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The two RV Gypsies enjoyed seeing
the Buffalo River in Arkansas
(a National River) - October 21, 2012

USA map showing location of ArkansasArkansas map showing where the Buffalo River runs

When the two RV Gypsies first got out of their truck, they saw the biggest, most colorful lizard they have ever seen.

lizard
lizard

laughing dudeBUT WHEN THEY PHOTOGRAPHED IT AND IT DIDN'T MOVE, THE TWO RV GYPSIES GOT SUSPICIOUS - RIGHT, IT WAS FAKE - A TOY! The joke was on them and probably lots of other people!

 

history bookThe Buffalo River, located in northern Arkansas, was the first National River to be designated in the United States. The Buffalo River is slightly more than 150 miles in length, with the lower 135 miles flowing within the boundaries of an area managed by the National Park Service, where it is designated the Buffalo National River. The river flows through Newton, Searcy, Marion, and Baxter Counties, from west to east. The river originates in the highest part of Boston Mountains of the Ozarks, flows out onto the Springfield Plateau near the historic community of Erbie, and finally crosses the Salem Plateau just before joining the White River. The upper section of the river in the Ozark National Forest is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and is designated as a National Scenic River and a National Wild River.

The Buffalo National River was established by an Act of Congress on March 1, 1972, ending the recurring plans of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct one or more dams on the river. The National River designation protects natural rivers from industrial uses, impoundments and other obstructions that may change the natural character of the river or disrupt the natural habitat for the flora and fauna that live in or near the river. The National Park Service headquarters for the Buffalo National River is located in Harrison, Arkansas.

sign: Buffalo National River
sign: Buffalo River

Roark Bluff and the Buffalo River

Roark Bluff and the Buffalo River

beautiful fall foliage by the Buffalo River

beautiful fall foliage by the Buffalo River
beautiful fall foliage by the Buffalo River
beautiful fall foliage by the Buffalo River
beautiful fall foliage by the Buffalo River

The water level was very low, but the water is very clear and clean!

water is very clear and clean on the Buffalo River
water is very clear and clean on the Buffalo River
beautiful fall foliage by the Buffalo River
beautiful fall foliage by the Buffalo River
clear, clean water in the Buffalo River
cool, clear, clean water in the Buffalo River
beautiful fall foliage by the Buffalo River
beautiful fall foliage by the Buffalo River

The two RV Gypsies actually thought that they had never been to Arkansas before, but when they saw the Buffalo River, Lee said he remembered being here. So then Karen started looking through her photos and found out that they were actually at this same spot in 2006. Since that 2006 trip was taken at the same time that they went to Branson, Missouri, all the photos got filed under Branson, both on the computer and in Karen's brain. DUH! Anyway, here are some of the 2006 photos at the Buffalo River.

sign: Buffalo River
Lee Duquette feeling the temperature of the Bufflo River in Arkansas 2006
Karen Duquette by the Buffalo River in Arkansas in 2006
the Buffalo River in 2006
the Buffalo River in 2006
the Buffalo River in 2006

And here are a few photos of the campground the two RV Gypsies stayed at in 2012.

Harrison Village RV Park sign
Harrison Village RV Park  office
the RV of the two RV Gypsies at Harrison Village RV Park  in Arkansas

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