From the back of a Harley Davidson motorcyle.
We took a long ride yesterday through the northwestern part of Oklahoma heading first to Okarche, then Kingfisher where we met our friends, Dede, a/k/a “Red” and John. They rode with us for the rest of the day. The morning started out refreshingly cool, but after we left Roman Nose State Park just north of Watonga, the weather turned sultry hot. Incidentally, Roman Nose State Park is named after Cheyenne Chief Henry Roman Nose, whose encampment was in this canyon of beautiful springs. The famous sign to the park, which I love, was based upon Chief Roman Nose’s face and features his famous war bonnet. On a personal note, the lodge was recently renovated by my niece who works for the Parks Department.
We “hiked” a very gentle rise to the falls. It being a holiday, children were playing everywhere in the falls and caverns. The pool, built during the WPA, is currently closed to replace the pump. We used to take our children to the pool during the hottest part of the summer. Being spring-fed, the water is very cold and refreshing on a 100F day.
Everywhere we traveled, I saw amber waves of hard, red, winter wheat. It is planted during winter because the crop needs a freeze to bloom. Because I’m gluten free, I don’t eat wheat of course, but it was nice to see the combines working as the farmers harvested what is supposed to be the best wheat crop farmers have had in recent years. From the motorcycle, I took this gorgeous picture of a field ripened in the sun. I noticed as we traveled that different farmers were growing different types of wheat. Some plants were more golden and shorter in stature, while others were taller and sunshine yellow. I didn’t want to make our friends stop so I could examine them more closely. All for another day.
We then went on to Canton Lake, and I bet you never expected a lake in Oklahoma to be this blue. Plus, it has sandy, ‘er gypsum beaches. I think we will be going back later this summer with a boat.
The pink, rock riprap you see at the edge of the highway is pink granite from the area. Granite and gypsum are both quarried nearby. Gypsum is used in sheetrock. After Canton Lake, we rode back to Kingfisher where we said good-bye to our friends until next time when we think we’ll go to the southeast part of the state. I can hardly wait.
See why I love my Oklahoma?