Recently we got an invite from some friends to come up and stay in their log cabin in the woods. Oh YES! Fist pump in the air. A quick weekend getaway to a picturesque log cabin with cable tv (boy do I miss cable) in the woods of a national park is just what I needed to relax after 12 weeks of being back in middle school. We packed up the kids jumped into the car and took off to Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
Broken Bow is situated at the base of the Kiamichi Mountains and is home to Beavers Bend National Park. Located about 3 hours from Plano, it is an easy drive. There are plenty of things to do for the outdoorsy type. Fishing, hiking, canoeing and camping just to name a few. The town itself is on the smaller side, but shows signs of growth. Plenty of restaurants to include Grateful Head Pizza Oven and Tap Room, Papa Poblanos and Pier 49 Catfish Restaurant. Of course there is a grocery store as well as a Wal-Mart along with plenty of fast food places.
Arriving in the afternoon gave the kids time to play outside of the cabin while the adults opened a bottle of wine, sat back on the deck, and watched the kids play. We enjoyed cool weather and pleasant conversation. After dinner, the kids hung out downstairs with the pool table and the TV to watch a little Disney channel (did I mention we all have cable withdrawal) while the rest of us sat on the couch to visit and help me catch up on all of the missed HGTV shows like House Hunters. Man I have missed vegging to cable.
The next morning we woke up early and took a drive to check out the creatures in the woods. We were not disappointed. Plenty of deer roamed and were even curious enough to come up close and pose for some pictures.
We then decided a nice hike up the side of a hill would be refreshing. There were several trails to choose from, all with varying degrees of difficulty. The maps before the trail were helpful in deciding which trails to take with the kids.
Once we reached the top we could not help but sit down relax and enjoy the scenery, not because we were exhausted, but instead to enjoy the view. The reflection of the trees off of the water with the fishermen in the river was a scene we could not pass up.
After we had our fill, we hiked back down the trail. As always with my kids, when we hike we are constantly looking around us for new and unusual things to see. We saw many daddy long legs (did you know they are not really spiders?), beautiful rocks that we wanted to pick up and take home, and sticks we could pretend were animal creatures just dying to live with us. Could they please please please come home with us? And then along the way, Kate looks up and says…”hey mom, I see a 4 tree for me to sit in!”
After a quick return to the cabin for some grilled hot dogs, brats and a dip in the hot tub, we took a lazy canoe ride down the Mountain Fork River. It was the perfect way to end our trip. Then we packed our bags, said our goodbyes to our friends (and to cable tv!), promised to come back and visit the cabin again, and headed home.
Interested in staying at the cabin? They call it the Mountain Dream.