Dateline June 29, 2013: Leaving Flagler Beach – Going West

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This year our travel plans are taking us out to the western states to visit some of our National Parks and see family and friends along the way. The first leg is driving from Florida out to Cody WY for the Stampede 4th of July weekend. We have tickets for the rodeo on July 3rd. Then on to Yellowstone.

As we leave our wonderful community of Flagler Beach we head out for our first stop in Orlando to get the glow plug sensor changed on the Roadtrek, can’t leave home with a faulty glow plug can you. A few hours of waiting we finally get on the road and head up toward Tallahassee. About 6:00 we stop in the little town of Perry. FL and find a KOA for the night. Since golf plays an important part of our travels golf clubs always in the vehicle, we have scheduled the next stop for Alabama Golf

Last May we had the pleasure of playing golf on the Alabama, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail with Pete and Bunny Warinski. One of the few that we did not play was in Opelika Alabama not far from Auburn University. grand national sign 2The Grand National Robert Trent Jones course was as spectacular as all the others that we enjoyed last yer with Pete and Bunny.

Beautiful Course
Bit of rain

We played pretty well and dodged some rain, but got the round in.

Beautiful Course
Beautiful Course

One of the great features of traveling through Alabama are the state parks. We left the golf course for a 45 minute drive up to Alexander City and stayed at the Wind Creek Park on Lake Martin. It was a beautiful site right off the water with sensational views of the lake.DSC_0313

This park would be a great vacation getaway for families. Our next golf stop is in Missouri, so there is a two day drive through the countryside of Alabama up to Memphis and on to Jonesboro, Arkansas for the night. We found the local Jonesboro Craighead Forest Park located on a beautiful lake by the same name.The sites, which overlook the lake are first come, no reservations. Doris, the manager met us at the site, took a license and came back with the paperwork, $10.00 for the night, including all the services. We made a drink and went down to the lake and enjoyed the ducks a geese swimming in the lake. Another good night.

Morning put us on the road through Arkansas up to Missouri. One of the observations that always amazes us is how open and beautiful all these different parts of the country are. The amount of open space that have small farms or just forest is nothing short of stimulating. When we think how crowed we seem to be in the cities, we lose our understanding of how large our country is and uninhabited in many areas.

We arrived near Jefferson City, MO. To spend the night at Cooper’s Landing. It sounded great in reviews, but looked like it had just been flooded out by the Missouri River. We went back into Jefferson City and stayed at Binder Park for $15.00. Another fantastic find, clean and nestled in beautiful trees. In the morning we are off to Independence MO and the Harry S. Truman Library.