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 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.