I love to travel. Unfortunately, it’s not something I have a lot of money to do! So, I’ll look through old photo’s of places I’ve been and loved. One of the places I visited was in Bull Shoals, AR. We stayed at Copper Johns Resort. They are a mixture of cabins, mobile homes and campers. You can hook up your camper there. It’s right on the White River.
One day we went canoeing down the White River. Here is some of my group as we are about to hit the Rapids. We had an absolute blast!
Being from the East Coast, there are things to do, I won’t lie. But, being in this area of Arkansas? It was like visiting a different time. I had honestly never been on a vacation like this. My sister, daughter and I drove 19 hours to take this vacation with our cousins. This vacation actually reinforced my want of living in a smaller community and just living a simpler life.
While we were there, we visited the Bull Shoals Caverns. This was so much fun! Walking though the caverns, it took about 50 minutes or so.
Did you know, whenever you touch some of these formations, they can change over time? Yes, your fingerprint can leave a lasting impression!
We had quite a few kids with us and they had so much fun here in the underground caverns! Heck, so did the adults 🙂
During this vacation, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to see The Wilder Homestead, where Laura and Almanzo Wilder lived! I am a huge Little House on the Prairie lover. Watching how our ancestors lived? Watching the creation of towns? Who could NOT love it? The Homestead was about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Bull Shoals, in Mansfield, MO.
The ceilings were quite low! I am 5’3″ and I didn’t have to straighten my arm up to touch the ceiling. Almanzo had built it for Laura, with her height in mind. I didn’t realize she was so short! Their daughter Rose had another home built for them with all the updates. But, when she left to go home back east, Laura and Almanzo moved back to their home that he built.
While in Bull Shoals, you got the full experience of small town life. One grocery store. There’s a Dam that the kids had fun with, saying, “We’re at the Dam light!” Well, they were! They had a pizza place called Bush’s Pizza. Oh. My. Gah! This was probably THE BEST PIZZA I have ever had! They are a very small place. Our party of 15 took up most of the restaurant. And looking at their site, they now offer WiFi and deliver to boat docks. This is a place I plan to go back to! The owners lived in Chicago. They were in Bull Shoals area on vacation and fell in love with the place. He stayed behind to set up shop and his wife went home and sold their home to move to Bull Shoals.
The roads in those mountains? Very curvy and steep inclines. You had to be careful. Wildlife was out in abundance. It was a beautiful sight!
What is a vacation that you took that made a lasting impression on you?