This morning I was up at 6:00 so I could visit with Bill and Lillie a little while before Bill left for work. I was on the road by 8:45 and arrived at the 310-acre Red Rock Canyon State Park around 1:30. We are staying in the California Road Campground at the end of the road, so it is very quiet.
Before the mid-1800s, Plains Indians used the canyon as a winter camp because wild game and water were plentiful and the canyon walls provided some protection from the wind. The canyon became a landmark on the California Road during the 1849 gold rush. In 1956 the Hinton Kiwanis Club donated the land, known then as Kiwanis Canyon Park, to the state. It was renamed Red Rock Canyon State Park.
Tonight our hosts (Mel and Joyce Grimm and Ray and Joyce Glivinski) served posse stew, corn muffins, relish plate and ice cream. It really hit the spot!
This morning I went into town with Ray and Joyce. Joyce needed to deliver our food orders to the restaurant where we have reservations for tonight. Then we went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch. They were really busy but the staff were very organized and the food was good. My crispy taco actually held together to the last bite.
After dinner tonight at the Broadway Pizzeria, we had our silent auction. We placed our Lazy Daze “Bucks” into paper cups labeled with the numbers assigned to the items. Then Joyce Grimm and Joyce Glivinski held the drawing to see whose “bid” won each item. It was a cross between a silent auction and a drawing for door prizes. I bid on only one item, an “EZ-Freeze” bottle. It has a freezer gel stick that keeps the drink cold. It was chilly enough this evening that we had to wear jackets.
During the wee hours of the morning, thunder woke me and it soon started raining. I think it rained all night because it was still sprinkling when I got up. I had to use the furnace for the first time this season.
Since it was still quite chilly after I had finished my breakfast, I decided to re-install my printer. For some reason, every time I booted up my Dell laptop the last couple of weeks, I got an error message saying that it couldn’t find the HP Assistant. The re-installation fixed the problem.
After lunch I walked almost to the park entrance, a 2.5-mile round trip. The sun was shining by then and it was very pleasant. I took a great many photos of the canyon walls. This park is very pretty; the contrast of the green trees against the dark red rock walls is striking.
Tonight we had a delicious potluck dinner. I contributed three kinds of pickles, which everyone seemed to enjoy. After dinner we had show and tell. Several of us told about useful things or ideas relating to RVing.
It has been another good rally.
Route: TX 16 N => US 281 N to Hinton, OK
Total Miles Driven: 185
Weather Conditions: Hot and dry
Road Conditions: Good most of the way; some sections of US 281 do not have shoulders
RV Park: Red Rock Canyon State Park (www.TravelOK.com)
Park Conditions: Beautiful rugged cliffs, canyons and large trees. Very large grassy sites. No pavilion in the California Road Campground.