Tom Sawyer RV Park, in the depressed city of West Memphis, Arkansas, sits directly on the flat banks of the Mississippi River.
When you get off I-40 and drive up and over the levee you wonder if you've read the directions correctly. We've been here before, so we knew where we were going, but I remember our first time. Dave kept asking me if I was SURE I knew there was an RV Park down there. I thought I was, but.....
You drive down a long, kudzu covered, tree lined lane and through an eerie looking stone gate. You check in to a tiny "office" on wheels and then follow a UTV, past the raised laundry room building, through more trees that open into a huge, grassy field with The River in view.
|I can't imagine The River being that high!|
The RV sites are all arranged to take advantage of the fantastic River view. Most of the year. On our way to our site we noticed the electric transformers were all very high....with stairs up to them. We noticed two houses up in the trees....
When you make reservations for this park online, they ask that you check the River Stage and Flood charts before coming. If they are at a certain number or above for your reservation.....don't come. This is why....
|satellite view of Tom Sawyer RV at flood stage!|
Part of the year this entire area is underwater! They drive the office away, turn off the power and let the mighty Mississippi have her way with the property. When she's finished, they move back in and are open for business.
|tomorrow we'll move to one of those front row sites|
|those beautiful clouds brought us some nasty weather|
It was 96 degrees with very similar humidity numbers yesterday. It rained most of the night and it has been spitting on and off all day today. We've enjoyed watching traffic on the very busy River.
Some barges and push boats move by quickly with the rapid current.
|one of the smallest push/barge combinations|
When they come from the opposite direction, against the current, they have a hard time and must really use all their strength to move the barges ahead. We've seen combinations of 20 or more laden barges being pushed along the river!
|this boat was really digging in to move the 20 barges it had in front|
It's interesting to see two pass by each other at the bend, or pass each other going in the same direction. These pilots are gutsy!
We were scheduled to leave here tomorrow for the next stop on our path west.....Petit Jean State Park. I say "were" because we've decided to stay put for at least one more day. The entire rest of the state of Arkansas is under a flood watch/warning and since we managed to avoid a hurricane we'd like to avoid a flood as well. We'll have to move sites in the morning, but that's a good thing - we'll have a front row site, right next to The River!