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Fun in Mt. Ida

So staying in Mt. Ida was fun. The area where we stayed was about 150′ higher than the road coming in to the property.

I spent most of the week sleeping in a tent in the woods. My brother and nephew spent most of the week in the blue tent in the foreground.

One of the more entertaining things that I managed to do on this trip was spending some quality time on an old backhoe digging up stumps. It’s not easy to manipulate the bucket. I have much more respect for an operator that is smooth.

This is the outdoor shower we had access to. Where we were staying is going to be a future retirement home for some family friends, but until they get the bathroom completed in the barn, this is how you shower. Taking a hot shower when it’s 38° outside is quite the experience.

At night we were able to have a nice bonfire made with the stumps we were digging up as well as the trees that we removed from the property.

Down at the fire pit looking back up to the barn.

I had a good time and would go back again.

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Hot Springs

So while on vacation in Mt. Ida, Arkansas, we decided that we wanted to do the tourist thing in Hot Springs. This is only about 45 east of where we were staying and the only day that we really went into town and did anything that wasn’t in the woods or in the National Forest.


First stop in Hot Springs was at the top of the Hot Springs National Park. It’s a nice little mountain that overlooks the town.

After we had a quick drive through the overlook, we stopped to get some lunch. If you’ve never been to Hot Springs, you won’t know this, but their thing is everything comes from the hot springs. Water in the bath houses, water in the beer, water in the restaurants. So we stopped at the place that brews beer with water from the Hot Springs.

I just thought this entryway to the park was neat. This is where you would walk to head up to the overlook by foot. We went back to the Hot Springs Visitor Center to go take a tour of the old bath house it is located in.

The porcelain bathtubs were massive and I very much wanted to have a hot bath in one. The ceiling in the men’s shower was composed of more than 8,000 pieces of glass that was all hand leaded.

During the 1800s, people were quite formal. The suit on the left is what you would wear while exercising and the suit on the right is what you would wear for all formal events in the bath house.

So many rings in this gym.

Finally, this is the spring that runs underneath the visitor center. It was an interesting way to spend a day. I enjoyed it and would do it again in the future.

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We left for Arkansas

After modifying the trailer two days before we leave, we load everything up and go. The best way to test something is by immediately throwing it into production. I’ve learned this through my career. Nothing can go wrong.

Greg has his 1969 Honda CL70 loaded up next to my 2000 Suzuki DR-Z400E. The rear of the Explorer is completely packed with luggage, toys for my nephew, parts, tools, everything we thing we might need.

We did manage to have quite the uneventful drive up. We did need to stop a couple of times and adjust the straps for the motorcycles. I’m not real big on how the Canyon Dancer handlebar mounts work. While they worked great for the short run I had made previously out to Norco, the longer drive resulted in them bunching up on the grips which allowed the bikes to sway significantly more than I was comfortable with. Nothing fell off though, so that was a wonderful feeling.

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