This old oven is right next to the Visitor Center
An interesting walkway down to the swim beach.
The only inhabitants of the swimming area were a flock of geese.
My friend, Matt Boulton, was one of the vendors at the event. He makes the best granola/energy bars that I have ever tasted, handsdown! Check out his website at www.backpackerpucks.com for information on this fine product. He let me try the new Pumpkin Spice Puck and all I can say is WOW! It's really, really good, and I don't typically like pumpkin. For those who know me well, you know I strive to eat a clean, healthy diet most of the time. His bars are made from exceptional, high quality ingredients with minimal processing. I can feel good about eating these while I'm out on the trail or pursuing other outdoor activities. And, another good thing.... each bar is only $2.50. I am pretty sure that's cheaper than most of those nasty, dried out, name brand bars you get at those "health food" stores.
Almost spoiled my dinner with this yummy treat!
Well, 5 o'clock finally arrived and I got myself registered and secured a wrist band to make it official. I am a fairly new member of the Arkansas Canoe Club but I have yet to join the American Canoe Club. Members of the American Canoe Club got to attend for free but I paid $5 to cover the cost of the insurance for the event. I didn't mind a bit as it was sure to be a fun time and eventually, I'll get signed up for the national club, too, so I'll be all set for next year.
At 7 o'clock, dinner was being served at the pavilion for a small fee. I believe it was a fundraiser event for a gauge fund, or so I read. I sure didn't mind....they were feeding me! I headed over and met this lovely group of volunteers waiting to serve me a piping hot plate of spaghetti and fixin's, and it was oh, SOOO good, too. I ate every last morsel.
After dinner, I quietly headed back to my campsite to await the arrival of my friends, Crystal and Matthew, who were both expected later in the evening. It was fun people watching as the campground started filling up with event participants and more vendors. I knew I had made the right decision coming down for this event, no matter how long the drive. The new friends I had made and the anticipation of a Saturday full of exciting activities had me rearin' to go! But, first...sleep. Yes, I slept like the dead...even while camping.
Part 2 coming soon....