Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Red Rock Canyon Vacation Day 4

April 20, 2011

My entry yesterday made mention of a phone call, of which I was pretty vague. Well, some of today’s happenings will also be vague or “nonexistent.” It relates to something that I’m just not ready to mention yet.

After some walking around the park today, we went into Oklahoma City to get ourselves a portable waste tank. While ours is a Thetford, it is grey in color instead of being blue. So, we have a “Grey Boy” instead of a “Blue Boy.” I just liked the features of the Thetford better than the Barker. The Tote and Store wasn’t even available, so we went with the one 27 gallon Thetford with the built in hose.

I had done some online research and didn’t like hearing of some of the issues that some had experienced with the Barker. The Thetford was almost twice as much, but I think that for us, it will be a better deal. Unfortunately, with what all else was going on today, using the Grey Boy will need to wait until tomorrow.

Not needing to show you all a picture of the “Grey Boy”, to finish out today, I’ll again just post some more pictures. After all, I don’t think I took one photograph myself today, so I’ll have to just give you some from other days.

This first one is taken from our campsite.  If you look closely, you can see two campers in front of us.  Both of those are in pull-through sites with 50 Amp and water.  Also, each of the pull-throughs, while close to the road, are spaced apart pretty well.


This next one is of the California Campground.  It has roughly 8 to 10 different sites, fairly close together and on opposite sides of the road.  The tree on the ground was moved soon after this photo was taken.  The park personnel were cleaning out some trees, which were to be moved further down this road and past a barrier gate.


One of several picnic site areas.  There were about 4 or 5 areas for RV’s and most of these other areas were for tents or day use.


Of the five pull through sites, this one with the concrete pad was designated as a handicapped site, however, when faced with a popular weekend, it is allowed for non handicapped people.  But, I would guess that if someone came in that was handicapped, anyone in the site that wasn’t might would have to move.


The last of the pull through sites.  Just a little further down the road is the area where the “in canyon” dump station is located.  There is also one near the park office up on top.  This one has a close “P” trap, making it look like it is nearly full when used.


Another of the picnic sites with the red rock wall in the background.  When Eric (our youngest son) and I came over here a couple of years ago to take photos, we weren’t too impressed because the trees and grass hadn’t greened up.  It is a really nice place when green.


One of several shelters for group activities.  This one is one of the most isolated ones.  Parking is on one side of the stream and the shelter is on the other side.


Another meadow where tent camping can be done.  In addition, I think the red wall to the left is one of the rappelling areas.  Most of the week we had few people in the park during the day.


Ah, the good old dump station to the left of that circle with the trees.  This is the one with the close “P” trap.  When people went to use it, there would be water visible fairly close to the top, making them think it was full.  This is the one where I pulled the Grey Boy in order to empty it.


Another of the day use group sites.


This RV site area is the only one with sewer hookups.  They also have 50 Amp electric like the pull through sites.  The fifth wheel to the left is one for one of the park workers (I think) and there are 4 or 5 sites at this location.  Out of sight to the left is another area where RV’s can hook up to water and 30 Amp electric.


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