Tuesday, June 14, 2016

First Time Camping Devils Den

 We cooked a delicious breakfast, Eggs, Sausage, Fried Potatoes and Biscuits.  It was great.
 Cooking the potatoes and biscuits.  Using a dutch oven for the biscuits.
 Took us about 30 minutes to set up our tent.  I had done it once before in the yard.  But that was almost a year ago. 
 We got up and did a little hiking on the Yellow Rock Trail. 
We had a lot of fun just getting out and seeing nature. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Central Oklahoma Valentine Weekend

We spent the dual purpose Valentine and Dorinda's Birthday weekend taking a tour of central Oklahoma.  We began shopping antique stores in Checotah, not finding anything.  We kept going west on I-40 getting off at Henryetta and not finding a antique store, it was no longer there.  Close to lunch time and we decided to eat at a diner in Henryetta.  Our first choice didn't last long as we got up and left without ordering anything but water.  Further down I40 at exit 231 we ate lunch at Cowpokes.  It was good and hot.  From there we drove south on US Highway 75 thru Weleetka, Wetumka and finally to Wewoka.  We shopped at the Gatsby Antique Mall in Wewoka and found a couple of things.  From Wewoka we drove on US Highway 270 to Seminole shopping at one store and proceeded on to Shawnee our final destination.  Our trip home was just as much fun seeing many things we haven't seen before.
 The Santa Fe Railroad Terminal in Shawnee. The museum was closed at 4 on Saturday. 
 Traveling down I-40 we have always seen the sign for the National Shrine for the Infant Jesus.  We decided to go  It's just nine miles off I-40.  A plus was seeing that Prague was also the birthplace of Jim Thrope.   
 East of Prague we found the little town of Boley, Oklahoma.  Formerly an all black town created in 1904 by Creek Freedman.   Nothing much remains of this town of almost 4,000.  There is an Oklahoma State Prison there that makes up most of the over 1,000 population of Boley. 
 Down US Highway 62 we come to Okemah.  Like Prague we have never stopped in Okemah.  We found this old National Guard Armory built in 1936 by the WPA and still being used by the city. 
 The Pecan Bowl, Okemah's baseball/football field built by the WPA 
 The baseball part of the Pecan Bowl.  The rock fence goes all around the baseball and football fields.
 The Crystal Movie Theater in Okemah is still in service.
 The Doughboy statue in Henryetta.  I have previously seen him in Fort Smith, Helena Arkansas and Astoria, Oregon which has a slightly different version.   
 The Creek Indian Courthouse in Okmulgee.  Built in Muscogee Creek Courthouse in Okmulgee.  Neither of us had ever been to Okmulgee.  We saw some really beautiful building here.
The Orpheum Theatre in Okmulgee. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Why Fort Scott Kansas



 Exactly, Why Fort Scott, Kansas.  I had never heard of Fort Scott, Kansas until Dorinda brought home a book for me to read.  She picked it up at a local thrift shop.  I love history and especially local history as Fort Scott is only about 4 and a half hours from home.  The fort is laid out as a quadrangle and doesn't have the traditional walls of a fort.  Built in 1842 and used until 1853 and again during the Civil War this fort still has several original building from that time period. Fort Scott was needed as a frontier defense against the Indians and was between Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Fort Gibson, Indian Territory.
This is the post hospital built in 1843.
It is now the National Park Service visitors center.   
These buildings are the Officers quarters and have been restored.
 
 The infantry occupied this building and has been reconstructed.
Dorinda walking out of the lower floor of the officers quarters. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ozone

 Saturday with the great weather we had, We drove up north of Clarksville to visit a few sights.  Haw Creek Falls was closed and we didn't feel like wading across a creek to get to the falls.
 This is a one lane bridge built in 1931 across the Big Piney Creek located in Fort Douglas.  The creek had plenty of water and looked rather like a river. 
 I suppose this was the local school in Fort Douglas.  It is next to the Ozark Highlands trail. 
 Our next adventure took us to north of Fallsville about a half mile past the red barn with a E on it. We found the Glory Hole after walking almost a mile downhill.  There were several other people out seeing the sights. 
 This is me standing next to the Glory Hole.  We are planning on going back after there has been a good rain.  Not much water was flowing.
 This is a close up of the underside of the hole.
We had to make a stop for ice cream at the Ozone Burger Barn. Have you ever been to Ozone. Probably not.  Not on the beaten path.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Petit Jean State Park

Yesterday we took a visit to Petit Jean State Park just outside Morrilton, Arkansas.  This picture is from the Cedar Falls Overlook. 
 We hiked the Cedar Falls trail down to the bottom of the falls, it was about a mile long trail.  It took us about 55 minutes to hike down.  We saw mostly young people but, a few older couples like ourselves.  This is the description from the state park website.  The most popular hiking trail on Petit Jean descends into Cedar Creek Canyon. Only those in good shape should attempt this walk. The park staff recommends wearing shoes or boots that provide ankle support and a firm grip.
 
The first ½ mile descends more than 200 feet down steps cut from rock by the Civilian Conservation Corps more than 60 years ago. The trail follows beautiful Cedar Creek another ½ mile to the climax of the hike, Cedar Falls, one of the state's most spectacular sights. Cedar Falls cascades more than 90 feet to the canyon floor. Cedar Creek Canyon was added to the register of Arkansas Natural Areas in 1977. 
 On the eastern edge of the park is a great view of the Arkansas River as it moves to the east. 
 

 This is a building built by the YMCA and was used as a headquarters for a summer camp the Y hosted. Notice the inverted triangle in the chimney. 
 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Having Fun

 When the weather is nice and I can work out in the garage, I just love to fix old pieces of furniture.  We bought this piece at Savers and it was missing the board that opened and closed.  You can see where the hinges were. 
I filled in where the hinges were and sanded and fixed a few other gouges, put two coats of primer and two coats of paint and two coats of Minwax which is a Polycrylic water based protective finish. 
We hope to get at least $100 for this in our booth. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

January Trip South

 We drove down Hwy 71 South to Texarkana and visited the apartment complex we lived in for a year.  As you can see it is boarded up.  Our apartment which was rather large was #50 and is the top right hand windows in the picture.  Dorinda made good neighbors with the older couple that had the apartment just below us.  Hank and Butch.  Hank sold cars and even sold us one during our time there.  Butch didn't work and love to watch Meredith.  Mer was only about three months old when we move in.
 This is the first Chick-fil-a we ever ate at.  Still in the same location. 
We stopped in Shreveport and visited the Bass Pro Shop  and Dorinda found a pillow of her favorite Robertson.
 We ate at Willie's Duck Diner in West Monroe.  Food was ok.
The next day we visited the Duck Commander and spend money in the gift shop.  We had a fun time.