Crawford's Trip 2014 travel blog

Sunset at Stockton Lake, MO

Ed captured the eclipse of the sun while we were in Grove,...

Beautiful sites on Stockton Lake, MO.

Yup, I'm in relax mode.

Checking out the docks at Stockton Lake.

Ed at the boat launch checking out the water situation.

Couldn't figure out why there was a NO LOITERING sign at this...

There was a large flock of black wing tipped white pelicans on...

Fishing was great - catching not so much.

At Har-Ber Village

Loved this sign!

All decorated up for Fall.

Lots of themed "cabins" that were fun to see.

Ed looking out from the his jail cell.

The chapel and stature of Christ were the first structures in the...

Lots of old stuff.

It was a beautiful day to tour the Village.

Happy to be in the RV.

We’ve made some progress in heading west, but we have stopped for respites along the way. We spent several days at a Corps of Engineer Park on Stockton Lake in Missouri. We love the Corps parks as they are always on a lake and usually very nice AND cheap. With our Golden Age Pass (one of the few perks of getting old) we only paid $4.50 a night for a beautiful site on the lake with electricity. Water had been turned off, however, and we did not know that, so we had to really conserve what little water we had left in our tank. But we are good at conserving, so didn’t have a problem.

Ed put his boat in the water and did a little bit of fishing. He did a little bit of fishing and NO catching. Good thing I had hamburger in the freezer. Because we were on the lake and had a huge open view of the sky, we were able to see the meteor shower one night. Very cool.

After we left Missouri, we moseyed on over to Oklahoma and stayed at a Coast to Coast park in Grove, OK. The park wasn’t much, but at $10 a night, we didn’t have too many complaints. The weekend we were there, they told us they were going to have a Halloween celebration on Saturday night with lots of events: pumpkin carving, hayride, scary movies, bingo (not sure how bingo becomes a Halloween event), and trick or treating from 5:00 to 6:00. I did buy a bag of candy, just in case, but at the time there were only a handful of rigs in the park and mostly old people, so I thought I would have plenty. Well, when 5:00 arrived, kids came out of everywhere and we were out of candy in less than 4 minutes! Poor Ed was mobbed at the door and felt so bad when he had to turn kids away. We shut the door, pulled the shades and hid out for the rest of the time. Who knew!

While in Grove, we visited the Har-Ber Village and Museum at the suggestion of our RV friends Bill and Ruth. It was a very well organized and informative museum and we enjoyed it very much. It was established by a wealthy couple named Harvey and Bernice Jones, of the JTL transportation company. It was sort of a Greenfield Village type place in a very pretty setting on the lake. They had a lot of collection-type items and we really enjoyed seeing all of it.

We are now at another Corps park on a lake west of Tulsa. We are the only ones in the entire park, except for one lone goose who has apparently lost its mate and hangs around our campsite hoping we will give it some attention. However, when Ed tried to feed it a peanut today, it hissed at him. Maybe it’s trying to tell us to get out rather than welcome to my park.

We’ve had a few campfires and are enjoying our down time. So far, the refrigerator door has stayed in place with our make shift fix and nothing else has broken, but we still have our fingers crossed.

On a sad note, I will be flying back to Michigan to attend my niece’s funeral this week. It will be a very sad time for my brother and his wife, and our entire family. RIP Tiffany.

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