Hochatown is a lumbering town just outside the entrance to the Beaver’s Bend State Park located in southeastern Oklahoma just over the Red River from Texas. Hochatown has the customary OK casino and a pretty good pizza place, called the Grateful Head. I think why it has such a devoted following is for the divey patio, live, local music, good service, and extensive beer menu. The pizza was just average but then I am spoiled by RM’s wizardry with the pizza peel.
It took nearly 4 hours from the Fort, road tripping to our final destination, Cabin #4. We stopped for a quick bite at the Paris Bakery located — you guessed it – in tiny Paris, Texas. The bakery serves killer artisanal bread so I snagged a loaf to add to my camping pantry. My pantry is stored in a green, plastic tub (it formerly housed holiday decorations) for easy access and unloading when we get to the camp site and includes a set of utilitarian pots, dishes and utensils picked up at local Dollar Generals out of necessity. Cautionary tale: Not all cabins are equipped equally.
We don’t like to eat off paper or styrofoam even when we are camping. We do so more from a POV of civility, imbedded in both our heads by our parents, than ecology.
We arrived early afternoon of Good Friday and checked into the cabin at the main office. Our cabin was a studio with a little kitchen, bathroom with shower and wood burning fireplace. We then toured the exhibit at the heritage center featuring local artists working with different types of wood, native to Oklahoma. Tip: to get a cabin at popular national or state parks, you need to plan your trip out 9-12 months.
For the last two years, in celebration of my birthday and Earth Day, we elected to get out in nature and support the preservation of our environment. This year, the Easter week-end was beautiful with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s and so much glorious sunshine. We hiked several trails, wiggled our toes in rain-fed streams and stumbled onto a little trivia that the Beaver’s Bend State Park is not named for the semi-aquatic rodent as one might presume but for the family with the surname, Beaver, who donated the land to form the park. The family home is gone but the foundation is located near one of the trails inside the park. Go see if you can find it! Or find a local trail or park to savor the fleeting springtime temperatures of Texas.