Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Winstar World Casino, Thackerville, OK

We left Oswego Monday morning and headed to Grand Lake.  We had not stayed in Bentley for over a month and decided we would stay here a couple of days before heading to the fall Heartland Rally in Thackerville, OK later in the week.

As many of you know I started following several blogs of different RV'ers in 2013 prior to our retirement.  We have learned so many things from these blogs and have heard about many places we hope to visit in the future.  Around March of 2013 a website was announced that is to help RV'ers connect with each other in order to meet up on the road, caravan together, meet others of like minds, etc. and is called RVillage as in "our village".  After looking at it for a month or so I finally joined the end of March 2014.  During this time I have become friends with several other RV'ers.  We have not had the pleasure of meeting any of them yet but recently we made arrangements to meet up with a couple who live at Grand Lake but travel part-time like us.  Our plans were to have dinner on Tuesday evening.  Unfortunately they had to cancel due to a medical issue.  We were really disappointed but things happen and hopefully we can reschedule a meet up next time we are back at Grand Lake.

Tuesday morning Dean was in the mood for eating breakfast out.  So we headed to our favorite cafe, Ms. Donna's.  I love their french toast and could not pass it up this morning.  Dean had his regular eggs, sausage, hash browns and wheat toast.  There was a large group of women having LOTS of fun in the back.  Dean wondered if the wife of a friend of his might be part of the group as they had mentioned the men from their church have breakfast on Monday's at Ms. Donna's and the women met on another morning.  As Dean went to pay I told him I was going to see if our friend's wife was in the group.  I immediately spotted her and went back to say hi.  I told her I wondered if she was back there with so much uproar taking place.  Everyone got a good laugh out of that.

We are always looking at places on Grand Lake - dreaming of possibly living there one day.  Not sure it will ever happen, but we never tire of looking.  We set out to go look at a place we had heard about. As usual, after we looked at it we decided this was not the one.  It had a great boat dock but the house itself just needed too much work for us for the price.

When we returned to the Bernice area, we ran by to see Dean's friend (whose wife I mentioned earlier), who was a former co-worker.  He sure hated it when Charlie retired.  We had a great visit with them.  I had made a pot of taco soup before we left home so that was dinner tonight.  Was pretty good too I might add.

Wednesday morning we got around and left for Checotah, OK where we planned to spend the night at Onapa Campground.  Dean had chosen this campground as a half way point from Grand Lake to Thackerville.  Checotah happens to be the home of Carried Underwood - Winner of American Idol 2005.  This is the first year I began watching American Idol and I was taken with her amazing voice and knew she would be the winner that year.  I thought it was kind of interesting we stayed in her hometown to watch the County Music Awards, that she hosted with Brad Paisley that night.

We ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant for dinner.  It was pretty good.  We really wanted Chinese but after looking at the menu at the local Chinese restaurant we decided we would wait until a different stop for that choice.

The CMA's were great as usual and one of my favorite singers "Vince Gill" was recognized for his musical talents.  What a great musician he is.

This morning we left Checotah about 9:00 and headed to Thackerville.  Quite a name for a town isn't it.  Not sure where the name came from - something to research, I guess.  We arrived at about 12:30 at the check-in office.  Hmmm.  Come to find out someone seemed to have made an error in the date we were supposed to arrive.  Seems our reservations was for Wednesday - not Thursday and they had cancelled our reservation.  Fortunately they had plenty of room as we were reassigned a spot.  The downside it was not with the rest of our group, but it wasn't too far away.  I don't know what it is about retirement that I can't seem to keep dates and times straight anymore.

Shortly after we got the RV unhooked from the truck, one of the Heartland group stopped by to tell us they were having hot dogs for dinner tonight.  Seems one of the group had a bunch of hot dogs left over from an event they recently held and was donating them.  Super.  They had a greet and meet at 2:00 so we headed to the meeting room after we had a quick bite to eat.

Most of the people we met in April at Durant, OK was present.  One gentleman, Jay is the Central Region Director for Heartland and he works with a number of states in this region (of which Kansas is a part of).  Currently Kansas does not have a state director and he has been talking to Dean and I about starting up a Kansas Chapter.  We are thinking of it but are undecided at the moment.  We plan to visit with other chapter leaders and look into the number of Kansas owners before making a decision.

Following dinner tonight, we made a quick Wal-mart run so I could make something for the pot luck dinner we will have on Friday evening.  I will be making corn dip and no-bake cookies.

Well, that it is for tonight.  It's 9:46.  It's been a long day and I'm really tired.  Hope we sleep well tonight.  The one thing about an RV at least you have your own bed with you no matter where you go. I love that!


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