Shooters Back From Vacation! Loads of Pics!

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  1. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mrs. Shooter and I returned friday night after a long 12 1/2 hr. drive back stopping for fuel, food, and leg cramps only.  PHEW!  Getting a bit old for that kind of push!  We have tons of pics on 2 cameras.  My post is only the last leg of the trip as family pics are on Sandys Camera and to post everything would crash the site!  LOL.   Day one we drove 10 hrs to St. Louis to see mom and sis and other family.  Day 3 we drove 5.5 hrs to Cameron MO.  just north of KC to see kids and grandkids.  Day 6 we drove to Eureka Springs Arkansas to a wonderful mountain lodge called Sugar Ridge Lodge. Several wild visiters came to the lodge and I can only assume some folks have been feeding them cause at one point a family of 5 racoons tried to follow us into our cabin!  Later a grey fox came up in front of the cabin and posed for 30 minutes or more!  DON'T FEED WILD ANIMALS!  They were almost tame and a pain at times. 

     Day 7 twp nice ladies were called in for a hour massage for each of us!  That afternoon we went into the quaint town of Eureka Springs and took trollies everywhere we went.  Had a Ok supper at a local place called Horizon.  Friday we left Eureka Springs at 8:30 am and drove straight back.  The first hour of the drive coming out of the Ozark mountains was 40-45 miles an hour with tunnels and switchbacks.  At one point a rock slide had taken out half the road!  As we crossed the tip of Louisiana to Mississippi to connect with I 55 hwy a small town had the state hwy blocked off for a homecoming parade.  Well what do ya do.  We got out of the truck and watched the  parade!  LOL...  

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  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good to have you back, Rick!!!

    Nice pics!!!  

    More would be great!!!

    Thanks,

    Bear

    PS: I know exactly what you mean about leg cramps. After 55 years old, my right thigh was good for about 150 miles before having to get out & walk a bit. Then every 20 miles after that.
     
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome back Rick. Looks like a great trip and lots of fun
     
  4. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG][​IMG]The lake was Beaver Lake off the White River system.  Few more pics below:

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  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow!!  Very Nice!!

    Can't believe there are no boats on such a great fishing lake!

    Bear
     
  6. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The night before we arrived there was a 46 F drop in temp.  Probably the temp swing kept most boats off the lake but I do have one pic for ya.

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  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    thanks,

    Bear
     
  8. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome back Rick, awesome photos there, wonderful views!
     
  9. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    welcome back rick... I never have gone farther west than oneida tenn... 

    would like to make a trip out west  some day.......thanks for the pics........[​IMG]

    Joe
     
  10. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Looks like you had fun.Glad to see you made it back .I know the road you are talking about a lot of people have died on that road for not respecting it enough.It use to have warnings  everywhere.Should have loaded up the critters and smoke -em at SELA meet.[​IMG]  I go to the white river all the chances i can.The world record brown trout was caught in it at northfork.Did you get to wet a line or was this just a site seeing vacation.
     
  11. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome back Shooter.  Glad you enjoyed your trip.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  12. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I grew up in Missouri.  I use to fly fish the White below Bull Shoals out of Gastons Resort a couple times a year.  Love that tail water river. 
     
  13. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Did my honeymoon on the north fork. If that ain't country... I don't fly fish just use a old zebco33 or a backpack pole so I can get in the crannys others miss.
     

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