Sunday, January 17, 2010

Beavers Bend

Susan and I spent Thursday through Saturday down at Beavers Bend State Park way down in the far southeast corner of Oklahoma, near Broken Bow. The weather was grey and damp but we had a relaxing time and took some nice photos in spite of the weather. I will post some of them over the next few days. Of course Smokey had a nice time.

From Tulsa it is about a 3 hour drive to Beavers Bend. We drove down Thursday afternoon and rented a little cabin in the woods. The terrain here is hilly and the roads wind through pine forests. It lies in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains of southwestern Arkansas and northwestern Louisiana. The elevation varies from 275 Feet to 2600 feet as you prowl around the hills. The land is a mix of Oklahoma State Park, National Forest Service, and Weyerhaeuser wood products. This is very different country than we are accustomed to around Tulsa. Oklahoma has a surprisingly diverse variety of geologies within its borders.

At the park office is a visitors center, museum and gift shop. This large totem was carved out of a 450 year old Bald Cypress by artist Peter Toth. The plaque at the base tells the story.


Joan Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

I'm looking forward to the photos. You might has guessed I rather like nature and landscape.

Three Rivers, Michigan said... [Reply to comment]

Ha! That's a nifty puzzle -"super easy", just my speed!

Nice looking park. What is the elevation there?
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Nice to share the place you visited. I look forward to seeing the others pics.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, better be sober to drive this road!

National Parks are one thing I want to visit in the USA. Cities like NY and LA are very famous, and we tend to forget the States are still a relatively "wild" place.

Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

Nice pictures. I love that totem pole. I have a picture of my Father, Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law, Sweetie, and SuperPizzaBoy sitting at that picnic table to the left of the totem pole during a nice sunny Fall day during a family outing there.

Snowcatcher said... [Reply to comment]

That totem pole is wonderful. I'm enjoying your photos of the northwest!