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Apr 23 2009 Plans Two-Month Campground Missions Tour 2009


Mission Tour 2009

Mission Tour 2009

We are getting the RV ready for our first sixty-day camping missions tour for the summer of 2009.  We are looking forward to starting out on June 23, 2009 heading north on I-55 for Tom Sawyer’s Mississippi River Resort in West Memphis, AR.  Continuing on I-55 N towards St.  Louis and  I-70 West to Kansas City for a couple of days.  Next we go north on I-29 on the edges of Nebraska and Iowa with a stop in Sioux City.  Our journey takes us for a night or two of rest at Cabela’s in Mitchell, SD.  We then leave Mitchell, SD for Wall, SD for 5 nights home of the world famous Wall Drug Store.  From camping in Wall we will be touring Badlands National Park…Oh, what beauty God has in store for us.   Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park here we come and we will enjoy that for five days.  We then enter Wyoming and get to experience the beauty of  Devil’s Tower.  I plan to drop The Holy Bible off at Devil’s Tower.  Then we travel through Gillette finally overnighting in Buffalo, WY.  Even Colorado is on the list as we overnight it at Blue Mountain Village in Dinosaur, CO.  Now this next few days are what I am looking forward to.  Moab, Utah for six nights.  We will camp there and drive out touring Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.  I’ll be snapping pictures right and left.  Next stop is Page, AZ at Lake Powell for five beautiful days.  Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tuscon here we come.  We will enjoy God’s beauty of three days in Sedona, AZ.  We will enjoy Tombstone, AZ for three nights.  Believe it or not, our next stop will be in Truth or Consequences, NM.  Next our journey takes us to the beautiful area of Santa Fe, NM.  We plan on spending eight beautiful  days of touring  and much needed rest in beautiful Glorieta, NM.  We plan on visiting our good friends and retired missionaries Jim and Carolyn McAtee who are full-time RVers and volunteering at Glorieta.  From New Mexico we are headed to Amarillo on to Oklahoma City to Ft. Smith and to Little Rock for a few days.  Finally we will head back to Memphis for a few days then down I-55 S from Memphis to our earthly home in Madison, MS.  Our trip should cover almost 5,000 miles in about 58 days of which driving time is 81 hours and 12 minutes.  I hope we can meet on America’s highways and campgrounds somewhere along the way.  Who knows, maybe we will have the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus and pray with you.  May our Lord be with us all.

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Aug 11 2008

Trace State Park Belden, MS


Trace State Park offers a quiet, natural retreat located just west of Tupelo, MS.  Trace State Park is located 9 miles West of Tupelo, MS and 8 miles East of Pontotoc, MS on MS Hwy 6. Signs are present on MS Hwy 6, the park is located approximately 2 miles off of MS Hwy 6 on Faulkner Road in Pontotoc County. Trace State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities ranging from fishing and water sports to exploring miles of secluded nature trails. There are two campgrounds on the water’s edge of the lake.  Eagle Ridge campground and Deer Run campground have water, sewer, and 50 amp services.

We had the pleasure of meeting Steve and Sue D’Aubin of Baton Rouge, LA.  They were camped in their beautiful 40′ coach and were delightful to talk and share with.  They were headed south to Percy Quinn State Park near McComb.  We also met and shared with Larry and Barbara Blaylock of Saltillo, MS.  They were attending a Good Sam Rally at the park.  I enjoyed exchanging camping stories with Larry.  I also met David Morgan of Ecru, MS.  We talked about the Great State of Montana.  David’s son-in-law sent me an email asking about Montana.  Like Joe “Montana” and I, his son-in-law has a love for Montana as well.

We really enjoyed this State Park.  The weather was hot and thunderstorms roamed the area.  We still enjoyed it despite the weather. 

GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a  3***+ 

Trace State Park
2139 Faulkner Rd
Belden MS 38826

Phone:   (662)489-2958 

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Jun 25 2008

Lake Lowndes State Park Columbus, MS


Our six day visit to Lake Lowndes State Park eight miles southeast of Columbus, MS was a very pleasant surprise for us.  This park offers the most serene atmosphere for camping that we have visited in the Mississippi State Park system.  Immediately upon our arrival we noticed that the park was very quiet and peaceful.  The campground is very well kept and maintained.  Premium sites are right on the 150 acre Lake Lowndes.  The lake is stocked with bass, catfish, bream, and crappie.  The park is huge..they offer complete facilities for football, soccer, softball (3 or 4 fields), tennis, basketball, volleyball, and other organized sports. They even have an amphitheater.  The park is designed for family fun.

We also noticed how friendly the staff was to us.  Miss Julie is at the check-in gate and Mr. J.R. is the park ranger.  Both of them exceeded our expectation of kind and friendly service.  The park offers full hookups on their premium sites and receives local networks ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox very clearly.  We were very pleased with our stay and would recommend Lake Lowndes State Park to everyone.  We are sure planning on coming back.

GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a  5*****+ 

 Lake Lowndes State Park

3319 Lake Lowndes Road

Columbus, MS 39702


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Jun 15 2008

J.P. Coleman State Park, Iuka, MS (Pickwick Lake)



J.P. Coleman State Park is located 13 miles outside of Iuka, MS about six miles from the Tennessee state line at Pickwick Lake.  The campground and marina are located directly on Pickwick Lake.  The park offer a marina and a lodge but no restaurant for the lodge.  The park is perched on a rocky bluff overlooking the Tennessee River.  The park offers excellent swimming, skiing, and fishing for smallmouth bass.  Coleman has a swimming pool, cabins, boat storage, picnic areas, and plenty of rattlesnakes.  One little boy camping with his family was bitten by a “baby” rattler that had crawled into his tent.  We came across a 5-6 footer simply crossing one of the roads in the campground.

We camped on site #48.  The campground offers 50 amp service, water and sewer hookups.  Cell phone coverage was only fair.  I would suggest that you be careful when choosing a site.  Most all of the sites are not level.  Never choose #50.  It is so unlevel that even auto-leveling will not work properly.  I honestly think that site #49 is the very best.

GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a  4**** 


J.P. Coleman State Park

613 CR 321

Iuka, MS  38852

Phone 662-423-6515

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May 29 2008

Gulf State Park Campground, Gulf Shores, Alabama


Gulf State Park, AL

Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama was our Memorial Day 2008 celebration camping destination.  The campground has almost 500 campsites with full hook-ups and beautiful concrete pads.  This campground was totally destroyed during Hurricane Ivan in September of 2004 that swept through the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area.  The campground was “full” over the Memorial holiday.  The temps were in the low to mid 90’s and all campsites were in the direct sunlight because Ivan destroyed all of the trees.  The camp store was destroyed and has not yet been built back.  Still the campground is well-kept with brand new bathhouses. 

We attended Sunday worship services at the activities center at 10:30 AM.  The services were conducted by the North American Mission Board Resort Missionaries.  We really enjoyed the worship experience.

Gulf State Park Campground contains Lake Shelby and Middle Lake.  The campground is along the Gulf of Mexico.  Cell phone and television coverage was perfect.  GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a  5*****    

Gulf State Park

20115 State Highway 135

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone 251-948-7275    










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May 28 2008

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Davis Bayou Campground – Ocean Springs, MS




Davis Bayou Campground is located in Ocean Springs, MS on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The campground is adjacent to a saltwater marsh.  Hurricane Katrina was devastating to the campground.  A variety of trees, including live oaks show the ill effects of Katrina.  There are 52 sites and all sites have water and electricity including 50 amp service.  There is a central dump station and no sewer at the campsite.  Reservations are not accepted.  Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The campground reopened last summer of 2007 recovering from Katrina.  FEMA trailers occupied the campground and have now been removed.  The campground is now in full operation but campers are unaware that it is open and non-FEMA occupied.  Camping fees are $16 and $8 (Sr.s) per night.  Cell phones work extremely well.  Only problem is no sewage hook-ups.  GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a  4****        

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Davis Bayou Campground

3500 Park Road

Ocean Springs, MS 39564




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May 15 2008

Roosevelt State Park – Morton, MS




Roosevelt State Park conveniently located between Meridian and Jackson, Mississippi, offers an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities in a picturesque setting. The park’s scenic overlook provides a panoramic view of the Bienville National Forest. The gently sloping landscape is particularly striking during the fall, when the forest is bright with autumn colors.

