"OK-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down"

Trip Start Apr 27, 2011
Trip End May 21, 2011

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Tulsa Inn and Suites

Flag of United States  , Oklahoma
Monday, May 9, 2011

Set off from the hotel after a yummy breakfast and sneakily taking a couple of bottles of water for the journey. Our first destination was Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World in Springfield...apparently the largest one in the world..which I can definitely believe! It was HUGE! Everyone there seemed like right outdoorsy/hunter/fisher types, even some messy hippies that passed us as we were entering the building.

The place was insane! They had an actual waterfall inside and a couple of big aquariums and even an enclosure with an alligator. Jess and I weren't sure if it was real so we stood and watched it for a bit and yep...it was definitely real! Pretty crazy!

Driving out of Missouri we drove through a bunch of empty rundown towns...like realllllly rundown, kinda eerie but kinda cool and just the image of small town America I had in my head.

Upon entering Kansas we had to reverse to get piccys of the "Welcome to Kansas" sign as we didn’t really realise we had passed the state border. We stopped for a lil picnic in Riverton’s Food Market which housed a bunch of Route 66 souvenirs and memorabilia. It was really cute and kinda tacky with pink flamingos outside but I loved it.

Some of the roads we drove down in Kansas were being re-paved and were beyond dusty and rocky! Probably not the best idea for our car but he survived and is as beautiful as ever!

As we were leaving Kansas (probably spent about 40 minutes in the state in total) we went to visit the Tri-State border between Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. It was down a little dirt track next to a massive casino. Very random – especially as it was marked by a really weird brown clay like blob....i don’t really know how else to describe it....haha

We headed for Vinita (our first stop in Oklahoma) which turned out to be a bit of a waste of time as the town wasn’t great and we wanted to go visit the Native Museum but it was closed. So next stop was Foyil where the supposed “World’s largest Totem Pole” was located...but I think we either got the fact wrong or we were given the wrong information because it wasn’t very big and wasn’t very authentic...but still it was a nice stroll and a lovely drive through some small empty roads in Oklahoma.

The day was so so hot with highs reaching 92 degrees (33.5 celsius)...it was absolutely baking hot! And apparently broke records.

We decided to head for Tulsa, where we would be staying for the night, but stopped along the way in Cartoosa where a massive giant blue whale sculpture sat in a lake along the highway. We weren’t the only people visiting the whale – we were joined by a group of hairy bikers who were slamming back some beers before getting back on their bikes (yep....totally safe??????). The whale was kinda wierd but really quirky and fun. Trying to leave was interesting as it turns out those killer bees followed us and were hanging out at the exit.....needless to say I’ve never run so fast to get past them...almost face planting on the way. Great job! Haha

We arrived at the Tulsa Inn and Suites with some random guy watching us from his door way. Once we were in the room we got a phone call from him asking if we were the girls that turned up in the red mustang and wanted to know if we wanted to hang out with him. Obviously we said we were going to hang out with friends....he sounded so country (and not in a good way Courtney and Erin). Anyways we drove to the University of Tulsa campus as I wanted to show Jess the fraternity and sorority houses...but turns out the campus was dead! I guess everyone had left for the summer so it was just like a ghost town – defs not as fun as we thought it would be.

We then went on a hunt for somewhere to eat and ended up at a Mexican restaurant near downtown Tulsa. It was really yummy but there was no way Jess or I could get anywhere close to finishing our meals! Drove around downtown Tulsa and again, it felt like we were in a ghost town....I actually was a little bit shocked....i’d heard Tulsa was a bit boring but this was just a bit ridiculous! I don’t think I saw one single person the whole time we were there....crazy. Although Tulsa was dead Jess and I had a hilarious time but I guess that’s pretty standard for Jess and I as we always find a way to make one another laugh.

Back at the hotel I guess the random man saw we were back so decided to try befriend us again by calling our room to see if we wanted to hang out again to which I responded “no thank you” and he hung up on me...how rude! We slept with the door bolted shut but everything was fine and got no more disturbances from country hillbilly man!


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