Trip Start Apr 16, 2009
Trip End Jul 12, 2009

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

DAY 15--Thursday--Oklahoma: The trailer was repaired very quickly, thank God, and we were on our way out of Wal-mart land. Entering the Cherokee Nation and heading toward Tulsa, we passed several Cherokee casinos and ran into a hailstorm. There wasn't much else to see: a few small oil wells, some not pumping, small trees, and a Marie Calendar's Restaurant. Several overpasses exhibit Indian artistry. All this for $13 in tolls! The road looks a lot like Arkansas, but slightly hillier as you go further toward Oklahoma City. The river is muddy with red clay. Blue trashcans hang at an angle on chains from posts to make it easier to drive by and deposit trash. We got to our new campsite in Oklahoma City, setting up in the heat. There is a storm shelter at the campground for tornados.

After a rest, we ventured out to downtown Oklahoma City to the Bass Pro, where the décor is based on Oklahoma wildlife, thus very different from the Bass Pro at home. There we caught a trolley for $.25 around town, the cheapest tour available. We saw the baseball park, Bricktown (once a bustling warehouse district, now a thriving entertainment and dining area), the Oklahoma City Memorial, and downtown business area. Dinner was at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Bricktown, excellent service there. I think everyone else was at the ball game. We made a night stop at the Oklahoma City Memorial for night photos. The outdoor memorial is open 24 hours a day, and seems most impressive at night. See the photos.

DAY 16, Friday--Oklahoma City, OK: We had no idea there was so much to see and do here. Our only Must-Do was the Oklahoma City bombing memorial before we got here, but that quickly changed after stopping at the Visitors Center and being supplied with brochures and tourist booklets yesterday. This is a GREAT city, very modern, wide roadways, interstates circling the city, beautiful downtown with moderate traffic, modern ballpark, renovated Bricktown with restaurants and entertainment venues, zoo, race track, National Softball Hall of Fame, and many museums. We made a day of it, starting with the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, then the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory in the heart of downtown, and later the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The Gardens' focal point is the seven-story high Crystal Bridge, a year-round tropical retreat, home to over 2,500 exotic plants from around the world. A suspended sky-walk bridge catapults visitors above the rainforest canopy providing a breathtaking view of the plants and cascading waterfalls below. The Cowboy Museum was vast with sculpture, western artwork, and artifacts of western life and the cowboy as portrayed in movies (Roy Rogers, John Wayne, and Clint Eastwood, for example). After the museums, riding around, we found the Asian district and the 1958 Gold Dome Building designed following renowned futurist Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome but in gold-anodized aluminum. We could have spent a couple more days here, but we have so much to see going west. Tomorrow, we're off to follow the old Route 66.
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