Just now I am preparing an introduction box for a student in Oklahoma to share my local customs and culture. I discovered that I have a wealth of information to share and a renewed pride in my State. I have really enjoyed planning and preparing this info box.
As I work on it I am reminded of how many people seem to think that we need to go somewhere else for vacations. I wonder how many vacationers really know their own area?
When my husband and I were first married we could only afford tent camping. So that’s what we did. We visited fishing and camping areas around our state and then did the same in 5 surrounding states and 2 Canadian provinces. We had so much fun, saw so many things and built so many memories in our “poverty” that I am now grateful that we could not be “hotel” vacationers.
We’ve been to the source of the North Platte River, Crazy Woman Campground, Que Apple Valley, Mr. Rushmore, and International Peace Gardens, and many more places. We have camped upscale with flush toilets and showers, and primitive with no toilet and lake or river water only. At one campground we had to fight the squirrels for our food. They even gnawed on my plastic storage containers.
I wonder how many other people go to lesser populated areas, especially now that we are older and possibly sicker and immunosuppressed. Or do you stay at home to keep yourself safer?