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Posted: 10/19/21 06:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks to all who take the time to read!

I have to confess, I was born and raised in OK, and lived more than half my life there till work took me to other nice places, but I don’t recall ever even hearing about the Great Salt Plains. My son told me he recalls going on a Scout camp-out there, but I’ve slept since then, so like a lot of other things……….poof. [emoticon]

Here’s a few other fun facts about OK:

The highest mountain in OK is in the Kiamichi range, way down in the southeastern part of the state. The Kiamichis, like all the mountain ranges in the Midwest, are ancient. They were as high as the Rockies at one time. The highest peaks reach 2500’ elevation, but they are not the highest points in the state.

The highest point in OK is 4973’ at Black Mesa, which is in the farthest northwestern tip of the panhandle very close to the CO state line. It has no distinct peak, and doesn’t even look like you’re at a high elevation. There is a marker there, though. It’s within a nature preserve, and can be reached on foot. The closest town is Kenton (pop. 17), and though OK is officially in the Central time zone, Kenton unofficially observes Mountain time due to its closeness to NM. Black Mesa SP is nearby, and has camping facilities.

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Posted: 10/30/21 09:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Highway 412 you were on is just about the longest straight run in America. One section is 47.7 miles and is arrow straight, and the 2nd section is 65.5 miles of arrow straight miles.

The tiny town you mentioned, Kenton, is one of the USA's best Dark Sky astronomy viewing areas, as there is just nothing really out there. You can google Okie Tex Star Party dot com, and see how people come from all across the USA as well as Canada and sometimes from other Continents. If you are an amateur astronomer, this place should be on your short list.

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I was through that general area recently and had thought about stopping there but their website said you had to have a vehicle pass done before you got there and I would have been a walk-in. Sure looks interesting though so might have to plan it into a later trip. Thanks for posting!


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Posted: 11/09/21 06:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've stayed over nite below the dam on trips from NE OK to southern CO /northern NM years back.
Neat area.
Vance Air Force base uses Kegelman aux field just south of the below dam campgrounds. The field is used as a touch and go for training AF fighter pilots from Vance. If you plan on a extended stay Vance did have a phone number to call and see what time of the day they would be using the air field. I assume they still use the field.

Another recreation area is the Little Sahara state park with lots of sand for those type vehicles. Its just a few miles southwest of Salt Plains Park next to small town Waynoka, OK just north of US 412.
Maybe some day US 412 will make a east/west interstate between I-40 and I-70.


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Posted: 11/09/21 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GoinThisAway wrote:

I was through that general area recently and had thought about stopping there but their website said you had to have a vehicle pass done before you got there and I would have been a walk-in. Sure looks interesting though so might have to plan it into a later trip. Thanks for posting!


Just a guess on my part, but that may have been some COVID related thing. I think we had to make our reservation online, but other than that it was business as usual.

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Great report this park looks like it would be a pleasure to visit. Look forward to seeing more reports from you! Keep up the good work.

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JIMNLIN wrote:

……..I assume they still use the field……


Oh yeah, they still use it! LOL

When we first got there, I noticed that there were a lot of airplanes flying around. The sun was behind the first handful or so, and all I see is the silhouette, but it’s one that I recognize. “Crop dusters” I said to myself. After several hours of hearing them, and occasionally looking at them, I realize they aren’t yellow, but gray.

Until, then, I’m thinking “That’s a bunch of crop dusting going on!” I finally realized they are all AT-6 Texan trainers, which are closely related to the Air Tractor AT-802 crop dusters. [emoticon]

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