Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chickasaw Cultural Center & WinStar World Casino - 2011

The September RV trip for the Modern Wagoneers was hosted by our good friends, Tim and Karen Sechrist, who chose Arbuckle RV Resort with a tour of the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

The RV park was clean, well organized, offered 50 amp service and a large meeting room, and had several nice shade trees for outdoor gatherings. My only reservation is the gravel roads and RV pads, which provide plenty of dust on a freshly washed coach.

Gary and Vickie Tidball prepared a fine breakfast of eggs, sausage, and pancakes before the group headed over to view the exhibits at the Cultural Center. The Center is conveniently situated directly across the street from the RV Park.

The Chickasaw Tribe built a fine facility, but I found the exhibits difficult to follow because of the many distractions, i.e., crying children, etc. I think a better approach to understanding the Chickasaw culture would have been to combine a viewing of the exhibits with a guided tour. The grounds are very well kept and no money was spared in the development of the Center. For more information, visit

Upon completing the tour of the Cultural Center, several members of the group returned to the RV park for an afternoon nap, while others went antique shopping in Davis or Sulphur, or found their way back to I-35 and Treasure Valley Casino. We later reconvened at Roma Italian Restaurant in Sulphur, which is located at 1611 West Broadway. Susan and I found the food to be good and the prices about par for an Italian restaurant (Olive Garden, etc.).

The final evening of the outing ended with card games played in our coach. This group loves to play games and eat, and I'm so glad they're good cooks!

Because we were so close to Thackerville, Bob and Jan Samples suggested an overnight trip to WinStar World Casino and RV Park. Suz and I have been to the casino on several occasions, but it's been at least a couple of years since our last visit. Bob indicated that the casino has grown considerably over the past few years, and the recently built RV park is nothing but first class.

Well, I personally wasn't too impressed with the casino (I didn't win), but the RV park is certainly "first class!"

WinStar is also owned by the Chickasaw Tribe, and you can easily see they spared no expense in the development of the casino and RV park. This is a very large facility with extra long concrete pads and all amenities. Adjacent to the RV park is the WinStar Golf Academy which offers private lessons. Guests may also use the beautiful hotel swimming pool and dine at several restaurants situated throughout the property and casino.

Although the Samples were headed home on Monday morning, Suz and I would have stayed another night. But, we noticed a pool of hydraulic fluid under the coach and decided to take it directly to the dealer for repair. We sure don't want to miss fall travel season. So, after Bob and Jan prepared and served breakfast on the patio, we reluctantly folded up the coaches and headed north.

WinStar RV Park is a difinite future destination, or at least an overnight stay on our way south to visit our Texas friends; in spite of the fact I don't have much luck at their casino.

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