Daily Archives: April 27, 2017

Day 6 pm – Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge 

April 27 afternoon

After a brief stop for supplies, we headed to Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge.

We headed for the campgrounds and it took a bit to figure out the loops and campsites.

We saw turkeys in the first loop we drove through. No campers, just a cluster of male turkeys and a few females.

We wanted to be down by the lake, but there were limited sites with power. So we wound up in D loop which had nice flat spots with power and a little space between the campsites. It was in a scrub oak forest among the many trees.

It had gotten pretty warm, so I appreciated the trees to shade the camper.

Hopefully being a little further from the lake, we wouldn’t have any issues with bugs.

We spent a little time talking with a nice couple in big, classic American SUV. And then the wild turkeys came over. I grabbed my camera and we all followed them. There were five males and three hens. It was fascinating.

Once we had enough photos and our guests left, we walked up to the entrance to pay for our site.
By the way, when going to state and federal sites, it helps to have a checkbook. Most of the time you have to deposit it in correct amount, so unless you have exact change, you may be stuck overpaying.

We planned on taking the Little Brushy Trail after the stop at the Entrance Station. 

We reached a really beautiful section on some rocks with a great view of the lake, turtles and lots of wildflowers.

We spotted really dark clouds on the horizon.

After reaching a dam and beautiful canyon, we decided to head back to our campsite before it started to pour.

We reached our vehicle without any problem. We hung out for a while and the storm passed over without dropping any rain.

We had a nice quiet rest of the day. We saw more of the turkeys and some deer. The human neighbors weren’t particularly friendly. Everyone seemed to do their own thing.

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Day 6 am – Sulphur, OK

April 27 morning

We had kind of a late start. Our plan was to keep the distance pretty short again today. We picked out a destination before we left our campsite.

We decided on Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge near Fort Sill Military Reservation. We passed by the National Parks Visitor Center in Sulphur, the town next to the Chickasaw NRA (National Recreation Area). The building was a modern construction with the use of natural materials. We stopped to see if they had any info on our planned camping area. They didn’t.

The building in the background is the NPS Visitor Center

The town was attractive, so we took a walk down the main street. There was a really nice little park on the corner with a water feature, a number of appealing bronze sculptures and native plants.

We especially liked the Pileated Woodpecker incorporated into the water fountain and one of the wall plaques. We have a pair of them nesting by our house in NC.

After stopping there,  we walked along the main street. There were a number of antique shops obviously catering to the tourist crowd. I was surprised that several of them were open. After all, April isn’t exactly tourist season and we were visiting on a Thursday. We passed a dress shop with an elaborate strapless gown in the window.

As we kept going, the shops’ quality and condition decreased significantly. By the end, most of the storefronts were vacant or used for storage. Several of those storefronts were owned by the Billy Cook Harness & Saddle Manufacturing.

The horse coming out of the top of the building facade was fun.

Now that we had stretched our legs, we headed west to tonight’s stop.

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