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Go West Travel Journal, Day #6, 10/17/17 AR-OK

Go West Travel Journal, Day #6, 10/17/17 AR-OK
Today was our longest travel day, thus far. We left the beauty and euphoria of Blanchard Springs and the Ozarks, headed to Wes Watkins Reservoir, a public campground in Oklahoma just off I-40.

Typically, we stay at State Park, National Forest, and National Park campgrounds. This was simply, somewhere to spend the night in OK, after an exhaustive search for more of what we’re used to, turned up nothing. Kind of a let down after where we’d come from. I’m spoiled from all the dreamy campgrounds, where we normally camp. This is where the High Maintenance comes in, sorry.

Wes Watkins Reservoir, was fine for the night, but no Blanchard Springs. When we first pulled in near dark, we saw nothing, but empty parking lot, after empty parking lot. We thought, there wasn’t an actual campground and you could just park in their parking lot. Didn’t like that idea of sitting there by ourselves all night. Felt like we’d be sitting ducks, saying come rob us. We debated, just leaving and breaking down and camping for the first time at a Walmart.


Luckily, we decided to go further into the park and found some campers. There were a few campground loops. We drove through the RV section and didn’t like how close together the sites were or the lack of trees, we have our standards, again High Maintenance.

As we drove to another loop to investigate, we passed a bathhouse, where we saw a tatted up “yute”, lying half in/half out of the backseat of his SUV. We worried that he was dead, overdosing, or passed out. We chickened out and didn’t get close enough to determine which. Again, Walmart was on the table…

We drove through the tent camping loop along the reservoir and saw a lone cute couple camping there and decided this was where we’d park for the night. Because of our diminutive size, tent camping parking spots are always an option for us. We, also, don’t need hookups, because we have solar and can run everything, we need with that.

We got out of Happy and walked from our site to the edge of the reservoir. We walked along the water’s edge for a bit to let the dogs get the long travel day out of there legs. Wiley threw the ball for Nigel and Pippa hunted in the bushes. Loved the shadows, in the pictures, I took.

After watching the sun set over the reservoir, we walked back into the campground. We stopped and talked to the cute couple by their fire for a bit. They were super friendly and gave us some campground recommendations in the region. We enjoyed swapping some stories. You meet the nicest people, camping!

Still on eastern time, we got up before the sun the next morning, eager to be on our way. Saw the sunrise over the reservoir, while giving the dogs a good walk, before getting on the road. We headed for Texas with no idea of the fabulousness, that awaited us, at Palo Duro Canyon SP.


2 thoughts on “Go West Travel Journal, Day #6, 10/17/17 AR-OK

  1. Your neighbor is very jealous! I miss my high maintenance Camping and traveling days.
    After 20 years in TX we headed west and never looked back.If you find yourself near DFW airport, there is a nice campground in Grapevine. It’s on Grapevine lake, that’s the town where we lived.

  2. Thrilled to hear from you! How did you find my blog? Love that you are member of the tribe and ended up in the exact same spot in the mountains. I lived in Dallas ’93-’95. Would love to get together, swap stories, and get some recommendations. Headed to Greenville through Wednesday. Let’s do it on my return.

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