Sunday, April 22, 2018

A Short Drive and We Are In Sayre, Oklahoma

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April 20 & 21, 2018 (and Sunday morning)

When we pulled into this rest area last evening the wind was blowing, gusts were over 30 mph, but the sun was shining. The parking spaces luckily were angled the right way for a change and the back of the Stinger "B" was into the wind. Which means we did not rock and roll all night.

This morning, Friday, we got up to the wind still blowing and grey skies. When I checked the weather it said wind gusts of 37 mph. We secured the motorhome and Tom drove out into a crosswind on I-40. When we were talking last night we remembered a park we stayed at a couple of years ago just past the border going east into Oklahoma. Doing some research on our blog I found that on April 4, 2016 we stayed at a City Park in Sayre, OK for $12 a night. Feeling the pull of today's winds and after the long drive yesterday, doing the same, Tom agreed it might be good to stop in Sayre. Seventy miles later we pulled into the Sayre RV & City Park. We are now parked in the same spot we did last time and the price still $12 a night for water and electricity and there is a dump station.

The wind blew all afternoon and the way the sites are situated it was hitting us on the side. The Stinger "B" was rocking and rolling into the evening. It was a little later that the wind died down and the rain started. We have decided to relax and spend two days.

Leaving the rest area the sky is a little dull but it is scenery I love.

The wind is kicking up a lot of dust ahead.

I am pretty sure, like these trees, most are permanently bent towards
the north from the wind. 

The vehicles passing us are disappearing into the dust.

Is is just us? We have never seen a sign saying "Welcome to Oklahoma".
We are at mile marked 2 so I know we have left Texas.

Then we see the  Oklahoma Information Center, confirming we are in Oklahoma.

Spotting my first dandelion of this spring.
Some people get excited about the first robin, and they are wonderful to see,
but to me this little yellow flower makes me smile.
In it I see the promise of another wonderful summer to come and,
in my minds eye, all the wonderful memories of summers gone by.

Route 66

Sayre City Hall.
Is it not wonderful that it is in an old building that is part of this
little town's history.
The date on top is 1905 and it was The First National Bank.

There short main street with the Beckham County Courthouse in the distance.

This building is across from the City Hall.
There is an optometrist office here and if you enlarge the picture you
should be able to see the door just to the right of the pillar.
The door handle is pair of glasses.

Not sure what goes on in this county but this is the a
County Sheriff Vehicle.

The Beckham County Courthouse.

It had a cameo role in the 1940's movie, "Grapes of Wrath".

In front of the courthouse a memorial honoring all Veterans.

We found two of these buffaloes in Sayre. I did some checking, I was wondering if there were more, and all I could find was information about the ones that are in Oklahoma City. I thought of checking with the museum but when I went online to check when it was open it said it was permanently closed. No help there.

In front of courthouse.

In front of closed museum.

The closed museum is an old railroad depot.

Sign post next to the welcome to the city park sign.
Just though it was cute.

Driving into the parking area by the ponds

these guys were honking and heading towards us.
I will not be getting out of the Jeep.

Looking at this sign we were like, 105 miles of trails, where????
Then looking very closely we could see the decimal. 1.05 miles.

Saturday we awoke to rain and it rained down on us on and off until the evening. It is a cold wet day and we are glad we made the decision to stay here and just relax . I have taken the time to read our friend's blogs and Tom is cleaning the front area of the Stinger "B" the dials where looking pretty dusty. Plus, he took a ride into "town" and has informed me they have a very nice and good size ACE Home Center. I feel bad but I will not be visiting it; I am just going to take his word for it. I think instead I will cook up a batch of muffins. There is a recipe in the Keto cookbook I have for Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins. They are not bad just not my favorite.  I tweak the recipe to make Maple Pecan Cream Cheese Muffins and the Stinger "B" is going to smell delicious.

