Friday, September 09, 2005

Elk City, OK to Twin Bridges State Park, OK

number of state campgrounds avoided (total): 3; number of touchdowns scored by the Rangers: 0; number of members on the Rangers team: 10; number of cheerleaders for the Rangers: 15.

I loved Oklahoma. Granted, before this trip, I knew nothing at all about most of the middle states, but I was really surprised by Oklahoma. Northern Oklahoma was full of green, rolling hills with some lovely little towns. And Oklahoma City was wonderful--I've never been in such a clean downtown. They must sweep it about twelve times a day. In case you haven't been, I highly suggest the very cool botanical gardens (in a huge glass cylinder which is suspended above a man-made pond and surrounded by a public park) and the new public library. The art museum is also worth a visit--the Chihuly installation there is beautiful. On the flip side, the National Cowboy museum is a bit of a disappointment unless you want to see John Wayne's horse, stuffed.

So, originally we'd planned on staying in Bernice, OK, which is a campground on the Grand Lake O' the Cherokees but since we'd been having bad luck with actual campgrounds we decided to give it a skip and stay at Twin Bridges, which was closer to the Interstate and would therefore require less driving if we ended up backtracking. Twin Bridges is a tiny little campground near the town of Seneca, MO, which is right on the OK/MO border. We were very excited about visiting Seneca since it was a Friday night and really, there's nothing like a small town Friday night football game. As it turns out, the high school team was playing somewhere else that evening, but we did catch the first half of an 8 man game between the local Christian high school and some out of town visitors. The Rangers weren't doing so well when we left, but as some of the parents pointed out, the members of the other team weren't playing like good Christians.

A word about Twin Bridges State Park: This state park is very, very small--only about ten campgrounds. There are a few more up the hill, I think, but the campground is essentially cut in half by a state road. Judging by the state roads in Texas, we figured this wouldn’t be a problem since they seem rather empty. As it turns out, though, this particular state road was the major thoroughfare for the local dairy factory in Seneca. In other words, a milk-laden 18 wheeler drove by about every ten minutes. And as far as J! and I could tell, it was a 24 hour factory. But, at least they had free showers at the comfort station. No shower curtains, but that's roughing it.

J! presents the OK Botanical Garden fountain.

awww, so pretty.

Go Rangers! (Also, notice the serious mullet
on the left side of the photo?)

A whole country? Is that necessary?


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