Turkey Trip: Arrowhead State Park OK, Thanksgiving week 2014

Home for the next six nights: Arrowhead State Park, spot #39, in the -- I can hardly believe it myself -- *Turkey Flats* camping area.

Home for the next six nights: Arrowhead State Park, spot #39, in the — I can hardly believe it myself — Turkey Flats camping area. Happy Thanksgiving!

*Now* I'm a happy camper. And that is my brand new shatterproof BPA-free stemless wine... cup.

Now I’m a happy camper.
And that is my brand new shatterproof BPA-free stemless wine… cup.

The son instructs the father.

The son instructs the father.

"'Let sleeping dogs lie???' I call bullshit. I'm waking him. Who would make up a dumb saying like that?"

“‘Let sleeping dogs lie???’ I call bullshit. I’m waking him. Who would make up a dumb saying like that?”

his week's read. Seemed appropriate -- although we prefer to limit the number of paws onboard to four.

This week’s read.
Seemed appropriate — although we prefer to limit the number of paws onboard to four.

Stared up at this beauty for a long time this morning, and realized we're unable to recall when it was exactly that our boys quit climbing trees.

Stared up at this beauty
for a long time this morning,
and realized
we’re unable to recall
when it was
exactly
that our boys
quit climbing trees.

Well I'll be damned. It's making lazy circles in the sky.

Well I’ll be damned.
It’s making lazy circles in the sky.

How much do I love that my Construction Careers Academy kid 1. Noticed that this sliding door doesn't close all the way, 2. Knew how to fix it, and 3. Did it himself, without being asked?!?! Proud, proud mama!

How much do I love that my Construction Careers Academy kid
1. Noticed that this sliding door doesn’t close all the way,
2. Knew how to fix it, and
3. Did it himself, without being asked?!?!
Proud, proud mama!

Why yes, he does do windows. Did the entire exterior in fact! Camping: it's when housekeeping equity becomes a reality.

Why yes, he does do windows. Did the entire exterior in fact!
Camping: it’s when housekeeping equity becomes a reality.

Lola the Hiker Dog: She leads the pack, and checks frequently to make sure her charges are behind her. And when we're done for the day, she stands guard until the last of her herd returns.

Lola the Hiker Dog: She leads the pack, and checks frequently to make sure her charges are behind her. And when we’re done for the day, she stands guard until the last of her herd returns. (At Talimena State Park)

And then she rests, knowing her work is done. Good dog, Lola.

And then she rests, knowing her work is done. Good dog, Lola.

All snuggled in for the night. Tired. Happy. Warm.

All snuggled in for the night. Tired. Happy. Warm.

I'm no expert, but we're gonna say that stuff on the other side of that there fence is wheat. Waving wheat.

I’m no expert, but we’re gonna say that stuff on the other side of that there fence is wheat. Waving wheat.

Wheeeeeee!

Wheeeeeee! A day of art and autumn at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa.

My friend Amanda and her family went to see the Pope today. *At the Vatican*. This is my attempt to one-up her "When in Rome" with my "When in... Tulsa." Ho down!

My friend Amanda and her family went to see the Pope today. At the Vatican.
This is my attempt to one-up her “When in Rome” with my “When in… Tulsa.”
Ho down!

We did spend money today, but not on anything that can be gift-wrapped. Even bettah

We did spend money today, but not on anything that can be gift-wrapped. Even bettah. At Arrowhead Stables

Southbound. Farewell, Oklahoma! P.S. I could have done with a little less wind sweeping down the plain last night. Yawn.

Southbound.
Farewell, Oklahoma!
P.S. I could have done with a little less wind sweeping down the plain last night. Yawn.

I did it! There was great clenching and breath-holding involved, but nobody lost their life, their lunch, or their side-view mirror. I may not know how to back it up yet, but I drove that fucker through Dallas *and* parked it next to a starship. I. Win.

I did it!
There was great clenching and breath-holding involved, but nobody lost their life, their lunch, or their side-view mirror.
I may not know how to back it up yet, but I drove that fucker through Dallas and parked it next to a starship.
I. Win.

Ticks, teens, and tomorrow

Home. Unloaded. Getting clean.

Travel trauma #1, Tick on dog (eeeeewwww!): Removed and preserved.

Travel trauma #2, Teen tired of parents: Showered, changed, and fled.

Travel trauma #3, Potential structural damage to front of RV (the bumpy roads were not my fault): Tomorrow. We’ll deal with it tomorrow. Sigh.

Maybe we oughta measure this thing

Today’s lessons and accomplishments in RV life:

1. I did not forget a single ingredient for the dressing or the cranberries, and both are prepped and ready for tomorrow!

