Eastbound and Down…

The RV repair place was Dean’s RV Superstore in Tulsa, OK. They were of outstanding assistance to us and got us in a day earlier than our appointment. The staff was friendly and courteous and I would recommend Dean’s to anyone needing repairs or parts. They even allowed us to set up on their front lot and spend the night there, no fee and with electric hook-up.

But let the fun continue. We wanted to spend a few days at Lake Tenkiller State Park outside of Gore, OK. We got there and met the Oklahoma RV Club, a small RV group that were already there. Very friendly folks, they came to our door and invited us over for BBQ and social time. Lake Tenkiller is a very nice, CLEAR water lake which touts fishing and SCUBA diving. We spoke with a SCUBA instructor who was diving there and he said they had a roped off area for SCUBA only, and they had submerged a small airplane, a helicopter, and a bus for diving.

Tenkiller Lake, the SCUBA area


There were a couple of short paved trails in the park, the Nature Center was interesting with a few of the local snakes on display, such as timber rattlesnake, diamondback rattlesnake, copperhead, bull snake, rat snake and a caged dove that kept “laughing” at us.

This guy did not like me taking his picture…


One drawback to this park was there was no beach/designated swim area that we found. It was more geared for boating. And, as usual for us, we got some nasty rain/thunder/lightning storms pretty much the bulk of our few days stay there.

The members of the Oklahoma RV Club told us about another state park that we should try to see, the Natural Falls State Park, just 6 miles west of Siloam Springs, Arkansas but still in Oklahoma.  We headed there for our next adventure. It was a nice, small park in heavily wooded area just off Hwy. 412. We walked the short trails around the park and found the walk to the falls very scenic.  The falls are about 70’ high and I’m told they filmed parts of “Where the Red Fern Grows” in this park. The one drawback to these trails was the amount of ticks we picked up (9 to be precise).

Bring lots of repellant with you for these walks. We happened to be here during Mother’s Day weekend and there were lots of families here. Surprisingly, the park remained very quiet in the nighttime and early morning times despite the number of small kids here.

Our home at Natural Falls State Park, OK
The Natural Falls, the smaller one on the right appears to be fully spring fed.
The Falls, from the top.

Well, it is time to depart the great state of Oklahoma and head into Branson, Missouri for family visits. Until next time… 


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Recreational wanderers just livin' the dream while we can still get vertical.
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