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Queen Wilhelmina Camping

Jamie and I had set a goal this year to do more camping on the motorcycle in 2016. We retired our 10 year old REI half dome tent and bought a new larger Kelty tent. The Half dome was an awesome tent and we hope that this tent will give us another 10 years of memories. We decided to get the Kelty Discovery 4 tent. It is designed for 4 people where our half dome tent was designed for only 2. The size and weight are almost the same so we are excited to have more room.  We posted a quick over night trip on Facebook and instagram to see if anyone wanted to join us a on a quick trip to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park. The lodge is newly renovated and it afforded us a place to eat that was near by the camp sites. The bathrooms and showers are also very good. It is a nice place to get away. 

Fred, Randy and Rob joined us. It was a good sized group. We started the journey by meeting up at the local Starbucks on Saturday morning. The gang all showed up around 7:30. We enjoyed our coffee and even got to meet a couple that also rode and enjoyed traveling. I can’t remember their names, but did give them the address to the blog, so hopefully they check it out and post a comment. Jamie and I thought they were very interesting and would be fun to hang out with. I love this about the motorcycle. People are always friendly and wanting to chat about the journeys. 

We headed out and the weather could not have been better. it was a little chilly, but the sun came out and the day was beautiful. We took the long way to the camp site including a nice ride down the Talimena Scenic Parkway. The road on the Oklahoma side is not very good but Arkansas saves the day as usual. We arrived around 1:30. We set up camp and then headed to the lodge for a nice lunch. The camping at the lodge is good and the area is very nice. 

Jamie and I went for a little ride after lunch. We went into Mena as we had to get another air mattress as we forgot one. We also rode around looking to find some wine. We were out of luck in the wine department. We have to remember that some of Arkansas is very very dry.