July 7, 2012

Trip Start Apr 28, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Oklahoma
Saturday, July 7, 2012

We left Elk City this morning and traveled only 106 miles to Oklahoma City; along the way we took minor detours off I-40 into the towns of Clinton and Weatherford to explore the portions of Historic Rt. 66 that passed through the towns, unfortunately there was nothing of significance in either town. Just west of Oklahoma City we found Rockwell RV Park, and were able to check in early.  After lunch we went into the city and visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial that honors the victims, survivors and rescuers of the horrific bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.  This was a very emotional and beautiful memorial; the empty chairs, one for each person killed with smaller chairs for the children was a very moving sight.  The entire memorial combined with the treatment of the surrounding buildings that were damaged have been handled in a very tasteful way.  After spending about an hour at the memorial, in the afternoon heat we retreated to our air conditioned truck for some relief from the heat.  After driving around the down town area and taking in the varying architectural styles in the office buildings we headed to the "Bricktown" area of the city.  The “Bricktown” area is a renovated ware house district built around the turn of the century from bricks made locally.  There is a canal running through the area with a water taxi on which we took a ride and received a description of the buildings from the boat's pilot.  Throughout the area there are numerous restaurants, clubs, galleries and shops; it is a revitalization project that started many years ago and there is still new development which promises to make the area even better.

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