Anne & Tom's Southwest Adventure travel blog

Camping at Checotah OK

Lake Eulaufa

Back on the road

Shawnee, OK

St Gregory's University

Snow on the road from the weekend blizzard

A vinyard and winery in Oklahoma!


The baby

At the Cherokee Trading Post

Inside the trading post

Tom had a buffalo burger for lunch

Wind farm on I40

A lone tree in the "Lone Star State"

A jewel of a campground

Into New Mexico

After leaving Graceland, we headed to the Oklahoma border and the planned stop at Checotah situated on a large reservoir, Lake Eufaula. The road (I40) was like a washboard. The KOA was very nice. There was a thunderstorm at 10:30PM and we were told if there were three blasts on the air-horn, we should run to the ladies room which is the designated tornado shelter. It blew a bit, but there was no tornado. The 31st was sunny and cold. We got a relatively early start (9AM) and headed to Amarillo Texas. We had feared the I40 highway in Oklahoma (we had 255 miles to go on it) because of experience from last night. It wasn't quite so bad, but the wind picked up and we were fighting it almost all the way to the Texas border.

As we headed west, Anne saw that we would pass right by Shawnee, where her brother, John, had gone to college (St. Gregory's). Using the iPhone to navigate, we found the campus and sent him an email with a picture of the RV in front of the main building. There was still snow along the road from the blizzard of last Friday and Saturday.

Beyond Shawnee, there were billboards advertising the Cherokee Trading Post. When Tom saw the billboard for a Buffalo Burger, we knew we just had to stop (besides it was lunch time).

But before that stop, we headed just a half mile further and found a winery in Oklahoma (would you believe!). They actually use Oklahoma grapes. A young woman with a baby greeted us and we had a tasting of the excellent wines made by her husband who teaches wine making at a local college. We got to hold her baby. Oh, we bought an excellent Chardonnay.

We pulled into the Oasis RV Resort just west of Amarillo at 5PM. It is a new facility and is very nice. The showers are the best we have ever used. All the sites are perfectly level with great hook-ups. They had a "stimulus package" price of only $17 for Class C coaches (regular $33) if we spoke highly of the place. OOPS, we've been bought!

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