Discovering Beavers Bend State Park – Broken Bow, OK

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An indian monument carved out of a 450 year-old Bald Cypress

An indian monument carved out of a 450 year-old Bald Cypress

Our second (and final) stop in Oklahoma this year happened during the last week of October.  As we prepared to leave the state and enter Texas, we found yet another little gem that we had never heard of.  Just like all of the Oklahomans and Texans (they were everywhere in this place), once I heard about Beavers Bend State Park we made a beeline to this very popular resort. Continue reading

Oklahoma’s Talimena National Scenic Byway

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Talimena Scenic Byway heading east

With a cold front at our heels, we continued our southward migration and headed to an area in Oklahoma known for its glorious mountains and wilderness areas – Chocktaw Country.  When I think of Oklahoma, I imagine vast plains, tornadoes and generally bad weather.  It was a pleasant surprise to see mountains with fall colors on the horizon as we crossed the border from Arkansas.

We had planned two stops in the Sooner State – first in Hodgen, camping at Big Cedar RV Park (Steve’s review here), then in Broken Bow at Beavers Bend State Park (review here). Both locations were known for their fall foliage.  What?  Did she say fall foliage in Oklahoma?  Hmmm, we shall soon see. Continue reading