Monday, November 5, 2012

Arkansas River Trip -- Days 22-24

Day 22: Today was a motoring day as there was absolutely no wind. We anchored off Spadra Park at mile marker 229 and grilled pork chops over a fire on the river bank. It's a little muddy here at the river bank but there is a forested area with plenty of room for Major to run (which he did). We had chicken salad with bread & butter pickles on jewish rye bread for lunch. Perfect combination !!

Day 23: We started out this morning with boat chores. The engine has been running a little rough so Chris took the carburator apart and cleaned it. Good as new! Our destination today is Dardanelle State Park. As we approached the cove leading into the park, we saw a small fishing boat waving a white flag in distress. They were having engine trouble so we towed them to the boat ramp. As it turned out, they are the park hosts for Dardanelle State Park and they invited us to tie up to the park dock for the night and use the showers. Jake and Ruthie are the sweetest people you will ever meet -- ages 80 and 84 !!

The moon and clouds that night:
 Chris working on the engine:

Pepperoni, mushroom and cheese pizza:
Day 24: Our third day in a row of motoring ! It's ok though, the sky is clear, the weather is warming up, and we get 20 miles per gallon. We listened to NOAA and there is the possibility of some wind in a few days. I made pizza for lunch and it turned out great. We anchored for the night in the Petit Jean Riverat mile marker 187.2 and fished. Chris got us 2 blue catfish. The blue catfish don't fight like the channel catfish; Chris says they are the "weiner dogs of the river."

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