Lesson Learned – Weekend Getaway In Broken Bow, OK Part One

Beaver’s Bend State Park

As part of our wedding anniversary celebration, my dear husband and I were talking about going to the Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  It has become a tradition for us to visit the park and have a relaxing time even if it’s only a few days whenever we are celebrating a special occasion, holiday, or a school break.

We always stay at Hi-Way Inn along Hwy 259 in Broken Bow.  The hotel is very close to the main stores and restaurants.  Also, a casino is right across it.  When my DH and I agree on a schedule, we take turns to go to the casino.

We had a long weekend last month so we went on a road trip to Broken Bow. It was a beautiful day on our way there on a Friday but the next day was rainy.  Even though it was a wet day, it didn’t stop us from having fun.

After checking in the hotel, we drove around Beavers Bend State Park like we always do. Our darling daughter enjoys looking around.  We were looking forward to seeing some deer but no luck.  As we go along, a patrolling sheriff pulled us over.  Why? He saw DD was standing and her head was out the roof of the car.  We did not see where he came from but he suddenly showed up behind us with his patrol lights on. He didn’t give us a ticket (thank goodness!).  He just reminded us about child’s safety and the child should be on the car seat and buckled.  Lesson learned.  On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at Pizza Hut Broken Bow for dinner.

Travel Tip:  When traveling with kids, keep them on seat belts. It is for their safety. 

To be continued…

Always Use Good Judgement On The Road

Driving is not an easy task.  We always have to be very aware of what’s going on on the road. We should be very attentive and should look through the side and rear view mirrors once every 10 seconds.  I learned that from my driving instructor at a driving school in Fort Worth.

On the road, you will never know what’s gonna happen.  So it is very important to be ready and use your good judgement in every driving situation.  For example, if you are driving on the right lane on an Interstate highway where the Left Lane is for Passing Only and someone’s driving on that lane slower than the speed limit, the possibility of backing up the traffic is high.  If that driver won’t keep up with the speed limit or won’t speed up to move over in front of you, you just have to speed up a little so the cars behind will be able to have the chance to pass him or her.

I experienced that situation when I was going out of town.  I had to speed up ahead a little to let the traffic on the left lane move over to my lane (right) so they can pass the slow moving car on the left (passing) lane.  Many drivers out there are just inconsiderate a**holes. So as a friendly advice, it is VERY IMPORTANT to pay attention at all times. In addition, you MUST NOT engaged to or AVOID or might as well QUIT) bad habits such as:

  • using cellphones while driving
  • putting make-up on while driving
  • playing music very loud
  • eating while driving
  • overspeeding
  • driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • being aggressive on the road

I admit I was guilty with the first and last before.  But I overcame them.  I love myself and my family as much I love my life.

What else can you add to the list?  You are welcome to share your opinion in the comments below.

The Best Driving Roads In America For Scenic Road Trips

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I heard of some travelers taking road trips instead of flying.  I don’t blame them. Though flying will take you to your destination very quickly, sometimes time flights get delayed and you feel stressed because your precious time is wasted. Still flying is ideal when the chance calls it.

For those who love road travels, obviously, they find driving a good option because there are chances to stop and see beautiful scenery along the way.  Safety wise, it is always great to drive during the day than at night.  Road traveling across America can be fun and enjoyable at the same time.  If it is your first time to go on a road trip with family or friends, the best thing to do is to plan ahead and check weather forecasts ahead of time as well.  For  Below are some of the best driving roads in the US for road trips.

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San Juan Skyway in Colorado – Besides being popular of its mountainous landscape, the state also brags its scenic San Juan Skyway.  The beautiful mountainside makes you want to stay there forever bonding with nature.

The Cherohala Skyway in Tennessee – For travelers who love historic places like in Tennessee, this road should be in your bucket list.  The Cherohala Skyway is about 40+ miles long and connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina which takes you to one state to another.

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Hill Country, Texas – Of course, I have to brag about Texas’ best road trip route.  If you want to experience Texas in one driving day, take this 200-mile route and you will be able to see Texas all day long.  Road travelers will definitely won’t forget Texas and it’s history.  So many things to do and see along the way.  You should get your cameras ready, fully-charged batteries, and extra memory cards for photos and stuff.

One of the important things when planning a road travel is booking your car rental in advance.  You see, vacation times are hectic.  Hotels gets fully booked immediately, and so is car rentals.  To get advantage of low car hire fees, book at America Car Rental in advance.  In addition, they will guide you to the best road travel destination of your choice.  It’s a great thing to plan ahead.  Don’t you think?