Day# 49 – North to Arkansas!

LOCATION: Merrisach Lake in SE Arkansas.  Not close to anything!!!
CAMPGROUND:  Merrisach Lake Army Corps of Engineers Campground, part of Arkansas River -Wilbur Mills Dam.  Huge campground – more than 100 sites, and there are only about 15 sites filled.  Located right on lake.  Many (like ours) with lake views.  Electricity at site.  Water and dump station available.  Fairly level, paved site.  Firepit and stand-up grill.  Picnic table with cover.  Good bathrooms.   $18/night.    Too far from civilization for any cell service, TV reception, or internet.  4 stars out of 5.
WEATHER:  Mostly cloudy.  Humid.  High 86 – time to move north

We took our time enjoying all of the amenities at Lake D’Arbonne State Park – great showers, laundry, etc before we hit the road again.

Our drive was backroads again.  The only problem is that most of the state highways do not have any shoulders.  I am always afraid of needing to pull over for a flat tire.    Today, we encountered a lot of big lumber trucks and I had to pull as far over as I could.  Scary.

We arrived at this campground to find the registration office closed on Tuesdays!  Since we had reservations we went to our site.  It was kind of a dog-leg shape, and we didn’t think we could fit it in.  Since there were so many other sites available, we parked in another site.  We hope we won’t have to move.  Our new site is perfect – right on the water and no one near us. 

With rain predicted, we put the tarp up again.  Without a ladder, it is an annoyingly long and frustrating process.  The tarp keeps getting trapped around various things on top of Joy – like the air conditioner, solar panel, awning top, and vent fan.  We finally got it on, and celebrated with a drink next to the lake.

DINNER:  One of the things I enjoy about camping is re-purposing foods.  I write about our evening meal so that fellow campers can get some ideas about how I handle a small refrigerator/freezer and sometimes limited options in rural grocery stores. 

Tonight I re-purposed the grits  leftover from George’s  Sunday breakfast.  To the leftover grits, I added an egg and Parmesan cheese.  After stirring it up well, I padded it around a Pyrex dish to make a shell.

I baked the shell until it was crisp and brown.  Then, I added toppings:  George crisped up some sausage we had leftover from a previous evening’s cassoulet dish and some scallions, left over from last night’s steak roll-ups.   Other toppings were some tomato sauce, sauteed garlic and onion, and more Parmesan. I even added some of my frozen pesto that I had made before we hit the road 2 months ago!  I baked the casserole for about 10 minutes, until everything was hot and the cheese had melted.   This dish was tasty and easy.  A winner. 

BOOK:  “Among the Mad” by Jacqueline Winspear.  This is part of a series of a female investigator/psychologist that takes place in England in the 1930s.  One of these books is always a nice fall-back while I am waiting for other books to become available online.  4 stars out of 5.

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