commanded and the tactics and is beautiful country around here...the weather is cool, but sunny, so we should have a very enjoyable day...probably not very busy 'cuz most moms will be out to lunch somewhere!
Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful mother, Phyllis Mimran Arrington. And to all you Moms:


Ok...I didn't want this post to have no photo...the above is of an amazing cheese fritter I enjoyed while eating some delicious Memphis BBQ....
Tally ho,

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Ever see a car with that written on the windows? Along with...JUST MARRIED??? Now I know they were headed for Hot Springs, Arkansas!!! We were there too....Staying at a COE facility on Lake Ouachita.

While we were here Paul fished
And we had a lovely site for MiniPearl

We also explored Hot Springs...the smallest National Park! I have pix to share, later...still on the camera as I didn't take the tablet...
I know I am posting this out of order, but look at the leaves on the trees...see how they are pretty much out? Well, notice the trees when I show photos from KC...looks like winter!
Lots more to share...
Another time....
Tally ho!


We had a lovely time in Hot Springs Arkansas and were destined for Memphis when it hit me...hey you are pretty close to KC and your folks...why not take a turn north and spend a little more time visiting. Life is too short, need to hug my mother! And Paul, being the nice guy he is, agreed...So we left Hot Springs and drove to Rogers, AR and Beaver lake COE campground.

This is Crystal Bridges museum of American Art. We were told not to miss this place and I am so glad we were able to visit!
A beautiful museum...inside and out! All works of art are by American artists and the place is huge with many galleries and mediums. We only saw a bit, we will return...I am sure.
We had an excellent lunch in this gorgeous room...
Above is my yummy chicken salad
Paul got red beans and rice
After lunch, we headed over to the Pea Ridge Battlefield National Monument. An important Civil War battle fought here to determine the status of the state of Missouri. The South lost the battle...and Missouri too.

Paul knows a lot about Civil War these visits to battlefields are always a treat for him and I always learn too!

After Pea Ridge we headed to Monte Ne just a bit down the road for fried chicken. Both of us had been here before...I have been several times while in the area for the craft sales in October...Paul went last year with our brother in law Neil. We loved...really loved their fried chicken...

Oh, the anticipation!
First...the bean soup!

We ate it all up!
Here's dinner...
Now it is Pea Ridge!
Well, here's the bad wasn't as good...don't know why???
Oh well, it was still a great, busy wonderful day...
On to KC
Tally ho,