I am working hard to finalize the details for the Fall Tour. Just wanted to roll out some of the details so people know what’s up. If you have questions, need information or want to let me know you plans, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let me know (1) if you’re coming; (2) how many people are with you; (3) how many cars you’ll have; (4) what your plans for accommodations are. I really need to have firm numbers by October 30 so I can finalize reservations and print decals.
So, the Oklahoma crowd will meet at Kamp’s 1910 on Friday, November 3rd at 8:30 AM. We’ll leave about 9:00 AM for the drive to Mena, and will stop at Pete’s Place in Krebs just like we did last year. Hope to make it to Mena by 5:00 or so.
The Oklahoma folks (and as many of our Arkansas friends as are interested) will be staying at the Stone Hill Cottages, 140 Mossy Oak Ln, Mena, AR 71953. I am told by the owner that GPS does not always route there correctly (and it doesn’t help if you type Oak Lane instead of Mossy Oak Lane as two of our members discovered last year). Google Map will find it if you route to its location here.
If you want to stay at Stone Hill Cottages you need to let me know ASAP! I have three cabins, each with (A) king bed & en suite bathroom; (B) king bed & shared bathroom; (C) sleeper sofa. Cabins are $199/night, and split 3 ways (obviously, A will run a bit more than C) it should be pretty economical. There’s also an inflatable mattress. I’m not going to inflict that on anyone, but might be good if you have kids that are coming along. The sooner you let me know, the more likely that you can get the room and roommates you want.
Dinner on Friday night will be at the Chopping Block Steak House (same place as last year) starting at 7:00 PM. Following that, we’ll have a sort of BYOB hospitality suite at one of the cottages.
Plan for the drive is to meet up at 8:30 AM or so and leave at 9 AM on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
The route will take us on the Caddo Gap Scenic Drive and Crystal Trail Scenic Drive to and from Hot Springs. Unless you wander off the route, it’s all paved roads this year. I expect some people will want to check out Hot Springs, while others are more inclined to drive the curvy roads. I added a loop on the Talimena Drive at the end of the day, that can be cut off. People who want to tour Hot Springs can stay a bit longer, and still make it back for dinner.
We’ll do dinner Saturday night at Branding Iron BBQ (literally the only other restaurant with a liquor license in the entire town of Mena) at 7:00 PM.
Sunday, we’ll pack up and head home.