Red Rock Canyon State Park, OK
Nov 20, 2011
|I have some time to catch up on so here are my entries as I wrote them while enjoying time in a state park in Oklahoma. I had no Internet coverage there.
Thursday, Nov. 17
Set off after a shower at the RV Park; I get a later start than I usually want to but everything seems to take longer to do. Maybe I’m not in a routine yet?
The winds today were strong, the temps moderate. The driving hard..going through Oklahoma City was a little scary with changing lanes; most drivers have been very considerate and given me the space I think I needed so that has helped immensely.
The Kansas Turnpike is very expensive but there’s no choice if you want to take I35 so you’re stuck. The roads aren’t all that great and the only ‘rest areas’ are stopping places in between the north and south bound lanes, servicing both. There’s generally a gas station, fast food restaurant and truck and car parking. Not like our rest areas. I miss them.
Ok’s terrain is extremely flat in some places and then beautifully hilly in others. They, however, have NO rest areas; just places for trucks to stop that have a trash can. And this is off I40. Very different and not very convenient.
Decided after 4 days of driving that I needed a break!
After reading the camp books, I thought I’d try Red Rock Canyon State Park. I called to make sure that they had pull through campsites and they did. 5 of them!! So not a big choice but convenient because I didn’t have to unhitch the car. My campsite, #54, has electric and water, which I was surprised was still on. All the bathrooms are closed so I don’t know what the tenters are using? The dump station is open too which is important for a Motorhome like mine with small tanks. So I will top off my fresh water tank before I leave.
Friday, Nov 18
An extremely windy day with gusts in the 40’s. I very glad I’m not trying to drive anywhere. I’ve decided to stay here for a couple days and rest, get some walking in and just relax. Unfortunately there is no internet coverage and barely good cell service.
The park, a couple miles long, is in a small canyon with lots of tress, red rocks!, and a stream that very’s low on water. There are 3 areas for RV’s to camp and I’m in the last one. Thankfully near one of 2 nature trails. So today I walked to the next RV area where there were a handful of campers and later I went on the California Road Nature Trail.
The temps were in the 60’s but with the winds it felt a bit cooler. Sand and grit blew around everywhere and sticks and leaves fell on the top of the MH. It became sunny and both cats enjoyed sunning in the windows.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Wow today is in the 70’s, lots more tenters here. I’m not sure about the RV’s since there are none around here. I’ll have to walk later, when the sun isn’t as intense and see who’s camping in the middle.
I’ve had a lazy day today. Took a shower in my MH which always takes a long time since I have to empty the shower of everything that is in it!! But I felt better after the shower. Then I have to dry the shower and put everything back!! Not something you do if you’re in a hurry to leave.
Topped off the fresh water tank, filled all my jugs, hung out my wet towels…such excitement!!
Lots of birds this morning around today in the trees and bushes around the stream. Saw a deer yesterday and some hoof prints while hiking the nature trail.
Well off to take a walk.
Enjoyed my walk, did some more climbing on the red rock and sand. The sand gets a little slippery on the rocks so I had to be careful.
Unfortunately I plan to leave tomorrow. I've enjoyed my time more in nature, where I can just walk or sit or just do nothing.
Sunday, Nov 20
Wow what a temperature difference; needed my light winter coat today. A big difference from the past 2 days. Not too windy but will see when I get up out of the canyon.