After weeks of rain, on Sunday we enjoyed a crisp, clear, sunny day. After church we dropped by the house and picked up Smokey for a nice Sunday drive. We headed east on highway 51 to Tahlequah. About 80 miles south and east of Tulsa, Tahlequah became the capital of the Cherokee Nation in 1839 after the Trail of Tears, the forced migration of the Cherokee people from the state of Georgia. More about that in another post.
Just a few miles east of Tahlequah is the Illinois River. Just beyond that begin the foothills of the Ozark mountains. We drove to the river, than turned north and followed highway 10 along the river until we came to highway 412 which took us back to Tulsa. The leaves have just started to show their fall colors. It was a beautiful day for a drive and will be even more colorful in another week or two.
I love this country. I have been coming over here to hike, fish, camp, and canoe since I was a kid. East of here is Arkansas and the scenic Ozark Mountains.