I ventured out for a couple of minutes to take the pictures below. It is cold and wet and I have no intentions of leaving the warmth of the Stinger "B" today for any length of time.

The rain stopped and Tom decided to exchange the shoelaces for wire.
The reason for his shopping spree this morning.

One other RV decided to stay today.
Two 5th wheels pulled out in the rain this morning.

Most of the sites are long level pull thrus.
We could have left the Jeep hooked up. When we stayed here 
last time we did not unhook the truck from our 5th wheel.
Looking out over the golf course the clouds are dark.

Another view of the Golf Course.

Our view out the front windshield.

More of the RV Park behind us.

Under Amenities it lists bathrooms and showers. I believe this is the building.
We are self-contained and so did not check them out either time we were here.

The Stinger "B" parked in site 75. The electric at this site is 50 amps.

Hope you all had a good Saturday. I know we did.

It is Sunday Morning and we have just returned from attending 8:00AM Sunday Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church here in Sayre, OK. We just each had one of those maple muffins I made yesterday and we are about to finish the process of buttoning up to be on the road.

A small but welcoming parish.

The sun is out, it is a little cooler, 50 degrees, and we are experiencing a breeze. Never the less we will be on our way shortly. Today's destination will be wherever we decide to stop.  We have approximately 1200 miles, give or take a few depending on the exact route, between us and our driveway. Plus, I have found a RV Park about 123 miles south of our driveway that is open and after talking with a woman at the Park we should be able to dump our grey and black tanks there. So the goal/plan is to get ourselves into the Apple Creek Campground in DePere, WI sometime in the early afternoon on Thursday spend the night and then after breakfast head home and pull in early Friday afternoon. Now, I am anxious to see how it all works out...wish us luck. 

If you would like to leave a comment, we would enjoy hearing from you.
If not, we are still glad you stopped by to visit.


  1. We wondered the same thing when we entered Oklahoma. Most like to take pictures as they cross the state lines.
    Take your time and maybe you'll see spring when you pull into the driveway.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Good to hear someone else wondered, I guess Oklahoma does not want to welcome us at the border. Though I will say their information centers at each end of i-40 are clean, the people friendly and helpful.

      We are going as slow as we can but we have a deadline for a family thing so back we go. Our daughter showed us the yard yesterday and it looks like the snow is pretty much gone...:)

  2. That campground is a nice find. reasonable rates and a pretty town to boot. I love the buildings you have showed us in Sayre. A great town on Route 66.
    Hope your travels are safe.

    1. It is a nice little town and the people we encountered were all friendly. Unfortunately, like so many little towns so many downtown store fronts are empty and there are a lot of homes that are in need of repair. The park is a nice stop over for a night or two. It is an easy on and off of I-40 and for $12 you have electricity, water, and a dump.

  3. Enjoy your time there, and relax for a while.

    1. We did for two days...and it was quiet and relaxing.

  4. What a great campground. I don't know how you find those!! I seem to end up in old broken down trailer parks. The buffaloes are like the hearts in San Francisco and the seals in Oregon ... all painted by different artists. Very cool!!

  5. Just catching up. I agree, a nice campground for a few days. The pictures in town of the buildings and buffalos are great. Too bad you couldn't find more about them. The second buffalo looks like he is wearing black pants! :)
    I agree about some of the paleo recipes. We try to cut out the sugar but even my rhubarb crumble is hard to get used to, missing that familiar sweet taste. But its better for us! ha ha

  6. Last year 2017 we stopped in Sayre to mail a card and thought then what an adorable town. Now that we know about the city park and camping I could see stopping there too. Love the buffalos. Glad to hear snow is about gone at home!

  7. Still catching up. Love the little towns, they have such a wonderful feel to them. I too dislike driving in the wind.
    Stay safe and warm. Safe travels.

  8. Thanks for sharing it is a nice little town and the people we encountered were all friendly. Unfortunately, like so many little towns so many downtown store fronts are empty and there are a lot of homes that are in need of repair.

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