We had great pre-holiday visits & meals with friends & family in Kansas City, in my hometown, & in Springfield MO before heading west to Joplin, then south in eastern Oklahoma. We’re heading to Little House Customs, east of Dallas TX, the great little home-based business of Larry & Debbie Gamble. If you have a Casita — you know who they are. If not, well, they have created a business from making modifications to & selling specific items for Casita travel trailers.
We got on the road by 8:30am on a gorgeous clear sunny Saturday morning without much wind, & made good time shunpiking on Highway 60 — the same highway we traveled on for Subway & gas in KY. In fact, we drove south from Joplin (finally got to see some of the remaining tornado damage along I-44), thru Seneca MO which reminded me of those KY valleys we drove thru, as well as parts of Eureka Springs AR. I was surprised the OK border seemed to be within the city limits of Seneca. Passed several Indian casinos & a nice looking State Park on the Neosho River. I was glad to start seeing some leaves still on the trees in OK. I didn’t used to mind bare trees & brown grass during MO’s winters — but since we’ve been on the road, it all seems to be very depressing now.
We didn’t have much traffic even, especially going thru the smallish OK towns on Hwy 69, & although the wind picked up some during the afternoon, it was never that bad. I loved the hills & trees & especially the lakes we drove by in SE OK.
We got into Hugo OK late afternoon & I used Maps on my Droid to see they had a Pizza Hut. . .& we were getting hungry. So, I called & order one that was ready when we drove thru town. Perfect.
We spent the night at the Corps of Engineer portion of Hugo State Lake, east of town. Gorgeous, even with the water level low! I even have a few bars of internet from the marina across the lake. In fact we’re spending two nights here just so we can have a totally down day on Sunday. This vacationing stuff is nearly as tiring as the working stuff. We’re two hours away from our destination, so we can have some quiet, stationary time finally.
Here’s Sunday morning’s sunrise before the clouds rolled over the sun!
I realize my posts to this blog are very irregular, but just in case some of my readers are annoyed checking this & other blogs without anything new being posted, I’ll suggest again using Google Reader to access – or at check – the blogs you follow (free program from Google). You have to tell Reader what blogs you want to subscribe to in order for it to go out to the internet & check for new posts to those specific blogs. Saves a ton of time & effort checking them yourself. I have Google Reader on my phone too so I’m never too far away from accessing new posts. I admit that I’m lazy — but it makes me extremely efficient & allows time to waste on other activities!