October 24, 2016 (by Angela)
We had a fun Fall weekend even if tree color is not what I’d hoped it would be by this time in October. At least the temperatures are more Fall-like, finally
Our fun began Thursday night when we went to the local Carmike Theater to watch Keeping Up with the Joneses; it was a hoot. Jim and I much prefer The Melba, but we were not up to watching an kids’ animated movie, which is what is currently showing there.
Friday afternoon, Jim, Chewie, and I went to the park beside the White River in Batesville and explored and walked the trail. It was a gorgeous day, so we had to be out and about for a little while. We followed our nice long walk with some sinfully good ice cream from Baskin Robbins, and then we stopped to get Jim’s hair cut.
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Saturday, we headed to Bull Shoals State Park located just north of Mountain Home, Arkansas. A Fall Festival at Bull Shoals was listed under Arkansas events for this weekend. It was about a two-hour drive through big hills (or small mountains) of the eastern Ozarks following along the White River and crossing it a couple of times. At the risk of being redundant, it was another beautiful day. We stopped in Mountain Home for lunch. Looking at restaurants listed after a Google search, we decided to find and try The Back Forty. Jim had their signature burger, and I got the mini tacos. While the food was good, it was not “oh, my gosh” good.
About 25 minutes after leaving Mountain Home, we found ourselves in Bull Shoals State Park, and this was a “oh, my goodness!” beautiful. I’m not completely sure about Jim’s thoughts, but I’d be happy to camp in the park for a week or so. Many, if not most, of the camp sites overlook the White River, and there are tons of water activities to enjoy. I’m sure Jim will eventually write a campground review on the CampSights page.
We kept looking for the Fall Festival advertised. We saw signs for the evening hayrides, but we weren’t finding the music and vendors. We drove across the Bull Shoals Dam, past another RV park called Dam Site Park, into the town of Bull Shoals. We finally found what was their version of a Fall Festival. Disappointed is probably an understatement. Jim said the gathering was a Sons of Anarchy Octoberfest.
We only made one picture because there wasn’t much worth photographing. Vendors included a few food options, some folks campaigning, and several flea-market type booths. There was a live band playing, but there was not much of a place to stand or sit and watch. A couple of kid-type activities were busy, but the kid’s train was parked and still while we wandered around.
On the upside, we drove a little bit further down the street and found yummy desserts. In fact, we found a very nice restaurant and bakery. Jim had cherry pie, and I had the brownie.
Obviously, after eating these things, we needed a walk. He and I found the trail head for the Lakeside Trail, a 1.2-mile loop that went up and down through the woods (with lots of rocks, stumps, and downed trees, requiring us to watch our step) along the edge of the lake formed by the Bull Shoals Dam. After this, we headed home.
Sunday, after Jim did a little work and we took care of a few household errands, he and I headed to Searcy. We found that this was the last weekend for the live performance of Twelve Angry Women at the local theater there. When I called to get tickets for the Sunday matinee, I learned that 55 and older got a discount. Score! Jim and I are both 55, so that saved us a total of $6. We really enjoyed the visit to downtown Searcy. The play was good; it was the female version of the made for TV Movie Twelve Angry Men.
On the way to Search, Jim received a text from another consultant with whom he worked in Corinth. She would be passing through Batesville about supper time and wanted to know if we’d like to meet. We got back from Searcy in plenty of time, so the three of us had a nice visit and steak supper at Colton’s.
It was a happily busy and full weekend for us.