Since not even Google can find Tulsa Ozark Club I should be careful what I disclose (hit, it is located on Spavinaw Creek in Mays County). This was a reunion weekend for our YMCA Indian Princess group (more about that in my next story). We stayed in the main lodge which is a wood building about 100 years old full of 100 year old furniture (including the kitchen). Very rustic and very relaxing. They do have "rules" on technology including radios, headphones, TVs, Internet. I quietly hid my Garmin watch...
I didn't get many pictures of the lodge, but here is my room for the night.
Which only captures some of the charm of the lodge.
While the girls decided on a afternoon float trip, I decided to search for new-to-Mitch trails - with my new shoes of course (thanks to Kathy at RunnersWorld Tulsa). So I loaded up my supplies and head south to find "the back way". And I found what I was looking for - gravel roads, beautiful green stuff and sounds of nature.
|There was also the smell of rotting flesh in this area, but let's move on.|
I then met an interesting couple - Sam and Stacy, owners of resort/ranch along my first gravel road. They wanted to let me know (in their own way) that I was on their property, they knew what I was doing and would be watching me. I let them know (in my own way) that I was currently on a public road - of course it sounded more like "Yes Sir" when said out loud.
They also gave me a few pointers on scenic areas, short cuts and gates into the Wildlife Management Area. I'll have to track them down and thank them on my next visit. Sam's last comment was "Watch out for Rattlesnakes".
I took off up the hill which curved around a very pretty bluff (I was too scared to get close to the edge for a good picture. Once I got to the top of the hill, I discovered this wasn't the only hill between me and cold beer by a cold creek. That certainly explained all of the tight lines on the topo map...
|This was the "up hill" that Sam was kind enough to tell me about. There were a couple of switchbacks to make the climb easier. Just enough to get your directions turned around...|
|I was directed onto a rough jeep road into a wooded area - which I followed without a second thought.|
|I found the entrance into the Wildlife Management Area. I'm not going to say if I was licensed/passported/exempt or if was inside or outside of this barricade - so lets just say this gate was low enough for "a guy I know" to step over it.|
|I ran on about 3 miles of jeep road or gravel road. All was well packed and easy to run on. |
However, I would not call any of it "relatively flat".
|With a name like this I was expecting to see some wildlife.|
I wonder if this connects to Pumkin Hollow Rd?
|No groundhogs, but just a drowned mole. Who knew a mole could drown above ground?|
You would think with those big hands they could swim.
|The main office sign needed a little bit of work, but the sign was cool but creepy in a way. I didn't see any human bones hanging on it, but I also didn't stay around long to get a close look.|
|After I left the Wildlife Area on the east side I was on a two-lane highway that took me over the main bridge across Spavinaw Creek. This is a view of Eucha Lake from the hilltop. This is my first time seeing this lake.|
|I thought it was odd to see a broom littering the local highway. Ironic or coincidence? I suppose these guys really care about clean roads and someone left a broom for the next guy.|
|This is the head of Spavinaw Creek and a view of the Eucha dam from the bridge.|
|It was great to see the main gate to the Tulsa Ozark Club.|
I can't wait to go back. I'm hoping someone gets the hint that this would be a fun T-TOTs field trip.