Yeeha Cowboy Country

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

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Where I stayed
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, Weatherford

Flag of United States  , Oklahoma
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Started the day with breakfast at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) – both had massive fry ups followed by 2 huge pancakes with strawberry sauce / maple syrup. So delicious but filled us up so much we could hardly eat for the rest of the day.

Stopped at Rock Cafe, originally planned for lunch but we were still too full so just had some yummy refreshing lemonades instead (the 'American' lemonade – still, as opposed to English lemonade - sprite. Finally got used to that!) The place was really cool inside with Route 66 memorabilia (R66 shield, signs, photographs and paintings of classic cars and Harley Davidsons), lovely staff who wanted us to sign their Route 66 travellers guestbook and toilet walls that had been completely covered in people’s graffiti, including that of the man who wrote Toy Story and Cars... though me and Ness failed to find his.

Visited the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum which we loved! – another outing for the cowboy hat J. It had a beautiful garden with a massive Buffalo Bill statue, several horse statues and gravestones L, and loads of pretty water features.
We learnt alot about the 6 events of a rodeo which were accompanied by videos – some far too painful to watch, especially for the previous veggie L. Real brutal for both animal and man though! Crazy stuff!!
There was a large conference and events room which had five 18x46 feet panoramic murals of the American West all around the walls (i.e. Grand Canyon, Monument Valley). They were really impressive. Can not wait to see those places in real life!!
The Western Performers Gallery of course had a big John Wayne collection (mine and Dad’s fave :)!). As we were reading some of the information we discovered neighbourhood firemen had nicknamed John Wayne 'Little Duke' and so inspiration for our car name finally occurred. After 5 days Duke it is :D! yippe! 
Prosperity Junction was my absolute favourite! – a circa 1900 western cattle town at dusk that you could walk through and into the authentic buildings (saloon, church, school, post office, stables, train station, sheriff’s office and prison). It was so life-like, felt like we were back in cowboy times with the dusty sandy floor aswel J! Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to climb into the trough for a photo, or more specifically, i wasnt lol.

Drove past Overholser Mansion – the first mansion to be built in Oklahoma. Yet again like a postcard picture. It was so beautiful! – in fact, the whole street was! – such amazing houses covered by an avenue of leafy green trees. So American. We definitely fancied living on that street!

Had dinner at Italian Grill, Spaghetti Warehouse in Bricktown (Oklahoma City’s Downtown) despite still not feeling particularly hungry after the mammoth late brekkie. Had a funny Costa Rican waiter that showed an interest in the prospect of marrying Ness in order to show her Costa Rica, as a place she’s always wanted to visit. Not sure if anything will come of that possible proposal, sorry Marlon. The decor consisted of loads of retro stuff – old signs, traffic lights suspended from the ceiling and tables arranged inside a train.
We walked along Bricktown Canal after dinner which was beautiful and had a mini waterfall at one end. Me and Ness didn’t look quite do beautiful... the walk was a bit of a hilarious effort as we were just so full and wanted to get to the hotel to lie down! The drizzly rain was much welcomed in the heat! – it had been a really warm, almost muggy day. We’d been warned about thunderstorms all day and were hoping for no tornado warning! We seemed to miss the bad weather and escape Oklahoma City at the right time.

Stayed at Fairfield Marriott in Weatherford. Really nice hotel and massive room with king size beds each... certainly made the ‘Crossroads bed test’ all the more fun :D!)

x x Jess x x
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