What do you do when you want a garden, but have critters everywhere? This is our solution and so far, no critters have quite figured out what treasures lie inside. Big thanks to my husband for not laughing at my idea, and taking my (detailed, maybe too detailed) sketches and turning them in to a reality. Next year I plan to expand the garden and use electric wire to surround it, but keep treasures like tomatoes and melons in this raised garden. All supplies purchased at Home Depot.
After our stay at Lake Murray State Lodge, we drove (about an hour) to Durant to the Choctaw Casino and Resort. It has a great kids area, with a bowling alley, arcade, laser tag, food court, and movie theater. There are also a couple pools, with a family pool and an indoor pool. I highly recommend renting one of the cabanas at the pool area. Inside there is a 'fridge, a fan, and an air conditioner. The cabana rental is half price in the middle of the week. And, as with all great pools, they will deliver nachos to you. A must.
Pro tip: stay in the spa tower. The rooms are smaller, but newer than those in the 'grand tower.' The rooms in the grand tower smell like cigarettes, or at least that was our experience. When the bell hop took us to our room, it smelled like someone had smoked in there about five minutes before we arrived. They then moved us to the spa tower, where all they had left was a king bed disabled accessable room-- this meant our shower was not as fancy, but did make hosing kids down a lot easier. HA! Oh, and we all had to sleep in the same bed-- but everyone was so absolutely worn out from swimming and the sun, so this was no problem.
I did not go to the spa, as the whole point was to spend time with the kiddos, but it did look fancy and serene. Maybe a future girls trip?!??
There are many, many, many food options inside the hotel itself, no need to leave. All-in-all a good experience. If it was a smoke free environment, it would have been a great experience...but, then again they make a lot more money of vices than families, so I get it.
This one was a bit of a drive, but I have to say it was my favorite of our Oklahoma road trips thus far. We stopped at Sunnyside Diner before we left town. It was super yum. As far as Salina's Blue Hole Park, I recommend going when it is REALLY hot because the water is ice cold. Also, bring water shoes because the rocks might be sharp on the kiddos feet. But, the water is crystal clear spring water, sooooo refreshing.
Things to note: there is a per car charge to get in the park. I think it was $12, but I cannot remember exactly. Portapotties are the only bathroom choice. There is a concession stand, but only things like hotdogs, chips, candy, coke...
Photos all shot on film with the exception of 4 iPhone photos. No edits, just fun.
We lurve Guthrie. Just a quick 15 minute drive from our house and a totally different world. On the first Saturday of the month (through October?) they shut down downtown Guthrie for Red Brick Nights. There are food trucks and bands and families. Soooooo fun! We happened to go on the 3rd of July, so there were also FIREWORKS. The next day we went over to friend's houses to swim. And I threw in a pic of Harvey with his awesome swim instructor, Tiffany Rains.
All images shot on Walmart's finest Fuji Superia film with my handy dandy Canon Sure Shot A1. A great waterproof point and shoot for when I want to relax and not think about apertures.