The Ups and Downs
As I write, the weather is cold and gray. The pops of fall color are a bit dull, but lookout weekend! Periods of sun and clouds are in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Friday looks gorgeous with sun and a high of 61 lows in the 40’s. The rest of the weekend is mid-60’s during the daylight hours and bottoming out at 45 on Saturday morning. Coffee on the porch to watch the sunrise with a blanket will be in order. Time for layers to shed as the sun comes and goes.
It’s not the most eventful time in our little burg, but when you live here full time, you look forward to the quiet times. Then, after all the quiet time, you look forward to training for the 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Run! This event will happen on December 9th and is a fund raiser for the Carlton Landing Academy and is a blast. Last year, the many goofballs with too much time on their hands got creative and were running in costume. It’s how we roll. Buddy the elf actually made the podium and Santa Claus guided traffic in his spare time. Make an effort to attend this year’s run and support a great cause, have a few laughs, and hang out with some pretty awesome people! Sign ups and info are here. Book your stay for a weekend and come train the hills and scout the course prior to the race.
Football is in full swing
OU took down OSU in an epic battle, Alabama took down LSU, Iowa State had a rough week, and THE Ohio State finally beat someone in the race for FBS National Title. The Dallas Cowboys took care of The Chiefs, most importantly! It looks like the match ups this weekend could yield an upset or two. Georgia vs Auburn, Michigan State vs Ohio State, Iowa State vs our beloved Oklahoma State? OU has no cake walk with TCU, but that’s why they play the game. Find a nice fire, a bowl of queso (here is a good easy one using Rotel and Velveeta. Add some sausage or burger meat, yummy), and a beer and settle in for some hits on the grid iron.
A Good Kind of Robber
If you want to spend some good quality time and earn that extra glass of wine, head to Robbers Cave State Park and see the side of Oklahoma that nobody knows about. It’s a good 50 minute drive, but worth it. Especially when the fall colors are on show. The history of the park is fascinating. Notably, it’s the former hideout for the infamous outlaws Belle Star and Jesse James. It’s 8,000 acres and open for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and climbing and repelling. Trout fishing is also available in season. Great American Indian culture to explore, as well, as this was the Osage Tribe hunting grounds back in the day. French explorers gave it a once over during the 18th century and Civil War deserters and outlaws used it to hide out.
Hit the Links
We are fortunate to have two state golf courses close by for you to enjoy. Arrowhead State Park has a nicely laid out 18 hole course that they keep in good shape. It’s located on the top of a hill that overlooks the lake and allows for some nice views of the surrounding areas. They just built a new club house and are serving up food and beverages on the go. Enjoy a fully stocked pro shop, just in case you forgot anything. Our town founder, Grant Humphreys, was the ribbon cutter on the new shop earlier this month! See that story here. I had no idea he was on the Oklahoma tourism board until I read the article. He’s a man of many layers.
Fountainhead Creek Golf Club is another jewel of Eastern Oklahoma and located just northwest of our fine town. This 18 hole, par 72 course designed by Floyd Farley, ASGCA, offers oversize bent grass greens, Bermuda grass tees and fairways, water hazards, well-placed sand bunkers, lake views and watchable wildlife. Facilities include a putting green, driving range, and golf shop with cart and club rentals, snacks, and drinks. Located in Eufaula State Park on Beautiful Lake Eufaula. I have not played this one yet, but it’s nestled in the Lake Eufaula State Park.
Carlton Landing Community Church will meet on Sunday morning at 10am. Our church meets in the big white tent across from the Airstream Food Truck Court and next to Off the Hook Fish House. Pastor Brandon Scott will continue his teaching series on finding joy in the suffering and our own Fishers of Men will lead us in worship music. Sunday School will continue an entertaining lesson from the bible and we welcome kids 1st Grade and under to participate in Sunday School.