Shall-Ay Adventure: Arkansas Headwaters

Hey guys!

Gosh, we really haven’t been around much, have we? Mom has had a bad case of the busy brain lately. Did you know that she just started writing for both AND She’s super excited and really wants to do a good job for them and she’s all, “Mayzie, we’ll do your bloggie soon, I promise! I just gotta do this ONE OTHER THING and then we’ll do it. Honest.” Between you and me, there were a whole lotta “one other things.” But anyways, I finally got her focused and here we are!

Which is good cuz I wanted to tell you abouts a coupla things.

First, thank you for all your nice thoughts about Brudder Ranger and his old battle injury flaring up. He’s still not at 100% but he’s Most Definitely getting better. Mom contacted this lady called an “acupuncturist” and she came out to the house and Brudder Ranger liked her a lot and it seemed to make him feel a bit better. However, he did NOT like that mom kept calling him a pinhead.


The woman is rarely as amusing as she thinks she is.

Which leads me to the second thing: Since he’s starting to feel better, mom and dad decided we could go on another Shall-Ay Adventure. This time we went to a campground called Five Points in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area.

chalet flowers

And guess what? We had the WHOLE campground to ourselves. It was great!

chalet view

See that super steeeep canyon wall in the picture up there? Well, every day, we saw these things called Bighorn Sheep walking around and eating like they were standing on flat ground. I wonder if they had glue or something on their feets to keep them from falling off?

On the edge of the campground, there was a little path that took you over to the Arkansas River. Most luckily, Brudder Ranger was feeling good enough that we were able to do some walking along the trail.

mitch dogs trail

river cliff

dogs river

ranger river

mayzie river

I don't care how much cheese you gives me, Brudder Ranger. I ain't goin' in!

I don’t care how much cheese you gives me, Brudder Ranger. I ain’t goin’ in!

The Arkansas River is super popular with people who like to ride down it in boats. My mom and dad did it once and, if you can believe it, my mom fell OUT of the boat and had to be rescued. She’s special like that.


After our little walk, we drove around for a little bit and looked at pretty scenery like this.

Do you just luvs that heart-shaped cloud or what?

Do you just luvs that heart-shaped cloud or what?

Then we got back and watched the sun set in the canyon and thought about how super good this life is!

chalet view 2



  1. Gail Pelican says:

    What a beautiful place! Mayzie, please tell your mom that her photography skills are most excellent!

  2. Private campgrounds! Wow. We are impressed. Teka is so glad Brudder Ranger is feelin’ better and loves to see him up and around.

  3. Oh you have a house on wheels? That’s great! I like this place, thanks to your mom for the great photos!

  4. What a beautiful spot to camp – lucky dogs!

  5. Beautiful! And how wonderful to have the campground to yourselves. That is a very special treat.

    We are glad to hear Brudder Ranger is feeling better and got to join you on your adventure.

  6. OMD, Mayzie!! I saw your teaser pic on Facebook, and everybuddy was making these STOOPID guesses. Even my Momma! I kept telling her, “It’s MAYZIE! MAYZIE gots to go on a Shall-Ay adventure!”, but she didn’t listen to me. Sheesh.

  7. RANGER…OMDs…your mom called you a pinhead on the http://WWW….give her the back of disrespect. I’m so sorry you have been feeling poorly but glad you are on the road to feeling better.
    you all find the most gorgeous places to park you SHALL-Ay!!!
    hugs to all 2 and four leggers
    madi your bfff

  8. Gosh, what a gorgeous place. You doggies are so lucky to get to do that. Ranger, we are so glad you are on the mend. Now get all better. You all take care.

  9. How awesome that you had the whole place to yourselves, Mayzie! We are so happy that Brudder Ranger felt well enough to go!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  10. What a beautiful vacation spot. So happy that Brudder Ranger was feeling good enough to enjoy some of the adventures out.

  11. harrispen says:

    What a fantastic adventure you all had.

    Millie & Walter

  12. I’m embarrassed to say my human laughed at the pinhead comment. I just don’t understand her sometimes. I’m afraid it’s given her some bad ideas. You see I’ve been experiencing some back and leg troubles and I’ve overheard her and Dad using that same word – acupuncture. Until now I had no idea what that was. Now I’m a little scared.

    I love your vacation. It would be a dream come true to have a vacation spot all to ourselves. You all are sooooo lucky. Those are really crisp, vibrant photos we enjoyed all of them.

  13. O hai! The Arkansas river runs right through my town! ‘Cept it;s a lot wider here. And there’s not much water most of the time. And it’s not nearly as pretty. You got the nicer end there.

    Question: Who’s the dog blogger we were talking to at BarkWorld – was it BarkWorld? – that recently moved to Louisiana? Do you remember?

  14. I really like that shall-ay thing. It looks very cozy. What a beautiful spot. Good for you for standing firm on the no water thing cause I bet it would have been so cold!

    Your pal, Pip

  15. Congrats on the new gig! I hope you share links to your work – would love to check it out! That is absolutely beautiful scenery. You’re totally making me think we should try a camping trip with this herd… Hmm…

  16. Wow Mayzie! What a beautiful place!!!! You get to go camping in some amazing places! Mom can’t believe you saw Bighorn Sheep! She saw them in a zoo once but has never seen them in the wild. Glad to hear Ranger is feeling better, and we think it’s VERY cool your mom is writing for Dogster and Catster!


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