Saturday, June 26, 2010

The 335 Mile Journey from southeast Oklahoma to southeast Kansas

It was a long day.  We departed from the Corp campground in Oklahoma at 7:15 this morning and arrived  within a quarter mile of our new Army Corp of engineers Campground on Fall River Lake -- 70 miles east of Wichita, KS at about 2:15 pm.  It only took us about 90 minutes to go the last quarter mile.  There is a story here.

I've commented before about how notorious the Corp of Engineers if about giving bad directions to their campgrounds.  This time they did it with a new twist.
The camp is divided in East and West segments joined by a rather old bridge with a weight limit of 9 tons.  We weigh 17 tons.  We've been over bridges that were rated for 15 tons, but we had no desire to bring the bridge down and spend the rest of our lives working to pay off the damages. Their directions took us to the  camp at Dam Site East.  We found the camp host there, but he did not give us very clear directions to reach Dam Site West on the other side of the bridge where we had a site reserved.  So off we went with me driving Moose and Sandy leading the way with the Honda.  The gravel road was sooo dry and dusty that I let her get at least 3 blocks ahead of me.  After several "blind alleys" we decided the safest thing for me to do was pull off the main highway and wait while she went and found the way to the West Dam Site.  Ninety minutes after we left the East campground we finally pulled into our new home for the next five days. By this time we had been on the road close to 9 hours.  Our new camp site is exactly 1/4 miles from where this picture was taken.

In the next day or two I'll do a show and tell about the location.  It is very green and lush.

Stay tuned.


  1. I don't think I've heard or read of anything that can top this one. Sure hope the campground is beautiful and worth the trip. Also hope you're relaxing today.

  2. Wow, that was a long 1/4 mile!! Looking forward to those pics to see if it was all worth the trip. LOL I will say...that is a nice looking bridge! Maybe worth exploring in the car one day. :)

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)