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Mary's Miscellanea: Summer vactions, road trip and more

Mary Phillips Modified: July 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm •  Published: July 29, 2013
• I miss vacations of old, when my parents and my sister would pack up the tent and camp out for weeks or just for a weekend.
My favorite place of all growing up was Platt National Park, now the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur.
It was, and still is, a perfect place for children, swimming, rock climbing and trails, all within walking distance, and, oh, the spring-fed creeks felt so good on a hot summer’s day.
Visit the Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s website at http://www.nps.gov/chic/index.htm
Travertine Creek flows over a man-made dam in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur.
Travertine Creek flows over a man-made dam in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur.
• This past weekend, there was no camping but an enjoyable day-trip with my sister, Martha, down to Cache, OK, to visit her daughter-in-law and my niece, Michelle Barton-Quickle.
The three of us decided a Meersburger was just what we needed for lunch.
So, off we went through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge where we saw one big bison and lots of longhorn cattle to the Meers store in Meers, home of the world-famous Meersburger. After a short wait in line, we enjoyed our Meersburgers and good conversation.
Late in the afternoon, we left Cache and drove to Fletcher for a visit with Gaylon and Therease Dacus of Circle of Dreams Alpaca Ranch and more great conversation.
Comanche County has enjoyed some good rains, and the ponds are full and the grass still green.
It was nearly 7 p.m. when I made it home, while Martha still had another hour on to her home in Seminole.
The Meers Store has a great website at http://www.meersstore.com/
Historic Meers Store serves giant hamburgers to hungry customers.  Staff Photo by Jim Argo
Historic Meers Store serves giant hamburgers to hungry customers. Staff Photo by Jim Argo
- I always hate it when I see the perfect photo op and I’ve left the camera at home.
This time I had the camera, but, because of construction and traffic, there was no place to park along the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, where there is the most amazing field of yellow sunflowers in full bloom.
The field was not an accident of nature but cultivated. We could see the crop rows.
According to Oklahoma State University researchers, growing sunflowers for oilseed is a relatively new idea.
You can find a wealth of information on sunflowers at the National Sunflower Association’s website at: http://www.sunflowernsa.com/
Large field of sunflowers just off SH 3 between Woodward and Seiling.
Large field of sunflowers just off SH 3 between Woodward and Seiling.
• 100 years ago
In 1913, if you were able to get away from the city heat, Colorado was the most popular destination judging by advertisements in The Oklahoman.
Glacier National Park and the lakes and parks of the northern United States were the summer destinations for many vacationers, and the railroads advertised many cool locations to visit by train.
You can see many vintage travel advertisements in The Oklahoman’s Archives available online at newsok.com/the-oklahoman-archives


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