notes on leaving Oklahoma:
Who knows when I might be coming through Oklahoma again, but you
can be sure next time I do, I will be coming back to these wonderful
state parks or exploring others.
I've often heard from other RVers, one of our favorite things about
RVing is the people we meet on the road. That was certainly the
case here - at every encounter I experienced how incredibly friendly
and open the people are here...
starting with Pat, the camp host at Lake
Thunderbird who has found a way to go on after the death
of her husband and still dreams about Alaska... and Susan Hendon,
the park manager who went out of her way to put me in touch with
who I needed to in order to review these parks for you.
on to Lake Eufaula,
where I met the manager, Sue Hughart, a real Indian princess - don't
let the red hair fool you! And the way Mary greeted me even upon
my late arrival started my stay there most pleasantly.
Greenleaf I got
the biggest thrill out of feeding the fawn as Steve Evans, the park
Naturalist, joked that he felt like Tom Sawyer getting someone to
whitewash his fence. What a great job he has and great he does at
it! And Diane Rutland, the sales manager, who answered all my questions
so patiently and sweetly - she just LOVES RVers!
Wildcat showed me around, a sweetheart of a woman whose mother loved
Waylon Jennings, hence the name. She and her husband, a Native American
Cherokee, are expecting their first baby in November. I really appreciated
her schlepping me around in this heat with her big belly! Leann
Bunn's introducing me to her "babies" and letting me pet
and touch them was the highlight of that day for me.
of these folks made quite a good impression on me and they're obviously
happy and proud to be where they are. I told them I'd be letting
other RVers know about these mostly unknown state park treasures.
Even other local RVers I met here said they were surprised at how
beautiful the parks were in their own back yard! So check out Oklahoma
State Parks' website and pick out your destinations. And if
you visit any of these parks, be sure to tell these great folks
that Malia sends her regards!