Friday, May 8, 2015 – Arkansas is simply beautiful. My friend Chrissie calls it “God’s Country” and she is right. Here’s some pictures as we drove in yesterday. We hope to get out in our truck and see some of what’s up the mountains. Roy watches the moonshining shows and just knows that’s what we’ll find up there! The roads curve every which way and go up and down. It’s a little dizzying, but pretty!
Same as the last time, we love this RV park, Angler’s Holiday Mountain Resort. It is part of our Coast to Coast plan so we pay nothing to stay here and can stay two weeks! This really gives us time to explore this area and see everything we didn’t see two years ago. Here’s some pictures of different places within the resort area.
I wrote the above yesterday evening and we woke up to rain so we won’t be wondering around outside taking pictures too much today.
I am, however, going to change directions here and give you a little insight into a not so fun side of RV life. RV bloggers have been accused of only painting the pretty picture of living in an RV. I don’t want to be one of those who only paint the pretty picture but I must say 95% of the time it’s fabulous. Other than the absolutely delicious cantaloupe, apple, banana, yogurt, kale and orange juice smoothie I made this morning, today is one of those 5% days.
While the resort we are in is full of natural beauty and serenity, we have no phone service. grrrrrrrr…… nor do we have text messaging which would have been a great alternative. I’ve resorted to facebook private messages and emails to let loved ones know we’ve safely arrived. I found out neither Verizon nor ATT work down here in the valley.
When we turned the TV on upon arriving, and the satellite dish started to boot up, it gave us a warning message that our receiver’s temperature was at 141 degrees which was too hot to function. We’ve never received that message before and since the receiver is in a location that no one would go near we never felt it being hot. Roy put our stand up fan on the drivers seat facing the units and began figuring out what he could do about this problem. Remember how we don’t have phone service, well that service would have been handy when dealing with this and the problems below.
When I got up this morning, before even getting my coffee, Roy walked me through what he needed to do to resolve this. I don’t quite know how to describe what all he said but part of it is that we will remove the VHS/DVD unit which will provide more air space around the satellite receiver. Our Blue Ray unit will show DVDs so we don’t lose that capability. He’s checking on the fan in the Satellite Receiver and is changing out some capacitors (thank goodness for having a hubby that carries such odd things around with us). Here’s three pictures showing how he removed all the technology units and what he’s doing right now (on Friday afternoon). The rest of the equipment wouldn’t fit in the same picture but it’s all there spread out on the floor!
The second part of what my pre-coffee morning education involved was finding out we had to go into town to a Dish Satellite company. The story about that is below:
One of the things we have to do anytime we travel a good distance (and 473 miles is a good distance) is to contact Dish Network to give them our current zip code so we can get local channels (which also includes our favorite shows on network TV). You do this through an online chat with them. When Roy contacted them yesterday evening to do this they said that we had to upgrade our satellite equipment first. He went through this with three different chatters and got the same information. Even though one of them said they would change it we wound up having South Dakota local channels. They picked this up from our mail forwarding address we use in South Dakota. Roy told them where we are in Mountain View, Ark but we still got South Dakota channels. Let me say here that Grey’s Anatomy was on last night so the emphasis was strong to get them on our TV last night but that didn’t happen.
We went into town to the local RadioShack which is also a Dish Network dealer. This really nice man (we think his name was Tony) spent a lot of time with Roy figuring out the problem. He said we did not need upgraded equipment since what we have, a Dish VIP722K was a new model. He felt like Dish was giving us the run around so he called them. After going through a few people on the phone he was able to get it straightened out and we now have service.
While we were there I asked the other man who worked there about local things to do and see. He gave me a nice list and even somewhere we’ll go for Mother’s Day Dinner. Lots of folk music played in this parts and we want to hear all of it! So, intermingled in the not so great RV day was meeting these two guys who helped us a lot and gave us some local tips to make our stay here nicer. He also told me about two festivals they have here. One is the bean festival in October. They put out some big pots and cook different type of beans and you can eat free. The funny part of the festival is the “Out House Races”. They actually race out houses, not port a potties, but outhouses created especially for the race. Here’s a description of the bean fest and outhouse race I found on Wikipedia:
During the last weekend of October, thousands attend the Arkansas Bean Fest and Great Championship Outhouse Races. Early Saturday morning, nearly one ton of pinto beans are cooked in large, antique iron kettles that are set up along the west side of the courthouse square. Promptly at noon, a nearly endless amount of free beans and cornbread are served to the gathered crowd. The festival continues with the famous Outhouse Race. Teams from Arkansas and surrounding states push outhouses built on wheels (similar to a go-kart) in a series of races. The overall champion receives the coveted Golden Toilet Seat Trophy. Handmade crafts and folk music play an integral part in this festival as well.
The man (I have got to get better about remembering their names) I talked to goes to a local Baptist church and we may go to church with him Sunday. I think I love meeting the locals as much as anything else! They really give us a good idea of the area from a locals perspective.
Here’s two pictures from our drive back to the resort. I’m sure Chrissie will be smiling every time we post pictures of this wonderful place. We also have family, John and Barbara Tate, that live a couple hours south of here. I can see why they moved here and love living here.
The sun is sneaking out and I am going out to enjoy it and take some pictures while Roy’s still hard at work on the Satellite Receiver. He absolutely has the worst part of the RV issues to deal with. I do get lots more fun time than he does sometimes. Other times we both just have fun and I love those days!
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