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Eufaula, Oklahoma

Posted by graywacke on December 22, 2015

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landin above.

Landing number 2234; A Landing A Day blog post number 662.

Dan: My Score is down from 1323 to 1277 thanks to today’s landing in . . . OK.  No idea what I’m talking about?  Type “Grand Rapids” in the search box and check it out.  Don’t care?  Then simply continue by taking a look at my regional landing map:

landing 1

And my local landing map:

landing 2

My watershed analysis wasn’t quite as straightforward as I first thought, landing as close to Lake Eufala (the dammed-up Canadian River) as I did.  Here’s a streams-only map:

landing 3a

As you can see, I landed in the watershed of Lick Creek, on to Longtown Creek, on to the Canadian River (44th hit).  By the way, I had to do a little sleuthing to determine if (before the reservoir was built) the Lick flowed into the Longtown, or vice versa.  It turns out there’s a very small town named Longtown right on the lake where the erstwhile creek flowed into the river (the town showed up on Google Earth, although not on StreetAtlas).   Based on this, I surmised that Longtown Creek was the major player, and the Lick flowed into it.

You, dear reader, may be perplexed as to why I need to know which little creek flowed into which little creek.  Well, I, the dear writer, am equally perplexed, but for reasons known only to the Landing God, will continue to care deeply.

Back to my watershed analysis:

landing 3b

The Canadian flows to the Arkansas (119th hit) and on to the MM (873rd hit).  FYI, the Arkansas ranks 6th on my list of river hits, behind the Mississippi, the Missouri, the Colorado, the Columbia and the Ohio.  It is fairly well ahead of the St. Lawrence (in 7th place, with 102 hits).

It’s time for my Google Earth (GE) spaceflight in to SE Oklahoma.  Click here and then hit the back button.

I have pretty decent Street View coverage:

ge sv landing map

Although the orange dude can’t see my landing thanks to trees:

ge sv landing

Just down the road is a spot to check out Lick Creek:

ge sv lick ck map

And here ‘tis:

ge sv lick ck

After checking out Eufaula and other small towns in the general vicinity, it turns out that this entire area is truly:

aa-hookless

The only (and I repeat only) thing that caught my eye was this little reference in Wiki:

In Popular Culture

The TV Show, “Dirty Jobs” filmed part of an episode in Eufaula.  The episode featured Catfish Noodling in one of the pilot episodes that aired in November 2003.

I don’t know about you, but I had no clue what the heck “catfishing noodling” could be.  Off to the internet . . .

Although there was a Dirty Jobs catfish noodling video listed on You Tube, some sort of copyright issue makes it so you can’t view it anymore.  So, while on You Tube, I simply searched for catfish noodling.

And here’s the first video I saw (posted on You Tube by Jerry Baker).  Pay close attention to the guy in the water who goes under the tangle of branches:

 

Are you kidding me?  I can’t imagine doing that.  Here’s another video (from the Travel Channel) with some more noodling action, but this time with narration from a professional noodler.  I couldn’t embed this video, so you’ll have to click HERE for this one.

Time for a couple of GE Panoramio shots of Lake Eufaula.  First this by Grant Humphreys, taken about 5 miles NW of my landing:

pano grant humphreys

And the requisite sunset shot over the lake, this one by bruway63:

pano bruway63

 

That’ll do it . . .

KS

Greg

 

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