Wednesday, April 8, 2015
It's hard to believe that we attended the Oklahoma Heartland Rally here in Durant, OK just one year ago. Dean and I have discussed how much quicker time seems to pass since we've retired and here is another example. We really enjoy attending this rally and have met some really great people. So glad we are part of the Heartland group. We still love our 5th wheel and while everyone can find something they might like to change, we feel it still meets our needs very well. It seems the more we use it, the more I find ways to utilize the space better. We love the openness of it and the views we have available to us from the large windows in it.
We left home on Wednesday, April 8 about 7:18 a.m. and arrived here in Durant at the Choctaw RV Park at 12:36 p.m. That's pretty good time considering we made at least 3, maybe 4 stops. You can count on me to make almost an hourly stop while on the road. Dean is always understanding and I do appreciate it! We fought a south wind all the way and had one of our worse travel days for mpg - only 8.9. They are calling for storms here later this evening and again tomorrow. (Update: We never received any significant weather, only a few rain drops and lots of wind).
We got set up pretty quickly and had a quick lunch. There were no planned activities for today, however a number of members had arrived and continued to arrive as the day went by. We visited with several throughout the afternoon. The RV Park provides a coupon for a buy one/get one free breakfast at the casino. Seven couples decided we would meet tomorrow morning at 9:30 and take the shuttle over to take advantage of this perk. Wednesday night is "American Idol" one of our favorite shows. We decided we would run into town and grab something quick to bring back. We've always liked Long John Silver's. We rarely eat it so we decided to order from there. It was not as good as we remembered. Ha! Maybe that is a good thing as I think I had three days of calories, fat, carbs, etc!!, so now I have to be as good as possible the rest of the week.
As we left the RV Park to head into town we seen this old one lane overpass bridge to allow passage of rail cars. I thought it was interesting and thought I would share.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
We got up and got around this morning and at 9:15 we had a knock on the door to see if we were going to breakfast. Yep - we were almost ready. We made it to the clubhouse just as the shuttle pulled up. That was about 9:30. We left the restaurant at 11:00. The food was pretty good but service was definitely slow. We also received $10 free play for each of us. We haven't made use of it yet but we will before we leave on Monday.
Today was a meet and greet at the clubhouse with cookies and coffee. Had some good visiting. The former Oklahoma Heartland Chapter leaders, Larry & Donna Keever, asked us to join them and several others for dinner at the Main Street BBQ in Durant. This was a great place to eat. Dean had a combination plate of pulled pork and polish sausage with fried okra and macaroni cheese which he said was very good. I had the super baked potato with BBQ pulled pork. It was wonderful and so big I could only eat half of it. The rest will be my lunch for tomorrow.
Durant has horse statutes and sculptures located around their downtown area. I have not been able to determine what the background for this is but that are quite interesting, painted various colors. Here are a few pictures:
A few hours after we returned several of us gathered at one of the member's RV with our lawn chairs and visited for a couple of hours. We finally had to give it up as the temperatures began to drop.
Friday, April 10, 2015
So I always seem to have some wild story to tell, and this trip is no different. About 3:00 this morning Dean suddenly jumped out of bed which awakened me right away. I then noticed there was this loud roaring noise coming from Bentley. I jumped up too and we were both walking around trying to figure out what was going on. It sounded like it was coming from the bathroom. Of course we are half asleep and I'm wondering what type of thing could possibly be wrong with the toilet and would it blow up in my face while I was standing there. (Not a pretty picture and thankful it did not!) I walked out, down the stairs to the pantry closet and Dean was wondering around as well. We had not turned the heater on before going to bed, no that wasn't it. Dean was headed back to the bedroom to put on some clothes to investigate further and I'm standing at the bottom of the stairs leading to the bedroom when the noise started lessening and I then realized it was our built in vacuum system. Somehow it had came on in the night on it's own. Dean pulled the fuse and we headed back to bed. Unfortunately I never could go back to sleep and finally gave up at 4 a.m. Might be an early night for me!
I peeked out of the window this morning and the sun peeking over the clouds was really beautiful so here is a picture of it to share with you! God provides some awesome scenery for us, doesn't he?
Each morning the Chapter Leaders provide coffee and doughnuts at 8 am. Dean went up to visit. Since our potluck dinner is tonight I wanted to get a couple of things made and I needed to get ready as well. I made broccoli/cauliflower salad with bacon and cheddar cheese. I also made a cherry crisp but it didn't turn out quite as good as normal. I forgot to bring the butter I bought before leaving home. I only had tub butter and of course it didn't set up like real butter! But I stuck it under the broiler in the oven and it kind of crusted up and I think it will still be edible. Who knows maybe I'll like it better!
