Summer 2018, Day 9

We started our day by visiting Ozark National Scenic Riverways:

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We drove down to visit Big Spring:

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Big Spring releases over 3,400 gallons per second.  The flow dissolves 175 tons of limestone per day, which colors the water blue-green:

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Back at the RV, I discovered a bubble in one of the RV tires:

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I swapped in the spare:

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We continued west to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield:

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The site preserves the failed attempt of the Confederacy to secure Missouri for the South:

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After the failure at Wilson’s Creek, Southern forces retreated to Arkansas, where they were finally defeated at our next stop, Pea Ridge National Military Park:

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The battlefield:

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Decades before the Civil War battle here, Native Americans were forced from the Southeast to Oklahoma along what became known as the Trail of Tears:

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We continued to Bentonville, Arkansas:

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It was here that Sam Walton opened his first variety store.  The store is now the Walmart Museum:

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We think of Walmart as a free campground that happens to sell stuff.  Turns out housing RVers is not Walmart’s primary mission:

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The museum was really interesting:

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We continued west to overnight at Appalachia Bay Recreation Area, home of Motorcycle Island. Fun is scheduled for tomorrow!

See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2018, Day 8
Summer 2018, Day 10

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