A NEW BEGINNING 2015: Mountains, Cobblestone and Lavender

medicine creek    Last week Hubby and I went to the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma.  Recently retired we had the opportunity to travel when we wanted, where we wanted.  I loved the scene from the top of Mount Scott mount scott    and the animal reserve in the area. Every time you rounded the corner on a winding road, there was another lake.  I had no idea there was that much water in the area.  We had a small confrontation with a long horned cow who thought we didn’t belong on her reserve.  But finally a honk turned her around before her horn scraped down the side of my new car.

We stayed in a cute little cobblestone cabin with an L-shaped screened-in porch complete with daybed and three ceiling fans.     porch med parkIt was small but had everything we needed.  Many lawns had metal art and there were quaint walking bridges wherever you needed to go.  moose Med Park    However, we should have checked more carefully, because there were a lot of businesses not open in the middle of the week.

The Medicine Creek was once considered a mystic place by the Native Americans who lived there.  The creek itself was thought to have healing powers and the round cobblestones also were considered magic.  What was truly amazing was the camaraderie of the town’s people who gathered to clean up the bathing area after a recent flood and the obvious pride they took in their community. You don’t get that in most large cities.

The little town of Meers is known for the Meers Burger restaurant and store.  My husband wanted to take me because he had been there on a “guy’s trip” once before.  We tried twice.  They are closed on Tuesday and also Wednesday.  There is more than one sign on the outside of the building.  We should have called, but we drove their twice and never could not get in.

On the way home we drove through Apache to check out Lavender Valley Acres. This home-grown farm produces all kinds of lavender, peacocks and also a small gift store.  I brought home a lavender plant to take the place of the one that died last winter and some garlic for my herb garden.

The dog wasn’t too happy not being at home.  We took her with us because she loves to ride in the car.  New places to sleep at night – not so much.  She hardly ate.  Next time we’ll leave her home.

It was a relaxing three days and I’d like to go back.  Maybe next time I could see a few more places that were closed. Check out Medicine Park, Oklahoma in the Wichita Mountains near Lawton, and do it on the weekend. http://www.medicinepark.com

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About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, three-time published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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