Wanderings and Side Trips travel blog

Our home at Cookson Bend COE - #45

The view out our back window

And the view from our front door

Great signal - no obstructions:)

Our welcoming party

Not shy at all!!

Several Canadian Goose families are here

We had a beautiful drive through the Ouachita National Forest area and arrived at Cookson Bend COE park about 3pm, just 130 miles north of Beavers Bend. Nice travel day. This park is not taking reservations at this time because of some construction work being done, but the camp host assured us there were plenty of spaces available. He wasn't wrong!! I think we are the only ones here. We picked our favorite spot right on the shore of Tenkiller Ferry lake. We have wonderful views in all directions. The sun is shining and there are only a few trees. As much as we enjoy Beavers Bend, we both agree that all those trees and the rain are kind of depressing. We both just sat outside soaking in the sun and enjoying the "looooooong" views across the lake:) We both felt rejuvenated. Living for 60+ years on the Great high plains of Kansas and Colorado, we have discovered our bodies and minds just need wide open spaces:)

We finally got around to setting up and Wes found a strong signal immediately. There is nothing to obstruct his view to the south. Now we have great internet and both satellites on the TV. And our Verizon cell phones have 4 bars. We are "connected" again, and yes, we are happy too:)

It is really dark here at night! When we turned in, we felt like we needed to leave the porch light on just to have a little light. On the other hand, we could see millions of stars, one of our great pleasures.

Monday, we just relaxed, napped, read books, got caught up on computer work etc. Wes's sister Donna and her husband Bud live in Tahlequah just 20 miles from us. His other sister Wanda and her husband Jay from Ulysses, KS are driving in today. We are planning to spend most of the week with them. Donna and Bud couldn't wait to see us and drove out to the camp around 4pm. We had a nice visit and planned the week's activities and meals. So , I should have plenty to blog about this week.

Today we are going in to town for groceries and gas and will drop by Donna and Buds for a short visit. Wanda and Jay will be in later this evening and will probably be tired since they are driving the whole way (8 hours). Tomorrow everyone will spend the day at our home here on the lake. We'll BBQ and just hang out. Thursday we plan to visit the Cherokee Cultural Center and go out to dinner. Friday - no plans yet, but Wes wants to see the Port of Muskogee, so we may go there. Saturday, we plan to visit with friends in Muskogee, Sunday - church and Monday we move on to Carthage, MO.

Almost before we were parked, we had a welcome from the two resident ducks. Very pretty, friendly ducks:) They came right up to me and just stood there quietly quacking, almost like they were talking to me:) They followed me all around, just making little quacking noises. I think they were discussing our set-up routine:) I think they would come inside if they could get their little short legs up the steps:)

In the evening as we were sitting outside, a parade of Canadian Geese and their little families went right in front of our RV. Lots and lots of little furry geese:) They kept their distance and I'm glad. I sure don't want to deal with Momma Goose:)

We are looking forward to our time here and this has the potential of becoming one of our favorite spots. Definitely has the "it" factor:)

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