2. We’ve gottagotaLowe’s today, again, which regrettably confirms my fear that not owning a house will not reduce our trips there. At all.

3. The dudes are outside, using a proper tape measure to determine the RV’s height. Our previous method involved shouting, “Made it!” as we cleared underpasses, the lowest of which so far has been 13’7″.

4. This top is too short to be worn with leggings, ever, even in Nobodyknowsus, Oklahoma. I may be camping, but I’ve got my standards — and a full-length mirror. Let us all give thanks.

Maiden Voyage: Garner State Park TX, 10/30 – 11/2

Lesson One: Honey, did you remember to grab a lighter? I think so. - - - Honey, did you get the lighter? Uhhhh, I think there's one out there already. - - - Oh yeah. I need to grab a lighter! Sigh.

Lesson One:
Honey, did you remember to grab a lighter?
I think so.
– – –
Honey, did you get the lighter?
Uhhhh, I think there’s one out there already.
– – –
Oh yeah. I need to grab a lighter!
Sigh.

4:30 He's wiring shit. I'm having a beer. Priorities.

4:30
He’s wiring shit.
I’m having a beer.
Priorities.

Freaks the eff out every time Tim goes outside. Every. Time. This will take some getting used to.

Freaks the eff out every time Tim goes outside. Every. Time.
This will take some getting used to.

Just a few miles from the park: Leakey beverages. Right. And... corn? Corn is a thing with the beer and the wine?

Just a few miles from the park:
Leakey beverages. Right.
And… corn? Corn is a thing with the beer and the wine?

First meal onboard: Slightly undercooked filets 'n' bleu, garden salad, and buttered red spuds. Slightly underdone brownies with ice cream for dessert. All cooked and consumed to twangy country music from the Urban Cowboy era, because it's the only radio station we've managed to pick up. Life is very, very good -- even if we haven't figured out the oven or the entertainment system yet.

First meal onboard:
Slightly undercooked filets ‘n’ bleu, garden salad, and buttered red spuds. Slightly underdone brownies with ice cream for dessert.
All cooked and consumed to twangy country music from the Urban Cowboy era, because it’s the only radio station we’ve managed to pick up.
Life is very, very good — even if we haven’t figured out the oven or the entertainment system yet.

We've passed the first overnight test. Stayed dry through the midnight t-storms (central Texas is dressing up for Halloween as a place that gets rain), and Tim had already walked the dog and brewed the coffee by the time I rolled out -- just like at home! POD: Indoors for the morning, while the wet weather passes through, then a bike ride this afternoon.

We’ve passed the first overnight test. Stayed dry through the midnight t-storms (central Texas is dressing up for Halloween as a place that gets rain), and Tim had already walked the dog and brewed the coffee by the time I rolled out — just like at home!
POD: Indoors for the morning, while the wet weather passes through, then a bike ride this afternoon.

That's my bike he's working on. Got me a good man, I did.

That’s my bike he’s working on.
Got me a good man, I did.

If you go through cancer treatment, know this: When you get your life back, it will be different. Some things -- precious things -- will mean even more to you. Almost everything else? It'll mean a whole lot less.

If you go through cancer treatment, know this:
When you get your life back, it will be different.
Some things — precious things — will mean even more to you.
Almost everything else? It’ll mean a whole lot less.

I like my view. Home is where we park.

I like my view.
Home is where we park.

What'll it be tonight? Dinner... or disaster? Find out by tuning in at 6, right here on the RV channel.

What’ll it be tonight?
Dinner… or disaster?
Find out by tuning in at 6, right here on the RV channel.

Hiking day!

Hiking day!

I drove the BFT! And I only had to yell once. It was, "Oh my god get your stupid little dog off my road!" For the dog's protection. Of course. Oh, and we hiked up a mountain too.

I drove the BFT!
And I only had to yell once.
It was, “Oh my god get your stupid little dog off my road!” For the dog’s protection. Of course.
Oh, and we hiked up a mountain too.

Welp, home we go, with a good list of what we need to do, repair, research, and procure for the next trip. Overall, this one was a success. We done good. Looking forward to a day when set-up and break-down take us a lot less time, though! Also, we learned a lot about poop: production, storage capacity, chemical treatment, and removal. It's kind of a big deal now.

Welp, home we go, with a good list of what we need to do, repair, research, and procure for the next trip. Overall, this one was a success. We done good.
Looking forward to a day when set-up and break-down take us a lot less time, though!
Also, we learned a lot about poop: production, storage capacity, chemical treatment, and removal. It’s kind of a big deal now.

We left camp. I am sad.

We left camp.
I am sad.