We settled into The Creeks Golf and RV resort in Cave Springs, AR. This is a "Crossroad" town but it had the closest and nicest RV resort to the power plant where Mike is working. Rogers, AR is only 5 minutes away with all the shopping a girl could want or need. Bentonville, home of Walmart, it about 15 minutes away. They should just change the name of the town to Walmart, AR. We didn't waste any time exploring the Ozarks.
Our first stop on Sunday was the War Eagle Mill. It is working mill so of course I had to purchase pancake mix, popcorn and locally roasted coffee beans. Then we were off spelunking at War Eagle Cavern which was one of many hide outs for Jesse James. Mike and I have been a several cave tours so we know the drill. Bring a jacket and wear hiking boots. Caves are cold, dark and wet places. Not everyone on our tour realized that prior to arriving. They struggled in their bathing suits and flip flops. Well, experience brings knowledge. Now they know. As we passed the sleeping little brown bat, Jerry, our guide, explains that this cave is closed from November to March because there are thousands of bats hibernate in this 8 mile cavern. After our tour we headed to Eureka Springs, a tourist trap of a town. I did appreciate the narrow winding streets and architecture of this old mining town. It was built up the side a of mountain. It had a slight essence of a small European "tourist" town. We had a snack and drink at the balcony of the Basin Park Hotel in downtown.
Northwest Arkansas has surprised me with its beauty. I had never been to Arkansas before but I would recommend spending some time in the Ozarks. We will be here for a couple of more weeks so we are planning more adventures. Hopefully, putting our kayak in some water!
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.