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Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway

On Sunday, my wife and I visited the Talimena National Scenic Byway to see the fall foliage. I made this one-minute video highlighting some of the experiences one can enjoy along this road trip.

Here are a few of my favorite photos I captured as well.

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

A Hiking Trailing Trail along the Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

If you’re planning a road trip adventure along the Talimena National Scenic Byway, I do have a few tips.

  • Make sure you have a full tank of fuel as there aren’t any gas stations directly along the byway.
  • When driving, be prepared for steep inclines, sharp turns, and sudden changes in speed. Pay close attention to road signs.
  • Bring food and drinks. There are no restaurants directly on the byway.
  • Use the bathroom before you start because there are lovely views but there are few bathrooms, most of which are part of the campgrounds.
  • Pack appropriate clothing and gear for whatever activities you want to enjoy.
  • Have fun!

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    How To Put On A Spare Tire

    Today I’m sharing an instructional video on how to put on a spare tire if you ever get into such a situation while having an adventure. Knowing how to install a spare tire yourself can save you time and money. I made this for a video contest hosted by CARDONE. Be sure to vote for my video over on their site!

    To vote, go here and click on that Vote button. That’s it. There’s no need to sign up or give your email. Just press that Vote button. You can do it once per day until the contest ends. If I win, it will help me get the equipment to achieve my goals. Thank you!

    The Outside of Stone Lion Inn - photo by Dennis Spielman

    Two Spooky Encounters at the Stone Lion Inn

    I have two spooky encounters/stories to tell about recording Tales Unveiled and a crossover/collaboration with the Okie Show Show at Stone Lion Inn last night.

    While Brian Gililland from the Okie Show Show was setting up his recording equipment, Jeff Provine and I stepped outside to record our introduction to the place. Also outside at the time was Brain’s wife making a phone call. We went back inside. I had both my hands full, one on the mic and the other holding my recorder to capture the sound of the old wooden door opening. Jeff closed the door behind us and we went to check on Brian. About 15 seconds later, Laney tries to get inside, but the deadbolt was locked.

    The second story happened toward the end of the night. Spoilers for Okie Show Show ahead as this next bit was recorded. We were doing a bit for Okie Show Show where all of the lights were turned off and Brian was asking for a ghost to talk to us. The owner of the place was in the hallway while the rest of us were gathered around a table when said she saw shadows moving upstairs. There were jokes about no one wanting to check it out when I very definitely ranted about there not being any ghosts (I was still in character of Sam Saxton). I stood up and went to look for myself and saw…Nothing. I took a seat and went on and on about there being no such things as ghosts. They gave up and turned the lights back on. I was still ranting as the lights were turned back on and one of the lights above us popped.

    Those are my stories from last night on Sunday. I’ll share more about the recording process when I release the episodes. Our crossover episodes will be out next month!

    Factory Obscura Beyond - photo by Dennis Spielman

    Factory Obscura’s Beyond

    My brief thoughts on Factory Obscura’s Beyond exhibition during their pass holder preview party on September 21, 2018. Factory Obscura is an Oklahoma City-based art collective creating immersive experiences, challenging the participant to physically explore full-sensory environments.

    I’m working on scheduling an interview with some of the creative team behind Factory Obscura for Uncovering Oklahoma.

    Coco Flow Chocolate Shoppe's German Chocolate Brownie - photo by Dennis Spielman

    Oklahoma State Fair Food 2018

    Yesterday, I visited the Oklahoma State Fair to sample some of the new and award-winning fair foods as well as hear from food vendors talk about their specials this year. The 2018 Oklahoma State Fair started on September 13th and goes through the 23rd. For a complete list of the new foods, read my story on Uncovering Oklahoma.

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