The super short drive

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The tug boat "Miss Pat" photographed last November while passing through Warfield Point

The tug boat “Miss Pat” photographed last November while passing through Warfield Point

This morning we left Europa, MS.  The plan was to head toward Texarkana, but as with all good road trips plans can be changed.  And today was one of those days.

Last year while following this route I stayed at Warfield Point County Park, located right on the Mississippi River.  For the first time in my life I saw tug boats pushing barges on a river.  It was beyond cool  And as we drove along this morning I decided I wanted to see the tug boats again.

Since we needed a resupply we stopped off at a Wal-Mart.  Hey, they’re always RV friendly, and it’s easy getting the Airstream in and out of their parking lots.  We hit the grocery section, got some additional food, and I ran the idea of a super short day by Jodi.  She was happy to make it a short day.

As with many county and city parks, Warfield Point has a very cheap price tag associated with it.  $13 for the night.  Water and electric hookups for the Airstream.  We could have gotten a full hook up, but we can just use the dump station tomorrow.  So we saved $2.  🙂

November 5th 2013, a barge sits waiting to be pushed up river.

November 5th 2013, a barge sits waiting to be pushed up river.

The tug boats didn’t disappoint.  Several went by today with huge barges.  A good bit of video footage was shot, but I’m not editing tonight.  The network connectivity here is not the greatest.  I’ll edit later in the week and post something to be sure.

Thunder storms rolled in for the afternoon and are off an on right now.  Hopefully the weather will clear for tomorrow.  Sadly no sunset photos tonight, there’s just too much gray.  So that’s why I’m posting last year’s images.

The trip should pick up some steam tomorrow.  Nothing but lots of road ahead.  With luck we’ll be into Cortez Friday or Saturday at the latest.  It will depend on driving time, weather, and how many times I pull off at rest areas!  Driving in for Labor Day weekend should be interesting.  Of course, when we left the West this year we had to work around Memorial Day weekend.  I have a knack for picking the wrong travel weekends lately.

  • Date:  8/25/14
  • Camped at:  Whites Creek Lake County Campground
  • Fee:  $13 per night
  • Month total Camping:  $772
  • Average Nightly Cost:  $30.88
  • Mileage:  130

Oh, and the march toward the finish of our Kickstarter Project continues.  20 days remain.  27 backers so far.  And we’ll be doing an “informational push,” starting on September 1st.  Photos, videos, and a few “preview” visits to National Monuments in the Southwest.

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