We left Red Bay (and said goodbye to friends Steve and Karen)
Tom Sawyer's RV Park and last night we stayed at the Aux Arc COE (Corps of Engineers) Campground in Ozark, AR. Both were very different but excellent stays.
RVParkReviews looked pretty good. It was a little higher than we liked ($40) but we decided to go for it.
We were not disappointed. Amy at the front desk, was helpful and friendly and showed us to our site. When we found that trees blocked any chance to get satellite TV access, she found a spot on the 5th wheel side of the campground that was completely open.
We commented more than once how strange the name "Aux Arc' was. Later we learned it stemmed from the French settlers who called in by that name because of the area and the 'bend in the river'. Aux Arc was later 'Americanized' to the name 'Ozark' which caught on for a whole part of the country.
When we arrived, we knew we wanted 50 amp service for the air conditioners and the TV, and we were able to choose from one of the three remaining campsites. But, they were on the wrong side of the road under the trees. Turned out there was no satellite TV but we picked up a few local channels. For one night we survived fine.
We did a bit of sightseeing in the area and drove 10 miles over to Altus AR which is the "Wine Capital of Arkansas'. We even drove up to the Wiederkehr's Winery and property. In the 1880's a group settled from Europe and established a community that became famous for its wine.
We haven't been this way before so it was an interesting couple of days and we were glad to see the Mississippi River up close. And we really like the COE park which makes us think we should look for more of them on our travels this summer.
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