Wild West in Pawnee

When we heard about the Pawnee Bill Original Wild West Show happening this weekend at the Pawnee Bill Ranch we decided to take our RV to Pawnee Lake for the weekend and see the show.  There was plenty to see and do for 2 days was a wonderful experience.

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From the observation tower

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Pawnee Bathhouse and Waterpark

A few pictures from the Pawnee Bill Original Wild West Show.  We had seats that were close enough to be hit by the clods of dirt during the chariot racing.

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The show ended with fireworks.

The next day we enjoyed time at our campsite looking at the lake with a friendly dog.

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Here we go

Many years ago our neighbor planted a mulberry tree and it has grown to partially hang over our yard.  Keith has wanted that tree removed from the beginning and his wish finally came true Saturday when the neighbors were ready for it to be gone.  Of course, Keith was eager to help them cut it down and carry it away.  The birds are not nearly as pleased as Keith is about the tree’s removal.

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Sunday was a beautiful Oklahoma day with a gentle breeze.  Those who fished in the pond caught catfish & perch with little waiting time.

2016-06-05-01After fishing we found some kittens ready for attention.

2016-06-05-08The landowner has chickens, guinea hens, cattle, cats, a dog and a lovely pond with fish.

Visiting Family

We’re starting to organize our garage and create a space for Keith to work on various projects.  Keith had created enough space so we borrowed my Dad’s flatbed trailer and moved from our lake place to our home the huge worktable that my Dad built earlier.  The next day when I returned the trailer to my Dad, he and Camellia gave me a guided tour around town, which included seeing some elk.

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On my way home I stopped by the IOOF Noble Cemetery and noticed others bringing flowers this Memorial Day.  I enjoyed the warmth of the sun on my back and pondered the symbolism of my shadow on Mom’s headstone along with all the new growth of grass.  Standing there I felt both sadness in her absence and strength of her love as I affirmed the epitaph that my brother and I wrote about Mom.

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Water’s Edge

Oklahoma has more than 200 lakes created by dams, which is more than any other state in the United States.  So, we have plenty of lakes to choose from and this weekend we went to Lake Murray with my Dad and step mother.  Our campsites were very close to the water’s edge and here you can see their trailer is in the foreground and ours is in the background.

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Saturday morning was very windy and chilly so we stayed inside and played cards most of the morning but by late afternoon it was a nice day.

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The sunset was gorgeous!

Mother’s Day weekend

For the second weekend in a row we went camping near Stillwater but this time we stayed at Lake Carl Blackwell, which was quite pretty.  My mother’s day weekend included time with my kids, receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers and special dark chocolate candy.  My daughter and I worked on her flowerbed, it’s her first one ever.

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That evening we had a nice meal and played dominoes as we watched the sunset.

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photo by Keith

Breezy and Cool

For our first away from home camping in our RV we went to Lake McMurtry, which is near Stillwater where our daughter lives.  2016-04-30-10

We had a very shady campsite and Saturday, Keith and I enjoyed basking in the sun with a gentle cool breeze.

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On our drive into town there we several turkeys and I managed to snap a pic of one darting across the road.

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Note: The same day we bought our RV my brother and sister-in-law shared that they are expecting a baby girl in September!

It’s a Cougar

Over the past few years we’ve been toying with the idea of getting an RV.  We borrowed my step-father’s motor coach after Thanksgiving 2013 and enjoyed a few days of RV camping.  This past fall we rented a 25′ RV for two weeks to sightsee and experience a different type of RV.

In March we went to the RV show at the fairgrounds and learned a lot.  We’ve done a bit of RV shopping for new & used and over the past several months Keith’s been researching and asking lots of questions of others who have an RV.  Then last weekend we rented a bumper pull type trailer to try yet another type of RV.

Now that we sold our boat and have been doing lots of researching we are ready to get serious about purchasing an RV.  Yesterday morning Keith noticed that there was an RV for sell that seemed pretty close to all the features and price we are looking for so we made a small road trip to Enid to see it. We looked the RV over pretty thoroughly then decided to sit down and discuss it over a nice cup of coffee at a local cafe.

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We loved the coffee and decided we love the RV.  We agreed upon a price and will pick it up later this week.

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Sitting behind our truck, here’s the 2013 Keystone Cougar Xlite 25′ RET that will soon join our family.

Weekend rental

We rented a bumper pull trailer to test out our truck’s limit to tow and did a bit of sightseeing at Lake Ouachita, Arkansas.

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We arrived late on the first evening and didn’t have a site that had full hookups so the next day we moved to a different site. The lake was steps away at both sites.

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My favorite camera lens stopped working properly right after I took this photo so the rest of my photos for the weekend were taken at a ridiculously high ISO or with my cell phone.  Guess I’ll need to see if it can be repaired or buy a replacement lens.

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Along the drive to our second campsite was this old railroad track.

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Our journey this weekend had some interesting twists and turns that overall helped us feel more comfortable about a decision to purchase a trailer.  Who knows what’s around the corner for us!

Finials on the Fence

With such beautiful weather Keith was eager to work outside. The result is an updated look to our fence, no doubt some soreness along with a bit of sunburn on the back of his legs.  The finials certainly add a nice finishing touch!2016-04-03-update-fence

On another note, we sold our deck boat this week.  After owning it for 14 years and enjoying good times on the lake we’re ending that chapter and considering RV ownership.

City Farm

A few times a week Keith has been helping a friend by feeding his farm animals while he recuperates.  I accompanied him this weekend and the place is just on the edge of town so you get a feeling of being in the country but your not really.  Since I didn’t grow up with farm animals it was interesting to watch. 2016-04-02-18Standing in the food bowl makes a statement.

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2016-04-02-37This one reminds me of a cartoon character.  “I say, I say…son.”

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