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Hit the Road in Oklahoma


By Elaine Warner I Top: Mesas near Kenton.


Bottom: Cimarron Heritage Center, Boise City.


All photos by Elaine Warner 18 OKLAHOMA LIVING


f charity begins at home, tourism certainly should, too. Every corner and cranny of Oklahoma has something interesting to offer. Here’s a quick survey hitting some of


the highlights from the highest point in the high plains panhandle to the lowest elevation in the cypresses of the Southeast and a few suggestions from the Osage Hills to the Wichita Mountains. The perfect summer getaway or road trip can be right at your fingertips.


Panhandle Panorama


A 115-mile drive from Guymon to Kenton provides some of the Panhandle’s special pleasures. Shoot out of the chute in Guymon: the Pioneer Days celebration is the fi rst full weekend in May. The PRCA rodeo, the largest outdoor rodeo in Oklahoma, is the highlight of the festival and runs May 6-8. Pioneer Days activities are held on that Saturday and Sunday and include a parade, carnival and craft show.


Points of interest include Thompson Park and Sunset Lake, a 17-acre lake surrounded by a mile-long paved walk- ing path. Nearby at a game reserve, you may spot buffalo, longhorn cattle and other animals. For out-of-the-ordinary accommodations, make a res-


er vation at the Willows Inn Bed and Breakfast, owned by Tri-County Co-op members David and Marketta Kid well. Foodies consider Marla’s, with its signature green-chile


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