Tuesday, May 11, 2010

camping trip

gerty
Gerty hanging out in the cabin's screened patio in the back.

Junior, Gerty, and I went fishing and camping (well, cabining, really) last week at McGee Creek State Park near Atoka, Oklahoma. A couple of friends joined us, and it was really nice to get out of the city for a little while. We stayed in a neat little cabin by the lake for several nights. Here are some of a billion pictures I took. Gerty had so much fun! I'm so glad we had the opportunity to take her with us. The boys caught a few fish but threw them back. We brought plenty of food and had awesome breakfasts, carne asada, hamburgers, and of course, sandwiches instead.

Sunday the three of us took the hour or so trip south to Hugo, Oklahoma, which was practically in Texas. We stopped at Mt. Olivet Cemetery to see Showmen's Rest, a section dedicated to circus performers and workers. I had read about this place for the first time on one of my favorite websites ever, Roadside America, probably 10 years ago, and I knew if I ever found myself in that area of the state, I'd have to check it out. The site has since done a story on the cemetery (they call it "Showman's Rest" for some reason; it used to just be a user submitted tip!). We didn't go to Paris, but if we had, I wonder if we would have been able to find the Jesus Wearing Cowboy Boots.

More Showmen's Rest and camping pictures on Flickr if you just have to see them!

lisa and gerty
Lisa and Gerty posed on a rock

junior and gerty
Gerty and Junior fishing

dog burrito
How to warm up a cold dog

fire
Fire!

junior fishing
Oh look, Oklahoma does have trees!

gerty
Gerty loves camping!

showmen's rest in mt olivet cemetery

showmen's rest in mt olivet cemetery
Showmen's Rest in Hugo, OK - "Big John" Strong

showmen's rest in mt olivet cemetery
Showmen's Rest in Hugo, OK - "Big John" Strong

showmen's rest in mt olivet cemetery
Showmen's Rest in Hugo, OK - Jack B. Moore

showmen's rest in mt olivet cemetery
Showmen's Rest in Hugo, OK - "Los Latinos" - Herbert "The Great Huberto" Weber & Maricela Weber

showmen's rest in mt olivet cemetery
Showmen's Rest in Hugo, OK - William "Buckles" & Barbara Woodcock & Anna May, one of his elephants.

Buckles has a blog of circus history! Anna May is deceased, but the other two are not, I am pretty sure. This marker was amazing and almost holographic. How do they do that?

In another section of the cemetery, we spotted this sweet inscription:

mt olivet cemetery
A sewing machine!

gerty waiting patiently
"Let's get out of here. This is kinda creepy!"

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