|I was reminded today of the amazing diversity of this nation, as if the time in the swamps didn't do it. We left Little Rock, having noted the farm fields along the way into that area in contrast to the forested areas earlier. From there, the forested areas returned, this time with the outskirts of the Ozarks giving small mountains and more fall colors. The color was not the brilliant reds and yellows of New England, but bronzes and rusts liberally with the greens of the evergreens and trees not yet turned.
The mountains of the Ozarks aren't huge, and many familiar with the Cascades and the Rockies might sniff at calling them mountains, but the ups and downs are just as real. We traversed them most of the day, but as we moved from western Arkansas into eastern Oklahoma, the landscape began to flatten out. Although the woodlands remained, some breaks with fields again began to show. Another indication of our diversity -- there were many signs along the freeway (I-40) such as "entering Sax and Fox nation reservation" and "Entering citizen Pottawatomie nation". However, the road was in great need of assistance -- a bone-jarring washboard I'm sure was hard on the rig and toad! I was surprised that only once since entering Oklahoma have I seen one of those oil "grasshopper" rigs! I remember going through Oklahoma City in the mid-1950's and being surprised by these oil pumps in so many yards and beside city buildings!
Our stop-over was is one of the newest RV parks in Oklahoma City. It has 99 spaces, many of them are pull-through, and all cement pads which are close to level. Even many of them on hillsides have slanted entrance and exit cement site openings to the level pads -- our toad, still hooked up, is about at an 8-9% incline, although our coach is on a level pad! Almost all will accommodate large coaches probably up to 45' or so.
Well, tomorrow off again, this time north to Kansas and a visit for a couple of days with a long-time family friend of Linda's. Her husband died earlier this year, so we really want to spend a little time with her. Likely out of wifi for a couple of days, so until we're on the road again, adieu.