We left Joplin, MO at about 9:30 this morning. It was bright and sunny but cold at 46F (8C). We had to travel through Tulsa and Oklahoma City this time but we made the trip in about 4 hrs. 15 min. arriving at Lake El Reno RV Park (owned by the city of El Reno, OK) at 1:45 p.m.
By the way before we left the Joplin KOA I took a photo of their picnic tables. They look like half a picnic table actually but when it's folded up, it's a bench! Anyway, thought they were cute.
Gordon gets the credit for finding this campground. It's a nice little park on the lake but only has 30 amp service. The good news is that it's $10/night! Since I've been complaining about paying $34 & $36/night lately this is a welcome change. The bad news is that the dump station is way out of the way through the golf course at the other end of the park. We had to go to the Chamber of Commerce to find out where it was.
We could have gotten a site with a view of the lake from our back window but we had pulled into this spot and we were level so decided to stay here. Lucky we did as after we were set up there was a kid screaming from the area we had looked at. We have a nice view from our living room side window though.
When we got here I called Palo Duro Canyon and was assured that they weren't that busy and we could get a site for a week probably in the Mesquite campground. They don't reserve a particular site for you, just assure you of a site somewhere in the park. We're due to arrive there tomorrow. YEAH! I'm so looking forward to being there. Hope I'm not disappointed!
After we got set up we took a drive into town and Gordon got some photos of the grain elevators. He has this fixation for grain elevators for some reason. There's not a lot to see in the town but it does date back to 1829 so it was kind of interesting for anyone who likes history (not moi).