Muskogee is just a couple of hours away in Oklahoma. Each Spring the city hosts an azalea festival. A few years ago, my dear friend, Susan, felt we needed to go. Susan is a favorite traveling buddy as she never meets a stranger and speaks to everyone. Be prepared to make new friends if Susan is nearby!
For maps and more information, check out their website. www.muskogeeazaleafestival.com
There is more than one way to get to Honor Heights Park. We stopped at Dairy Queen for directions. After serving our ice cream, the cashier advised we follow the signs to the hospital. Continue past the hospital, then down the hill to the park. This might be considered the scenic route. The homes in the neighborhood near the hospital have many azaleas planted themselves. They only whet the appetite for more.
The hill past the hospital is somewhat steep. The drop down into the park is gorgeous! White dogwood blooms are handsome against the bright azaleas. There are ponds scattered throughout the park with spectacular plantings all around them.
Susan introduced herself to one of the park attendants, as is her nature. He told us the azaleas were only opened to about 40% at the time we were there. Susan was grateful it was only 40%, saying she did not think her heart could stand the beauty if they were open more!
If you haven't been to the Muskogee Azalea Festival, grab some of your favorite travelling buddies. This would be a perfect weekend to go!
Maybe I'll see you there! ;-) -Marci
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