Moving on – to Thackerville,OK

4/7/15 Tuesday in Thackerville,OK (Red River Ranch-ROD)

John’s package from Silverleaf still hadn’t arrived, so Jinhiee graciously agreed to get it for us if it came in today.

No matter what we did or how long we waited, the last couple jacks wouldn’t come all the way up. So John just decided to leave anyway. After some time on the road it stopped trying to “stow” and one jack was still not completely up. Other then that and the reality that Texas likes to discontinue rest areas, putting a picnic area in less frequently, our trip was good. We followed Richard’s (trucker) advice to avoid construction in Fort Worth. To go north from Whitney,TX to Thackerviller OK take I-35W to I-20W to I-820N to FM 156, then Hwy 114, then enter I-35W again, continuing on that road until exit 5 for our campground, just across the border into Oklahoma!

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Did you know that Texas doesn’t allow casinos, but Oklahoma does, so just across the border (notice Exit 1) is what we’ve been told is the largest casino in the state of Oklahoma and the largest in the US based on gaming floor space.  We’ve found out they’re offering Seniors (50+) free breakfast (7:30am-11am) Wednesdays & Thursdays.  Need to be members (get a player’s card).

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When we arrived John put the jacks down, then wiped them clean, then stowed them. They came up in 3 minutes!! Maybe that’s the solution, even though our HWH manual states not to clean/wipe/ or spray anything on them….maintenance free. It was really hot so we just set the A/C on and stayed inside, working out our camping plans after we’ve been in Spokane. Then we BOTH took short naps.

I called Silverleaf when they were open, got the tracking number and found out that UPS had attempted delivery on Monday, but no one answered them, so they were trying again today. I then called Lake Whitney Campground to relay this message and impress how important it was for us that they be available during the time UPS was like to arrive (5-5:30pm). The good news is that by 5:30pm Jinhiee called to confirm that she had our package!! How fortunate that early yesterday when John found out that she was headed the same direction as we, he had mentioned the campground we had planned to stay at. She decided that would be better for her than going all the way to Oklahoma City, so she made plans to come there as well, a day later. Richard also decided he’d follow Jinhiee’s path.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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