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Day 22 - Exploring Western Arkansas

Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Border Pictures, funky mailbox

rain 24 °C

Distance traveled 120 miles (200 k)

A lazy start to our day here at the Riverview Cabins. Today is a do as we please day. The weather forecast is calling for 50% chance of rain, with thunderstorms in the mix, and that takes out our plans for any longer hikes.

Jenny spends the early part of the day reading while I get the blog up-to-date and on-line. Around 10am we head out to explore this area right at the Arkansas/Oklahoma border.

Jenny want to see the Queen Wilhelmina State Park. This is due in part, to her Dutch heritage. The park is located on top of a mountain and back in 1898, a group of Dutch railway investors, built a lodge on the mountaintop and named it after the Queen of the Netherlands. The three story lodge was only open for three years and is now gone entirely, except for a couple of outbuildings.

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The setting is absolutely lovely and there is a modern 40 room lodge on this spot now. We took a hike along the Lovers Leap trail, a ½ mile rocky downhill, followed by an equally rocky uphill back to the lodge. The views were great and we were pleased to have gotten in a hike on a rainy day.

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We drove to the Oklahoma border for pictures and then returned to our cabin for a quiet afternoon, before preparing to depart in the morning.

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As we were headed back to our cabin we came across a neat mailbox:

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And lastly, just a ½ mile from our cabin in the tiny town of Oden, AR, was this bank building, which must date back into the 1800”s

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Tomorrow we tackle the longest one day drive of this trip, from here to Bowling Green, Kentucky...a distance of almost 550 miles. Bowling Green will be our last US stop on the trip and we plan to spend three full days here, one in Nashville, one at Mammoth Cave National Park, and one exploring the horse farms of Kentucky

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 13:36

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Nice wildflower photo, too.

by Mary Klimek

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