Friday, July 22, 2016

Ohhh...klahoma!


We left Livingston, Texas on Monday, July 11, after two nights at the Escapees campground.   We were hooked up to water and electricity for the first time since buying the Rpod.  The trailer got a full charge finally.  We didn't have to run the AC, but instead used the fan which was fine, even with the 90+ temperature.

Michael installed the double steps onto the trailer, removing the single step.  It's much easier now to go in and out of Katie 2 with hands full.


 

One of the highlights of our stay at Escapees campground was seeing a swallow-tailed kite in flight very low.  Although it was a quick look, we were both very excited as it was a life bird for the two of us!


The night of the 11th we found an Army Corps of Engineers campground called Clear Springs, which we got to via a long detour. This was on Wright Patman Lake (south of Texarkana, Texas) that flooded much of the campground after the spring rains.  One area was open for camping, but hiking trails were closed due to flooding.





On July 12,  we drove from Texarkana, on 59 north into Alabama and Missouri.  Along the way we stopped at a rock store (as in stones) in Wilton, Arkansas!  A zillion rocks and stones, most so beautiful.  I picked up 2 pieces of malachite, a lovely green stone, that I might have incorporated into another flute one day.

Malachite




There also was a produce stand where we bought these amazingly great tomatoes that we ate right out of the bag!



We continued on, but instead of heading north as we should have been, we discovered we were heading west into Oklahoma!  Turned out this was a terrific mistake to make.  Spontaneously, I turned down Talimena byway and ended up in Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation area.  For $2.50 we stayed at a really nice camping area by ourselves.




Red-spotted purple butterfly


Wednesday,  July 13, we headed to a Walmart for the night in Neosho, Missouri. An uneventful day, but rolling hills along the way made for a nice ride.  We skirted around busy Kansas City.

We arrived in Iowa on the 14th.  Beautiful scenery along the way.  Lots of corn fields! And other vegetation was so green!


Corn as far as you could see!




Sites along the way that make the drives enjoyable: 






Logging trucks everwhere!




Minnesota next!