After saying goodbye to Big Bend we went to Davis Mountain State Park. Normally visitors come here to attend the star parties at the observatory. Since we had star parties galore at BBNP we focused our time on bird watching and had some success to observe the beauty of Humming Birds and juvenile Red Tailed Hawks.
Would you expect to find Little Sahara in Texas? Well this State surprised us again with a park that is nestled into a large industrial area and gives you the feeling of being in North Africa. See for yourself (too bad that I cannot express the heat in images).
Lake Colorado City State Park was our next stop. We enjoyed the nature trails along the lake and explored nearby Colorado City. This city must have had better times looking at the theater and the hotel. We still could feel the flair of this community when it was a vibrant city.
Imagine a campground on the bottom of the largest canyon in Texas and the second largest canyon in the US. Well, look no further and join us at Palo Duro State Park. The views were breathtaking, the hike to the Lighthouse was scenic overload. The musical Texas, which is played by art students from around the State, was a priceless bonus. Texas, we will miss you!
Crossing the state line into Oklahoma heading for the Wichita Mountains as the next destination. Wonderful rolling hills, Medicine Park as a quaint little village, a well done visitor center at the Wildlife Refuge, free roaming bisons and longhorns, and the surprise of the Holy Town. Nestled into the landscape of the Wichita Mountains. It is the scenery of an annual passion play and Easter celebration.
Further heading east to Sulphur, OK. Stayed at the Buckhorn Campground of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Enjoyed a walk along Little Niagara and through Sulphur. The Chickasaw Nation invested into a modern hotel, casino, art and visitor center and does make this area thrive.
Beavers Bend State Park was our next destination. It felt almost like being back to Big Bend when we went through the 180 degree tuns towards the Visitor Center. Did some hiking and enjoyed the beautiful views above Broken Bow Lake.
Love Lake Ouachita. A beautiful place to relax and still having Hot Springs close by. Was not too sure about what to expect when heading into Hot Springs. All of a sudden this diamond of an old town beauty opened up in front of us. Bathhouse row takes us many decades back and the hot springs are hot as can be. We could imagine well dressed couples walking along the promenade heading for their favorite bathhouse and being greeted by the friendly staff. Good Night and Good Luck at Lake Ouachita made the day complete.
Some more days on the road and we will reach our final destination: Norfolk National Fish Hatchery. Thank you for following us on our trip.