CAMPING AT LAKE OUACHITA, ARKANSAS
FIRST THINGS FIRST!!! I am not a "roughing it" kind of girl! I am more of a hotel kind of girl! Roughing it for me is staying at a Motel 6! I like staying at 4 Star hotels for the 2 star price. (can you hear the Priceline.com ad or what! Or hotwire.com, or hotels.com) Let me tell you I can shop and get a good deal and keep all the luxury!!! Most of the time I get a suite in a nice hotel for the same price I can get a basic room at a Cheap Motel! So when I somehow was convinced to go CAMPING with my Brother I was excited and a little scared at the same time! (He is in the Army! Already did a tour in Iraq, and has worked MANY of the hurricanes here in Louisiana! He has had to sleep in a hole he dug for himself, outside, with his 100 lb gear bag for his pillow! HE KNOWS HOW TO ROUGH IT!) But I did it, I made a reservation for a tent camping spot at Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. In case you were wondering how to pronounce the lake name it sounds like this WASH-I-TAWE. Short "I" like it. Trust me I understand it is not easy to pronounce if you have never had to say it, but for those of us that grew up having to say it (its the name of the parish I live in) it just rolls off the tongue.
So I was excited and nervous at the same time! Allow me to just remind you of this!
Before we go I ask, "Okay what do I need to bring?" He said a change of clothes, some swim shoes, and your bathroom items (the minimum amount), and your food and water. He had the tent, I had an air mattress (someone lost the pump so I had to go buy one along with the swim shoes, and some food then I bought bug spray, sun screen, some hotdogs so we could roast them, I over did it!)
We pack up my car after I get off work Friday and go on the 3 and a half hour drive! Not bad! I was a little worried when some of the hills going into the park got kinda steep. I was worried it would push my cars engine too far, but I realized I was approaching it way to slow anyway. Other people had cars that had less horsepower than mine, and were doing fine! I was just overly cautious, as per the usual. Stop at the visitor center to check in and get a bag of ice and then we find the way to the camp site.
Now for the rest of this I will keep the talking to a minimum because the images speak for itself! BTW this campsite area did have a bath-house so I had somewhere to go potty and shower. There is where the modern conveniences ended. OK one last thing they supplied a picnic table a grill and fire-pit. I still had to go find the wood and start the fires so there. So below you will see our fantastic home away from home. I had the tent with an air mattress and brother had a hammock with a bug netting and a tee-pee to turn any rain if we got any. We did not so that was good.
Now all the images are from either the evening we arrived, pre-hike, post hike, or mornings. I could not take the camera with me on our hike because we were going to swim on part of it. I did not have anything to keep it dry and was not buying one of the cheap waterproof numbers. Also I just wanted to enjoy the moment and not worry about the camera, taking pics or anything else except for making certain that I did not twist my ankle on the rocks and steep inclines.
We had a site that had the wooded view, next time I am going for the lake view! Not that the one we had was not beautiful, it was, I just want to see it all! Let me tell you it was a fantastic view. You could see the mountains (do not think Rockies these are wooded rolling mountains) and once we set up I just had to take a minute to enjoy the view. And rest I was tired!
Now for the night life! WHAT?!?!!?!?? Yes there was night life and I do not mean as in music and dancing, although some of the neighbors played it but they kept it to respectful levels and obeyed the quite curfew 10pm, but I was asleep by 9pm. Again allow me to say I was pooped!
Forgive the blur on this but its not like I could just go up to the doe and say, hey there could you hold still and let me take a photo. I had to keep my distance zoom in the max I could on my camera and pray she did not move. She did not mind the campers but most everyone was at a distance and that was how she liked it. Now as we took a hike on that day earlier we saw a six point buck come hauling butt past within feet of us.
Over all I enjoyed this so much! The view's the exercise, enjoying to do things I used to do as a child. It was freeing and exciting. So look if every you want to go camping in Arkansas definitely go to Lake Ouachita, and even though I did not have time to enjoy it all make sure you try renting a kayak or paddle boat, take one of the tours (I had my brother so I had a personal tour guide) There was more to do than I had time to try but the weekend was so worth it! Enjoy the beautiful images below!!!!