Lake Greeson, Murfreesboro, AR

Trip Start Sep 04, 2008
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Trip End Sep 26, 2008


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Cowhide Lane, Army Corps of Engineers Campground

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lake Greeson, Murfreesboro, AR; Sunday (9/7), Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
 
We saw sites along the lake that were under water but ours were not. They were right along the lake, about 8 stair steps from the water. Pulling in the site was a little bit of a trick. It was a tight turn then down a short but steep ramp into a pretty level gravel area parallel to the lake. Rick went first dragging his generator exhaust a little and just missing his rear bumper as he went down the ramp into the site. I turned in next and made it all the way until the spare tire hung up on the last little bit of asphalt before the level part of the site. It bent the carrier up to a weird angle and Rick pulled the spare off so I could continue. Once down there we set up and prepared for a few days near the water.
The weather here was terribly hot and humid with no relief from a breeze, with even the nights just cooling enough to make sleeping without air conditioning possible. Every day the clouds seemed to threaten rain, but all we got was about 20 drops one evening.
The big attraction in Murfreesboro is the diamond field which is a state park. People go to the park to sift and wash dirt looking for diamonds. The visitor center tells the story of the "crater" and how diamonds are found in or on the dirt. We attacked the dirt with lots of energy one morning, hoping that after the recent rains in the area that diamonds would just be waiting for us. I had made some sifting screens for us to use and brought them with for that purpose. Robin, Rick and Ruth found jasper and quartz; I found a petrified dog turd.
The other days at Lake Greeson were spent fishing, playing games and a side trip or two to the nearby villages. We had a great lunch in a little diner in the tiny town of Daisy. The proprietor was the nicest lady who spent some time sharing local stories and possible places to camp. Did I say playing games? Yeah, there is a running battle in bean bags, blongo ball and around the world rummy that must continue whenever we camp together.
One of the events we have planned is a "secret supper". The idea is that one night Ruth and Thom will prepare a special supper for everyone, but Rick and Robin do not know what is being prepared; and on another night, Robin and Rick will prepare a dinner for all that Thom and Ruth will not know about in advance. So, on Tuesday evening we chased Rick and Robin to the shower while we prepared for the secret supper. We thought about what we could prepare before we left home so we would carry what we needed and we decided that the four of us had always enjoyed the wonderful fondue suppers that we shared so often over the last 38 years, and that did it; we brought our remaining fondue pot and Ruth collected the requisite steak, shrimp, scallops, green pepper, onion, potato, smoky links, broccoli, cauliflower, and the sauces to dip in. When Rick and Robin came back, the oil was hot, table set, food ready and a string of little white lights decorated our eating area. We led them to the table, eyes closed to help the surprise and got a photo of their delight when they saw our favorite "together meal" spread out in front of them. Fondue while camping? You bet! http://www.arkansas.com/lakes-rivers/lake.aspx?id=17
It is about now that we begin to worry about two things; first, can we get out of this spot without damage to the vehicles; and second, what hurricane Ike will mean to us.
On the appointed day, we packed up and got ready for the pull out of the site. Rick, again went first. We used some plywood to make the transition from gravel to asphalt easier and he went up without incident. I put the truck in 4 wheel drive and pulled onto the blocks managed by Ruth and Rick while Robin watched for clearance as the trailer reached the road above - success! One worry down, now we will see what Ike will do.
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