8 - Thursday 17th September 2015
Written by Kev
After a good
nights sleep we get up at 7.30am and pack our suitcases. We
are leaving the Cedar Rock Inn today; its been a very
Breakfast is fruit, pancakes, then scrambled eggs with sausage, biscuit and candied bacon. Once again we are all stuffed.
everything into the back of the car. Even with the size of The
Beast this is a difficult exercise. Every inch of space has to be
utilised and I think I see The Beast wince a little as we force
the last few things in.
Matt drives to Susans house to pick her up for our long journey to Beavers Bend State Park.
Our first stop of the morning is at a sports shop, as Deb wants to buy a couple of Oklahoma University t-shirts for her grandsons. I take the opportunity to purchase a long sleeved Green Bay Packers shirt. Ive followed The Packers for over 40 years, but never had a shirt before.
Back in the car we drive a couple of miles to Whole Foods to do the bulk of the shopping. This doesnt take too long, but The Beast looks on in alarm as we push the loaded trolley towards him. We just about squeeze everything in with the areas around peoples feet being put to good use. The Beast mans up and we set off on the 200-mile journey to Broken Bow, the nearest town to Beavers Bend State Park.
The trip is uneventful apart from an incident where a lorry in front of us drives over the remains of a shredded tyre in the road and throws it up into our path. It hits The Beast with a heck of a thump. Later we discover a big, black mark covering the offside front wing and a dislodged sidelight. Im not sure how much other damage has been done, but if we had been lower down in a small car it would have been very dangerous.
We arrive in
Broken Bow and go straight to our cabin, Tumble Down Lodge, which
is at the top of a dirt road. Its a big place with 4
bedrooms and was primarily chosen because it has two master
bedrooms with en-suite. Its in a pretty location and is not
overlooked by any other property.
After looking around and unpacking we realise that there are some things that could be better. There is no phone (not a big issue in this day and age, but still unusual), the outdoor chairs are very basic (we thought they would be more comfortable), the furniture in the living room has certainly seen better days and the kitchen is lacking some bits and pieces.
Still, we wont let these things bother us and get on with the process of having a good time.
We jump back in
The Beast and drive the 10 miles or so to the Walmart in Broken
Bow to get even more stuff for our 4 night stay. Anyone would
think we are staying for a month with all the provisions we have.
We try to find a cocktail shaker with no luck, so a cheap jug
with a lid on it will have to suffice. We are nothing if not
The ladies declare that there are still a few bits and pieces missing, so we nip next door to Pruetts Foods to finally finish off the shopping. The young lady behind the deli counter is tickled pink by our accent and gets Tam to say Have a blessed day to her. What ever happened to a have nice day, I dont know. I guess blessed is better than nice?
Back to the
cabin where I have a shower and come down to snacks being
prepared by the ladies chips, dips etc. I do my bit by
making margaritas all round. One thing that is missing is a
squeezer, so I do this by hand.
Tam has been trying to do a load of washing, but the machine seems to keep sending it round in a cycle. Her washing has been in for 2 hours. Deb reckons its because our washing is particularly dirty and I ask if there are a number of settings on the washing machine light medium heavy Kevs pants.
After a couple
of drinks we think about food. We are going to BBQ the steak we
bought in Hominy Wild Meats. The ladies prepare the
accompaniments corn on the cob (to be cooked on the BBQ),
tomatoes with avocado, baked potatoes and lettuce.
Nobody wants to BBQ the meat, so I get the task. Our best guess is 2 minutes per side. Maybe we should have used one minute as its a little overdone, but at least its still edible.
Dessert is chocolate cake that Susan has brought from our night in Jincys and this is lovely gungy and chocolatey.
Plates are cleared off and Tam wants to light a fire outside, much to the derision of Matt. There is a pit and a stack of firewood and Tam and I manage to light it fairly easily, even in the dark. It catches quickly as it is so dry and in no time there is a nice blaze going. Deb is frightened of all things creepy crawly, but declares she will give it a go around the fire.
entirely pleasant experience. The crickets are creating their own
nighttime symphony and the sky overhead twinkles with hundreds of
We chat for a while before Deb and Matt create their own nighttime symphony stereo snoring. Id like to say it adds to the atmosphere, but thats probably pushing it a bit too far.
Not the greatest photo, but it gives some idea of the size of our fire.
Bed around 11.00pm.
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