Posted by: Cross Country Couple | November 3, 2010

Day 48 … Red Rock Canyon State Park

Last night, we stayed at a rest area along Route 40. As we crossed the border from Texas into Oklahoma, we saw signs for a welcome center with free coffee a few miles down the road. The guide suggested we check out the Red Rock Canyon State Park and possibly the Route 66 National Museum. The first attraction on our route was the museum. We checked out the lobby, but decided to save ourselves the $4 and skip the rest of the museum.

We continued eastbound for another hour or so before stopping at the Red Rock Canyon State Park. In Oklahoma, all state parks are free for day use. This canyon is a small park surrounded by 10-40′ red rock walls on either side. The main road continued 1 mile into the park to a campground. We took a short walk up the side of the canyon and around the rim to stretch our legs. Along the way, we noticed a small foot long snake with black diamond markings along its back. We snapped a few photos before carefully maneuvering our way around him. Back at the car, we found a picnic area and cooked up some brats for lunch. Before continuing our tour of the park, we took advantage of the coin operator showers. Our last stop in the park was a short nature walk through the reeds and ponds at the entrance of the canyon.

In hopes of making it to Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park by tomorrow (just in time to search the field after a rain storm) we decided to drive through the night tonight. We stopped at a Circle K and picked up two delicious coffees. After a few more hours of driving, we stopped in at the Riverwind Casino to break up the drive. A few more coffees and a few welcomed dollars later, we were back on the road. We pulled into a Wal-Mart around 6:00 AM, just in time to get a quick 2 hour nap before heading to the diamond mine.

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