1st location: Lake El Reno Campground; El Reno, Oklahoma (elev 1,375 feet)
Current location: Old Post Road Campground (COE); Russellville, Arkansas (elev 325 feet)
|Thru Stops 18 and 19|
|Campsite at El Reno. |
Nice layover campground.
|My current campsite, at least until tomorrow. Old Post Road COE Campground. Nice shade with electric/water. I would have stayed here longer but these four days were the longest I could reserve at the same campsite.|
|You can see how much sand was covering the boat ramp. They cut a path so the Corps could launch their boats.|
|There has been a strange sheen on the water downstream of the dam ever since I've been here. I'm not sure what it is and I won't speculate.|
|This fireplace and bench is located on the back porch of the Lake Dardenelle State Park Visitor's Center. It's a good view of the lake.|
|Passing rain storms have been coming around here every day. This still is a pretty good view of the lake.|
One of the things I didn't do last time I was here was visit Petit Jean Mountain. It's an interesting story and I'll try to make it as short as I can but still keep to the legend/story. I like to think it is true, every bit of it.
She was a French girl named Adrienne DuMont and was due to marry an important Frenchman named Chavet. But before they could marry, Chavet was sent on a mission by the King to explore the New World. In this case, his exploration include crossing the Atlantic, going up the Mississippi River to the Arkansas River and then explore the Arkansas area as far upriver as they could go. It sounded like a great adventure to Adrienne so she asked to go along. Chavet flatly refused and said it would not only be too dangerous for her but also unlucky to have a female on the trip. Well, Adrienne, being a
Anyway, she kept her real identity a secret even though Chavet, her fiancee, was on the boat with her. Everything was going good until they reached the part of the Arkansas River near here. They met local Indians and were invited to spend the summer here and continue the exploration in the fall of the year. All went well and they explored the local mountains. As fall approached, Petit Jean fell sick. Real sick. It was during this sickness that the crew discovered her real gender. Knowing she was not going to make it, she asked to be buried on top of the mountain overlooking the river and their campsite. After she passed away, they did as she asked and buried her with a "forever view" of the river and land she had grown to love. Instead of naming the mountain using her real name, they named it "Petit Jean Mountain". Her gravesite is still there and "wow", what a view.
|Petit Jean's grave with her view of the valley. |
(I ain't saying she's there and I ain't saying she isn't)
|Her view of the bend in the Arkansas River looking upstream.|
|They have built a nice walkway around her site and they allow you to scrabble on the rocks.|
|This is a great view from the bench. The bench needs a back though.|
|Another back-less bench.|
|Showing the quality walk-way they've built.|
|The stairs lead down the rocks where you can be as |
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.