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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Back in the Heartland

After a weekend with the Arkansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association at their Red Ballin' Through the Ozarks convoy, we're at Linn Valley Lake south of Kansas City.

Saturday we oohed and aahed at the numerous greens of an Arkansas mountain forest when the rainfall stops and wet leaves glisten in the sunlight. Lots of wildflowers and beautiful scenery. If you've never moseyed through Arkansas in the springtime, it's well worth the trip.

Our 100-mile convoy started in Fayetteville, wound through the hills to Lake Ft. Smith State Park and back again - all by scenic byways that can handle a 51-vehicle convoy of old military vehicles. The park is pristine - a beautiful lake surrounded by the mountains, clean and scenic.

We rode in a 1942 jeep restored and owned by Sedric and Phyllis Wirt. Their warmth and charm combined with the beautiful scenery and lots of friendly folks made the very hard seats and tight space all worth it. We had a great time and ended the day with a delicious barbeque dinner and good company.

Sunday we drove to Kansas City, today we head to Branson. Springtime's color enchants me everywhere! I hear from friends in Texas that the sea turtles are nesting on the beach and the dolphins in the bay are birthing their babies. I miss it already.

But in the heartland my family and friends warm my heart.

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