109 sites are available for RV camping, featuring picnic tables, and grills. 28 sites include electrical and water hook-ups and 81 sites have electrical, water and sewer hook-ups. All of the RV pads are within easy access of a central sewage dumping station and a bathhouse with hot showers. 
All sites are available for reservations.  A wooded area on the upper end of Shadow Lake is available for tent camping. Water is available in the area, and bathhouses featuring hot showers are located just across the dam from the primitive camping area.  Roosevelt is beautiful in the fall when the leaves change colors and the temperature is in the 60’s.

Roosevelt State Park
2149 Highway 13 South
Morton MS 39117

Roosevelt State Park is located off Interstate 20 at Exit 77 on Highway 13 in Morton, Mississippi. Go North approximately 1 mile; the park is on the left. From US 80, take Highway 13 South approximately 2 miles, the park is on the right.

GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a  5*****    

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Apr 27 2008

Piney Grove Recreation Area – Piney Grove Campground – New Site, MS


The Piney Grove Campground is located on Bay Springs Lake, along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, in Northeast Mississippi.  The campground is open March 1st to mid-November each year and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The campground has 144 sites and each site has a picnic table, grill, fire ring, lantern post, water, electrical hookups (including 50 amps) but unfortunately has no sewer hookups.  Cell phone coverage was excellent.

We enjoyed this six day trip very much.  Our site was right on the water.  The weather was superb and the wind was motionless.  On our last two trips we had to fight 30-40 mile-per-hour winds.  The temperature range was ideal with highs in the seventies and lows in the low sixties.  Our site was surrounded by beautiful dogwoods.  At times it seemed to be raining dogwood flower petals all around us.   

The only thing that keeps this campground from a perfect five is the fact that they do not have sewer hookups. GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a  4****        

 Park Phone:  1-662-728-1134

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Apr 16 2008

Lake Chicot State Park – Lake Village, AR

Lake Chicot State Park    Lake Chicot State Park is located on Ark. 144 eight miles northeast of Lake Village, Arkansas.  Lake Chicot is Arkansas’s largest natural lake.  Cut off centuries ago when the Mississippi River changed course, this 20-mile long oxbow lake is a peaceful setting for fishing, boating, and bird watching.  Fishing for crappie, bass, and bream is popular on the lake, especially on the upper end of Lake Chicot during spring and fall.  Fishing for catfish is great throughout the year.  The park offers lake tours, levee tours, and other opportunities for you to view a variety of birds and other wildlife.

Nestled in a pecan grove, the park offers 122 campsites.  The store/marina offers food, gifts, fuel, and bait for sale.  Our only complaint was the high price for premium campsites which was about $27 per night.  We felt this was over-priced.  Contact information:

2542 Highway 257  Lake Village, AR 71653   870-265-5480 

GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a  4****


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Mar 31 2008

Hernando Point – Army Corp of Engineers Arkabutla Lake, Hernando, Mississippi

Hernando Point Campground is on the east side of Arkabutla Lake.  Our favorite campsite is #17.  We have just returned from a five day camping trip. The campground has all of the amenities with the exception of sewer.  Site 17 is right on the water and provides a beautiful sunset each day.  On our visit last week, we experienced wind gusts up to about 40 mph for four of the five days.  This is the only federal or state park that allows you to dump your “gray” water at your campsite.  Do not dump “black” water except at the dump station.

Hernando Point is located on the east side of Arkabutla Lake, 5 miles south of Hernando, MS or 3 miles north of Coldwater, MS on Hwy 51.  Memphis is only about 35 miles away so you can find plenty to do in Memphis.

GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a 3 ***

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