Our trip from Benbrook, TX to Purcell, OK was fairly short and rough. It was almost all on I-35 which has seen better days. I did lose a hubcap off the left-front wheel but the Albuquerque Freightliner dealer has another one waiting on me to pick it up. When we arrived at Chandler Park, we saw nothing but white RV tops as we came across the hill and were afraid there would be no sites open. Luckily, there was one left! The park is almost full of long-term stays but they are keeping their sites neat and are no problem except for the early morning departures to work. The park itself is steadily going downhill as it's the only game in the area. They appear to not be putting any of their receipts back into the park - the broken picnic table on our site is a good example. We didn't visit the restrooms but the laundry has one washer/dryer pair and is very trashy. Since we are not spending any time at the site, it doesn't really affect us but it is sad to see what was once a very nice place become what it is now in four short years. We do have 50 amp full hookups with strong Verizon and an easy shot to the satellite!
We spent the whole time here visiting with my aunt Eulene, cousin Jeannie and her husband Randy. Jeannie and Randy have just purchased a new home a little south of Norman and are busy getting it set up the way they want. The place is on five acres and HUGE. It is very nice with very large rooms, high ceilings, granite counter tops and lots of built in cabinets and bookcases!
Jeannie is a great cook and fixed some amazing meals while we were there enjoying everyone's company. They also took us out for dinner tonight at the Moore, OK location of Alfredo's Mexican Cafe
where we had some great Mexican food the way we really like it. It will definitely be time to hit the trails and work a little weight off as we get farther west. Jeannie's son Jarrod, his wife Sarah and their daughter, Elizabeth were also able to join us and it was great to see them again. We last saw them a year and a half ago just after Elizabeth was born. Boy has she grown! They will also be making Jeannie a grandmother again within the month!
Tomorrow, aunt Eulene will accompany us as we head for Phoenix and a short stay to visit with my brother, Lonnie, and his wife, Mickey. We will visit them for four days before heading on out west. Aunt Eulene will stay an additional few days before flying back home. We will stop three places on the way there: Palo Duro Canyon State Park just east of Canyon, TX; Albuquerque, NM; and Homolovi State Park just outside Winslow, AZ. Those will all be one night stands. I know we will not have internet at Palo Duro so I will get these stops posted when I am able.