Back to Texas

CAMPGROUND: Denison Dam Army Corps of Engineers. Not as nice as most ACOE campgrounds. Very old. Unpleasant pit toilets. Beyond horrible showers – someone deposited something supper gross (use your imagination) on the shower floor that I stepped in! Firepit and picnic table. Electricity and water at sites. But – only $11/night. 2 stars out of 5
LOCATION: Denison, Texas, in far northeast corner of state. Across the river from Oklahoma
WEATHER: Rain, then torrential rain. Hot. High 89

I walked along the gravel roads around the Arkansas brewery where we stayed last night through Harvest Hosts.. The owner was at the brewery working on a construction project. He encouraged me to hike down to a cottage he rents as an AirB&B, on the lake. It was quite nice, but I had to wade through the tall, wet grass.

Then, on the road again. We took a scenic route through part of the Ozark Mountains. We passed showcase houses, then real hillbilly shacks. Most of the day was light rain.

Crossing in to Oklahoma, we stopped at the Visitors’ Center for a picnic lunch. Then, the clouds rolled in and we were hit by torrential rains, again the kind that you cannot see through. We saw several cars in the ditch. Very nerve-wracking kind of driving.

We went all across Oklahoma, from the NE to the SW, and over to Texas. Our destination was a state park near Denison, Texas, but we saw this ACOE campground and decided to stay here instead (cheaper). It was raining so hard that most of the sites were under water. We could not read the signs through the rain, so we weren’t sure where we were.

We just sat in the truck for awhile, gazing at all the water. Finally, between downpours, we unhooked and got settled in. The rain soaked in enough so that we could back into our gravel site. We are here because I read somewhere that Denison is a cute town. We will explore it tomorrow, even though more of these thunderstorms are predicted.

Our site is right on Lake Texoma (border of Texas and Oklahoma) and next to the ACOE dam. It is pretty (when it stops raining).

We have electricity, so we turned on the A/C to dry things out, and to try to watch a bit of PBS.

KARMEN’S KITCHEN TIP: I use this dish pad when I dry the dishes. I hang it up while we are traveling, so that it can dry out. The Airstream’s color scheme is light beige, aluminum, and brown countertops. To liven things up, I am using aqua (teal) highlights as accessories, like the drying pad.

The same color combo is on the couch, with these pillowcases I bought in Thailand as a souvenir. (The elephant is a teal color, too)

The teal theme continues with my dishcloths – hanging on oven door….

More teal on the napkins I bought in Mexico and matching dishes.

And, my latest purchase – a rug that ties in the beige and teal colors.

That is about it with my decorating! I am not too creative

DINNER: Leftover frozen summer squash. To it, I added tomatoes, onions, green peppers, red spicy peppers, and garlic. I topped it off with Parmesan.

Our friends in Iowa gave us a bunch of vegetables from their garden that we are happily eating up.

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