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Talimena Scenic Drive
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Every year around this time people flock to the eastern part of Oklahoma to take the scenic route known as the Talimena Drive. 

I had never been and seeing that we could use a break from the political turmoil in the US right now, I loaded up my mom and brother to take the trip yesterday. I thought it would be nice to just zone out for awhile and look at some pretty trees together.

Somehow I didn’t realize it would take all day. The drive there was around three hours. We stopped once along the way at a casino for a bathroom break and to throw away twenty dollars. 

After what seemed like forever we finally made it to the place I’d heard so much about. Apparently so did everyone else. I couldn’t believe the amount of people there! There were cars parked everywhere along the side of the road with people out enjoying the scenery. Most of the parking areas for viewing were packed but I was able to find a few spots to park and take pictures.

I didn’t think the hills in Oklahoma were very high up, but as we went up into the mountains I noticed we were above the clouds. It was beautiful. The best part was most of the trip was in an area of bad cell service so we got to spend that time enjoying our time together before coming back to the real world.

It was around nine hours of driving but I would say it was worth it.

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We here in North Carolina have the 'Blue Ridge Parkway' 'the tail of the Dragon' 
My Daughter spent the last two weeks enjoying the scenery, it's about 150 miles from here  'home' and the colors were fabulous. She encountered a bit of sprinkles but it was intensly beautiful for her

And yes it does take All Day.... that's the beauty of getting fully re-charged and flushing the pedantic daily garbage from one's life. And Emerging "On Top of the World'
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(11-08-2020, 03:36 PM)PLOTUS Wrote: We here in North Carolina have the 'Blue Ridge Parkway' 'the tail of the Dragon' 
My Daughter spent the last two weeks enjoying the scenery, it's about 150 miles from here  'home' and the colors were fabulous. She encountered a bit of sprinkles but it was intensly beautiful for her

And yes it does take All Day.... that's the beauty of getting fully re-charged and flushing the pedantic daily garbage from one's life. And Emerging "On Top of the World'

I’ll bet it was beautiful. I’m glad she had a nice time.

The trees here hadn’t fully changed yet. I’m going to try talking my husband into going back with me in a few days when he’s off work. Maybe even stay a night before traveling back home. It was dark on my way back and there were deer everywhere. I barely missed hitting one.
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@VioletDove 

Wow.  That -does- look high for OK.

I've seen where the Great Plains meet the Rockies.  That is a spectacular rise in elevation.

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(11-08-2020, 04:09 PM)VioletDove Wrote:
(11-08-2020, 03:36 PM)PLOTUS Wrote: We here in North Carolina have the 'Blue Ridge Parkway' 'the tail of the Dragon' 
My Daughter spent the last two weeks enjoying the scenery, it's about 150 miles from here  'home' and the colors were fabulous. She encountered a bit of sprinkles but it was intensly beautiful for her

And yes it does take All Day.... that's the beauty of getting fully re-charged and flushing the pedantic daily garbage from one's life. And Emerging "On Top of the World'

I’ll bet it was beautiful. I’m glad she had a nice time.

The trees here hadn’t fully changed yet. I’m going to try talking my husband into going back with me in a few days when he’s off work. Maybe even stay a night before traveling back home. It was dark on my way back and there were deer everywhere. I barely missed hitting one.
OH Gosh...... I hate Deer for that very reason. I have hit one to the tune of about $700, my Daughter also hit one. Bought a new car at her dealership, got her dream car, never the less, Oh I do NOT like Deer. Be Safe..... Night is Risky.
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@PLOTUS 

I try to think of it from the standpoint of the animals.

WE were the ones who introduced unnatural hazards into their biosphere.

With deer populations, only thing to do is to drive slowly.  Wild pigs are bad to hit as well.

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(11-08-2020, 04:34 PM)F2d5thCav Wrote: @VioletDove 

Wow.  That -does- look high for OK.

I've seen where the Great Plains meet the Rockies.  That is a spectacular rise in elevation.

Cheers
I was surprised. I’ve gone through the area before but never up in the mountains. When I think OK I usually think of the Arbuckle Mountains. Those are pretty but more like hills. I think that’s why the eastern part of OK is so pretty. I always wanted to find some property there. Jobs and family have kept us where we are at.

That must have been something to see. I went to Las Vegas, New Mexico once and the mountains there were amazing.
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Haha, yeah, the -other- Las Vegas.

All kinds of visual treasures out that way.  Been a long time since I was in New Mexico and Arizona.

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(11-08-2020, 04:39 PM)PLOTUS Wrote:
(11-08-2020, 04:09 PM)VioletDove Wrote:
(11-08-2020, 03:36 PM)PLOTUS Wrote: We here in North Carolina have the 'Blue Ridge Parkway' 'the tail of the Dragon' 
My Daughter spent the last two weeks enjoying the scenery, it's about 150 miles from here  'home' and the colors were fabulous. She encountered a bit of sprinkles but it was intensly beautiful for her

And yes it does take All Day.... that's the beauty of getting fully re-charged and flushing the pedantic daily garbage from one's life. And Emerging "On Top of the World'

I’ll bet it was beautiful. I’m glad she had a nice time.

The trees here hadn’t fully changed yet. I’m going to try talking my husband into going back with me in a few days when he’s off work. Maybe even stay a night before traveling back home. It was dark on my way back and there were deer everywhere. I barely missed hitting one.
OH Gosh...... I hate Deer for that very reason. I have hit one to the tune of about $700, my Daughter also hit one. Bought a new car at her dealership, got her dream car, never the less, Oh I do NOT like Deer. Be Safe..... Night is Risky.

We’ve learned to drive slower at night. My husband hit I think three deer in his old car. The front was messed up and the passenger side door would hardly open. It didn’t bother him though and he still drove it because he said as long as it was running he didn’t need a new one. My mom hit one leaving my house several years and totaled hers. 

There is a spot that they mostly cross and I slow way down when I get to that area.
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