October 2011

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October 2011

Grove, Oklahoma is in the far northeast corner of the state. The area is dominated by Grand Lake o' the Cherokees and is a popular recreation area. We stayed at Cedar Oaks RV Resort and joined twenty-nine other Tetoner couples for the annual TCI Rally.
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 Grand Lake at Sunset
Our view of Grand Lake
Nightly happy hour
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Jeanie, Joey and Barry on dinner cruise

Every once in a while we stumble on an interesting place we’ve never heard of. That happened to us in Natchitoches, Louisiana. We just happened to stop near there on our way from Dallas to Baton Rouge. Natchitoches (nak-ə-təsh) was settled in 1714 and is the oldest permanent settlement within the boundries of the Louisiana Purchase (1803). The town is located along a 35-mile long lake, formed when part of the Red River changed course. It is now known as Cane River Lake. Natchitoches is the home of the oldest general store in Louisiana, Kaffie-Frederick, founded in 1863, and located on Front Street.

Front Street in  Natchitoches
Downtown Natchitoches
Decorations along the Cane River Lake

Of course, being in Louisiana, there are plantations to tour.

Oakland Plantation 1821, now Cane River Creole National Park
We stopped in Pensacola to get new driver's licenses and register to vote. Though we sold our house in central Florida, we want to keep our FL residency, so we use a mailing service in Pensacola and claim it as our home base. 

While there we visited the National Naval Aviation Museum at the Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Blue Angels on display

Tom and A3. Tom was part of the flight crew for this type of plane in Vietnam.
We met up with our friends, Faye and Andrew, in Franklin, North Carolina. Franklin is gemming country with many gem shops and mines. The weather, as well as the leaves, were changing, but we managed to enjoy a campfire every night.
Fall colors in North Carolina
Faye, Jeanie and Tom
Faye and Andrew


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