|Today is one of those picture perfect days; the light breeze with temps between 68 and 72 and a “fall blue” sky. The colorful trees made driving around the park I beautiful experience. I read pamphlets about the history of the park before I started on my excursion. I have an auto-tour brochure that I read over and it determines my destinations for the day. This park was part of the Choctaw land. Oklahoma wasn’t a state during the Civil War days, but the Choctaw aligned with the Confederacy. Oklahoma became a state in November of 1907 (that really not that long ago). The name Robbers Cave comes from the fact that deserted Union and Confederate soldiers and many outlaws sought refuge in the caves. I drove up to Robbers Cave but decided against hiking the equivalent of eight flights of stairs to get to the cave. Hopefully after I have my back treatments that will not be a problem. The park takes a great deal of pride in their structures built by the CCC and the dams built by the WPA. I am camping in the Circle Campground and along the road they have two signs cut from sheet metal, forged during the CCC efforts. They marked the location of “Water/Restrooms.” Those original signs are on display, but many of the other signs in the park have been created to resemble those. I went to the Nature Center, but it was closed for lunch. I decided to come back tomorrow. But, I did learn some things from the outside displays. Interesting Fact: The primary predator of the skunk is the Great Horned Owl which does not have a sense of smell. They have a whole section of nice cabins that are built to overlook a canyon above the lake. I know this park must be packed during the summer; it reminds me a lot of Garner SP (my favorite childhood camping place) with all of its activities: miniature golf, horseback riding, paddle boats to rent, a swimming pool with fun slides, a swimming area in the lake, many good fishing sites, trails and rock climbing. I drove down by the river that feeds the lake and there were many tent sites right next to the water; those reminded me of Garner as well.
Back at the trailer, I wrote letters and scanned some info to email to Andrew. I had to go back into town to send some e-mails. I decided to go to the library to work, hoping that my reception would be even better there. No such luck. I don’t get 3G, I have some other kind of reception that is s-l-o-w. I did finally get the e-mails sent. I left the library after my computer ran out of juice (I didn’t bring my charger because I didn’t think I should plug in at the library and I didn’t see a plug readily available anyway). Before I left town, I wanted to call some friends. I parked in the lot of BP where they have a beautiful facility. As I was talking and it was getting late, I noticed a car leaving and a gate had to open for them to exit. Oh No! I don’t want to get trapped in this parking lot. I immediately started up and took off, hoping to get through the gate before it closed. As I passed through, I was worried that it would start closing and catch me in the middle, but, fortunately, it didn’t.
I went home and made potato soup with left-over mashed potatoes. Then, I read part of Mockingjay, the third in the Hunger Games series.