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One of the great things about traveling is that you, the Captain, are in control. You choose when to go, where to go, when to stop and go, and when to return to home base. Team traveling, being a team sport, means that hopefully the two of you have agreed on at least some of these decisions! I once knew a “traveler” who took off and “saw the country”! Yep, there’s Winston-Salem, as we ripped past. And there’s Austin, as we observed the skyline from a distance of 12 miles! This was not teamwork and didn’t have a lot to do with site seeing! Seeing the landscape and missing the sites to me is a bit akin to playing chess with some missing pieces. Then again, there are those folks who could care less about site-seeing, and who’s wintertime destination is a special place (let’s say in Arizona or Florida) where kicking back and relaxing is their passion. We’ll talk more about that in the future but for now, let’s travel and site-see! Having planned out our trip, I just love the options open to me of left and right hand turns, or going straight. Each evening as I ponder the next run and finalize what we want to see, I’m free to choose wherever! As one crosses the Mississippi River, it becomes immediately apparent that it is not a body of water with which to be trifled. We’ve read the Tom Sawyer stories, as well as the Abraham Lincoln adventures, and how they rafted the river’s waters. Sounds simple enough, right? They required skill and some knowledge of maneuvering the craft in those swift-flowing waters. Long poles helped! The river is wide, deep, and has a significant current which precludes many small vessels from attempting either a north- or southbound passage. We are happy to use the

bridge crossing and to be taking US 65 north toward Little Rock, Arkansas! One of the least pleasant aspects of RV’ing is the black water/grey water thing. (That’s sewer/wash water for the novice.) I choose to let the subject matter collect in the holding tanks so that when it does find its way out at the time of my choosing, there is an accumulated rush of water to hopefully carry the other stuff along with it. So, each morning, prior to departing with the camper I empty the tanks. We don’t need all that unnecessary weight being carried along! Choose your sewer hose-end connectors carefully. It is not fun, and the folks nearby tend to frown, when a connector comes loose and the product you had destined for the underground pipes, terminates its journey in your, or worse yet, your neighbor’s side yard, while they savor their morning breakfast on their patio! It happened to me in this part of Arkansas! It is invariably embarrassing! And need I say, messy! I now prefer the “screwin” designed connectors: often red in color and somewhat pricey but worth every penny for ease of attachment to the hose, and especially their ability to prevent embarrassing events as described! Arkansas is another interesting State. Lots to see, major metro areas, home of an expresident, and back-country areas where folks, (and I’ve known them,) can buy a reasonably priced place, till the soil, buy a goat or two, and just plain lose themselves from civilization! In other articles, I’ve talked about the out-of-the-way interesting sites to see. In this case, in Lake Village there is Lakeport Plantation. Built in 1859 during the south’s cotton boom, it is a fine example of Greek Revival construction and an interesting tour.

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