I just returned from an interesting visit to McCurtain County, Oklahoma, and, as promised, here are the challenge entries I missed.
day 23: intro to broken bow
Broken Bow, Oklahoma was quite the cultural experience; it also impressed me with the beauty of its forests, fields, and jet stream skies.
day 24: sketchbook entries
There’s always a little time at the end of the day for some sketching, especially in the late summer heat, and James Gurney’s blog was a great inspiration on this trip.
day 25: forest heritage center
The Forest Heritage Center and Museum is part of Beavers Bend State Park: the dioramas and the amazing woodturning art displayed in the gallery were my favorite parts.
day 26: chicken shack
The Chicken Shack is a family and community gathering place on property that has been in the Silvey name for four generations.
day 27: the real book about mountain climbing
This delightful little find was one of hundreds of books from the family collection that I helped sort and donate to local charities. It was written by William B. McMorris and illustrated by Albert Orbaan.
day 28: the silvey collection
I couldn’t choose between the many, many special family objects that I came across on this trip: here’s a very, very small selection.
day 29: more beavers bend state park and broken bow lake
This lake caused heartbreak and growth in McCurtain County: always a blessing and a curse, it seemed. Beavers Bend was also the second home of Kristi Silvey, a beloved park ranger and wildlife lover, whose live snakes, flying squirrels, owls and more delighted park visitors from 1980 to 2004.