About the time I had things cleaned up from cooking and getting me prepared for the day, Dean returned and I left to go to the clubhouse for the Craft and Hobby share time. As you all know I am inept at sewing, crafts, etc. but I like to see what others are doing. There are some very talented folks here. Several are into quilting, making wool wall hangings, crochet, etc. Visiting afterwards several mentioned they would like to go downtown Durant to a few shops they have and I offered to be a driver if they needed one. I arrived back at Bentley right at noon, and promptly fixed us a quick lunch. I finished off my baked potato (which was every bit as good this time as it was last night) and Dean ate the last of the lettuce in a big salad.
At 2:30 we will head to the clubhouse to play sandbag baseball. This is so much fun. Dean and I were on the winning team last year so we are hoping to be repeat winners again this year. They divide the people into two teams by having each person draw a chip marked "A" or "B". This year Dean and I ended up on different teams. I was on the "A" team and he on the "B" team. The "A" team won and it was my best year yet as I hit three "three base" slots. So I now have two "winning" pins from past rallies. We really had a great time.
As I mentioned I offered to drive a group downtown and as it happened there was enough to fit in just one vehicle so we loaded up six women in our big blue truck and headed downtown Durant. We visited the quilt shop that had some gorgeous fabrics; a kitchen store that was fun to look through, but nothing quite screamed "buy me"; and then we stopped at the Goodwill store. One of the ladies was looking for some new wine glasses. She says she always buys them at Goodwill and usually does not pay more than 50 cents. Unfortunately she did not have any luck at this one. We arrived back at the park shortly before 5:00. We got around and headed to the clubhouse for a fish fry tonight. Yummy!!!!
We returned to Bentley about 9:30 after a great dinner with many potluck dishes. My salad was a hit as my bowl was empty and half of my dessert was gone. After dinner, we played a game, "Battle of the Sexes". We divided the men from the women and then we were asked a question based on the top 10 answers of various items. We kept a tally of who answered the most questions correctly and the women won by 3 points. Woo-hoo ladies!!!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
No surprises in the night and we both slept in this morning. It was after 6 before we finally pulled ourselves out of bed. Dean got around and headed to the clubhouse for coffee and donuts a little after 8. I washed dishes, got around, straightened Bentley, moved a few things around and I wanted to write on the blog this morning before we have hot dogs and the fixings at 11:30.
I was talking to our neighbor here last night, Donna Williams - or as Dean refers to her - Donna Not. That is a story in itself that I'll explain in a minute. Anyway she recently purchased a small hand crank washer and high speed spin dryer for her RV. She said she loved it and thought it would be so nice not having to go to the Laundromats while traveling. So this morning I visited my favorite shopping website - Amazon. I read reviews on both and I am quite impressed with them. I intend to visit with Donna more about them and check with her over the next several months before we begin our trip to see Matt and Megan in late summer/fall. If she continues to be as happy with it as she is now it might be on our "purchase" list before we leave.
Now the story of Donna Not. Last fall while we were at Thackerville, OK for the rally we met Donna Williams and her husband David for the first time at the potluck dinner the last night of the rally. There are now two Donna's we know at the rally. The chapter leader and his wife are Larry and Donna Keever. Donna Williams and I visited quite a bit about our travels, RV forums and RV Facebook pages, etc. I would think of something we had discussed and would mention to Dean that Donna said this or Donna mentioned that. Each time he would say which Donna? I would say not Donna Keever. After saying this a few times Dean began to refer to Donna Williams as Donna Not, in order to keep the two Donna's straight in his mind.
Last night we all loaded up in our big old heavy duty trucks to caravan into Durant's downtown area to one of the best steakhouses I've ever had the pleasure of eating at. K C Roadhouse Bar and Grill was a special treat. We really splurged on this meal but we were not in the least bit disappointed. I had the 7 oz. filet and Dean had the 12 oz. rib-eye. They were perfectly cooked.The flavor was amazing and oh my gosh mine just melted in my mouth. It's been along time since I've had a steak like this in a restaurant.
Once we returned to the RV park several of us went up and played the game LOGOS. We had a lot of fun and while our team did not win we stayed right with them - although we did have a slow start. There was a lot of laughing going on around that table.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
We got up and around earlier this morning so we could be sure to say goodbye to those who were leaving today. By the time the last ones left it was nearing 11:00. There was still food left in the clubhouse and those left (5 couples) will have a last meal together on the leftovers. Hot dogs with chili and the fixins', beans, fish, chips and cookies. It was almost as good this time as the original meal. So glad it kept me from cooking.
We still have our $10 free play to use at the casino so we are heading over there shortly to try our luck. We expect to be in and out of there in about 15-20 minutes but you just never know how the day will go. We rode the shuttle from the RV Park to the Casino with Jay and Stella Coffman. Stella did pretty good for starting with $10. Of course we did not win anything. We do not go expecting to but you can always wish huh? Neither of us used any of our funds so we had fun playing with the casino's money.
Not sure what we'll do for dinner but I'll find something to rustle up. Later we are going to get Jay and Stella and go for Dairy Queen ice cream. I'm not sure we've had DQ since last fall so it will be a real treat!
We head out in the morning, so stayed tuned for our next "Travels with Bentley"!