Day 116 – Cherokee Country Part 2

Day 116 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

What a glorious and educational day! With the morning calm, the lake’s choppy waters turned so smooth that the mirror like surface reflected images of the dam and spillway in the glistening sun. We spent a leisurely morning at the campground boiling water for coffee and oatmeal and just enjoying the peace of birds chirping and woodpeckers tapping on trees. It was one of the first mornings on my entire adventure that I wasn’t baking hot, freezing cold, or waving mosquitoes away! It was definitely a day for a lawn chair and sunglasses.

sunset at tenkiller state park

Day 115 – Cherokee Country

Day 115 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

I set off from Dallas for the third time since beginning my road trip last September. My mom asked, “Do you want me to take a picture of you leaving again?” I figured that drill has been captured, so Petey and I left without smiling for the camera. I had to re-route my trip in order to keep some confirmed dates with friends and to stay out of the cold as much as possible this upcoming fall.

It took me almost four hours to reach Gore, Oklahoma, the beginning of our new journey. I must admit, it was a lonely drive. For the last several weeks during my father’s illness and ultimate death, I have been surrounded by friends and family. Many times I had breakfast, lunch, and dinner plans all on the same day.

sunset point ouachita mountains oklahoma

Day 1 – Traveling the Talimena Scenic Byway

Day 1 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways


Nine hours and 260 miles later I have arrived at my campsite for the night in Queen Wilhelmena State Park in the Ouachita Mountains.  What a day!  My mom, Bart and Gabby wished me goodbye around 8 this morning, and I spent the rest of the morning driving to Talihina (Indian for iron road), Oklahoma (Indian for red people) to start my first scenic drive, the Talimena Scenic Byway.  Long drives are always good for random thoughts, interesting radio shows, and unique billboards to say the least.