It was so windy during the time we were in Texas that we decided to move on. March 27th, we headed for Oklahoma. We stopped the first night at Heyburn Lake State Park near Foss, OK (which is a ghost town). We had the park almost to ourselves, and were happy to be able to have a campfire again. It had been months since we had sat outside by a fire. We enjoyed the grass and trees, although the grass wasn’t very green as it was early spring. The trees were just starting to bud, and there were lots of birds and squirrels which made Smoke very happy.
We visited Clinton OK, which has a large section of Route 66, along with a very comprehensive museum about Route 66. Each decade from the 1920’s on is represented in separate exhibits-complete with music playing from that era-that focus on what happened with Route 66 during that time period. It was a virtual timeline for the “Mother Road” and brought back many memories for us, of the 1950s and 1960s in particular.
After leaving the Lake Heyburn area, we headed for another state park, Lake Thunderbird, which wasn’t too far from Oklahoma City. While staying at this park, we visited the site of the Oklahoma City bombing, which is a National Memorial; a very moving exhibit. We walked the grounds outside, visiting the various areas and reading the placques which explain what each area represents.
Most of our time was spent at both of the state parks we stayed in. We did very little sightseeing or tourist type activities. Both of us were ready to kick back and relax. We had had enough of being tourists and were enjoying being in the country again. It reminded us of spring in Iowa, and how much fun it was to be at the campground before the summer season and the crowds would begin.
We enjoyed warm weather for most of the time we were in Oklahoma. The days were sunny, with only brief rain showers a couple of times. We went for leisurely walks, and Smoke got at least one walk in every day.
We headed east, stopping at a Casino near the Oklahoma and Missouri border. We had been on the road for several hours, and Smoke was getting restless and meowing so we knew it was time to stop. Indigo Sky Casino had an RV campground with utilities, and the rate for an electric site was only $10 a night. We had planned to stay only one night, but after discovering that they offered free wood for a fire, and a free laundromat for the campers-we decided to stay an additional night so we could get laundry done. This campground was a delight; very clean, well landscaped with soft lighting throughout at night. We particularly enjoyed sitting in the pavilion one night with a blazing fire in the stone fireplace. The restaurants inside the casino had very reasonable meals; the hotel and casino were both very tastefully decorated with a definite Southwestern theme. It wasn’t gaudy like so many other casinos we had seen.
Not too far from the casino was a car wash which had a large truck bay which would be big enough to was our motor home. Right after leaving the campground, we stopped at the car wash and gave the motor home a much needed bath.