Thursday, July 30, 2009

strengthen family ties by running for your lives

lovingly lifted from the prestigious DentalPlans.com website:

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Family experts say that families that spend quality time together -- participating in fun activities that foster family ties - stay together. If you live in the South and Southwest, a fabulous family playground is just few hours away in the southeastern corner of Oklahoma. McCurtain County has some of the most beautiful territory in the country.

The Ouachita Mountains rise and fall dramatically along the lower reaches of the Oklahoma-Arkansas line, which is densely covered with one of the oldest short leaf pine forests in the world, as well as heavy populations of hickory and oak. Unlike most American mountain ranges, the mountains run east and west, not north and south. Cursing through those rugged ranges are several lakes and rivers, the Little, Mountain Fork, Upper Kiamichi, Poteau and Broken Bow. McCurtain County is the place where you can create a family vacation Texas style that’s just right for you and yours.

The area was named by LIFE magazine as one of the "100 Places to Visit in Your Lifetime"

Idea #1: Family activities for water lovers. Broken Bow Lake has over 14,000 acres of pristine deep water. The water is incredibly clear and cool because its 180 miles of shore is lined with the forest covered Kiamichi Mountains. Nature in its most unspoiled state is found along the Glover River, Oklahoma's only untamed waterway (which means there are no dams blocking its course). Because Glover is secluded, its calm waters are ideal for floating on a raft. Beavers Bend has paddle boats and bumper boats. Rent a canoe and take a long lazy cruise together. Take turns paddling, then stop and drift for awhile, taking in the scenery - that includes Eagles flying overhead. Canoes seat two adults and two small children. Older kids will love kayaking, rafting or zooming around the lake on jet skis.

Idea #2: Create your own family posse on horseback. Southeastern Oklahoma is home to over 535,000 acres of land available for horseback riding. The Ouachita National Forest and the Three Rivers Wildlife Management areas are prime areas for exploration as a family. Horses can travel on the forest floor. The Beavers Bend Depot is perfect for beginners and children where a 2.5 mile ride allows riders to catch a glimpse of deer and various types of wildlife.
For more experienced riders, the back roads of McCurtain County offer endless riding adventures.

Well, I just had to laugh out loud when I saw this last week.
Yeah, right... What a stretch.
Madison Avenue has nothing on this article's author~!
In truth, here is what should have been written:


The Ouachita Mountains rise and fall dramatically along the lower, easier to reaches of the Oklahoma-Arkansas line, which is densely covered with one of the oldest short leaf pine forests in the world (uh, pine trees have long, sharp needles, not leaves), as well as heavy populations (old age obesity) of hickory and oak.

Unlike most American mountain ranges, the mountains run east and west, not north and south (thanks to that dinosaur-killing meteor, 65 million years ago). Cursing through those rugged ranges (... and you will, too) are several lakes and rivers, the Little, Mountain Fork, Upper Kiamichi, Poteau and Broken Bow. (STOP ALL THAT CURSING, DANGIT!) McCurtain County is the place where you can create a family vacation Texas style that’s just right for you and yours. OR just stay in Texas for the real 'Texas style'. Best idea yet.

The area was named by LIFE magazine as one of the "100 Places to Visit in Your Lifetime"
Yeah, that's true, it was.
In 1949.

Idea #1: Family activities for water lovers. Broken Bow Lake has over 14,000 acres of pristine deep water. The water is incredibly clear and cool because its 180 miles of shore is lined with the forest covered Kiamichi Mountains. Nature in its most unspoiled state is found along the Glover River, Oklahoma's only untamed waterway (which means there are no dams blocking its course). Dam It. Because Glover is secluded, its calm, snake infested waters are ideal for floating on a raft. Beavers Bend has paddle boats and bumper boats. And leaky dingys. Rent a canoe and take a long lazy cruise together. Take turns paddling (WAIT- THAT'S NOT BEING LAZY), then stop and drift for awhile, taking in the scenery ((CATCH YOUR BREATH)) that includes Eagles flying overhead. Canoes seat two adults and two small children. (And overturn very easily... those hungry Eagles know that)
Older kids will love kayaking, rafting or zooming around the lake on jet skis. Or not- in which case they will sit obstinately in the family Minivan, texting their friends how hot and humid it is here: OMG Becky I CNT WATE 2 GET H0M~

Idea #2: Create your own family posse (??) on horseback. Southeastern Oklahoma is home to over 535,000 acres criminals on the loose of land available for horseback riding. The Ouachita National Forest and the Three Rivers Wildlife Management areas are prime areas for exploration as a family. Horses can travel on the forest floor. The Beavers Bend Depot is perfect for beginners and children where a 2.5 mile ride allows riders to catch a glimpse of deer and various types of wildlife, like black bears and mountain lions. Pardon all the snakes, too please. For more experienced riders, the back roads of McCurtain County offer endless riding adventures, as the many, rolling Meth lab cooks can attest. Don't carry cash when you meander lost, in these parts. And your cellphone company hasn't bothered to erect towers down here either, yet, so bring a rifle with you on your leisurly visit to tranquil, placid S.E. Oklahoma.

But we could use more dentists' visits 'round here, that's a fact.

1 comment:

Jungle Mom said...

Nothing like a first hand account to get the truth!