Once our new F-350 truck arrived, we drove the required 1,000 miles before towing could begin. While getting the new truck ready to go, we made plans for the first Traveling Basenji journey of 2013. Holiday World did a great job of checking out the entire RV and making necessary repairs after the February Wreck. So early Sunday morning April 21, we set out for Copper Breaks State Park near Quanah, Texas. The new truck towed well and seemed very solid. We actually arrived at the park about 3 PM and had time to set up and be ready for a nice dinner and some TV before bedtime. Monday we were able to spend some time enjoying the extra large site we selected and let the girls enjoy outside while we did some inside cleaning and re-organize the cabinets to settle items from the Feb Scramble. We drove into Quanah for propane since the forecast was a cold front coming and we would need to run the furnace. While there we had lunch at Sonic and got some groceries at United Market. Some of the pictures show the older buildings and some neat signage painted on old adobe walls. Quanah is a small town that is located just south of the Oklahoma border and was named after the last Comanche Indian chief Quanah Parker. It was established as the Hardeman County seat in 1890. History tells us that 9 year old Cynthia Parker was captured near Groesbeck by the Comanche in 1836 and lived among them, becoming the wife of Peta Nocona. They had three children, one of which was Quanah, then she was recaptured by American troops and Texas Rangers led by Sul Ross in 1860 near the Pease River.
Sul Ross http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Sullivan_Ross later became a Texas governor and served as president of Texas A&M University (the alma mater of the Leader of the Pack). Our campground actually overlooks the Pease River from a high bluff. Cynthia remained with her white relatives until her death in 1870. Her son Quanah became a friend of Charles Goodnight (famous rancher who gained fame from herding feral Texas Longhorn cattle to railroads to provide for the Army and inventing the chuckwagon) and Teddy Roosevelt. There are many historical sites of this period located near this quiet state park. Later on Monday the temps actually reached 92 degrees and all that saved us was the stiff breeze which was bringing in a weather change. Went to bed under a sheet and pulled up a down blanket about midnight when the winds tried to blow us into the Pease River. So much for temperature changes in Texas!