OOOOOOOOOOOOO-klahoma, where the…blah blah blah blah blah blah blahhh! (I really don’t know any of the other words to that song….)*
*(I looked it up, it’s OOOOOOOOOOOOO-klahoma where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…)
Anyway, Oklahoma. What a great state. We flew into Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which is the capital city of the great state of Oklahoma. And let me tell you, Oklahoma City is a really nice city. (The more times I write Oklahoma, the funnier the word gets…Oklahoma.)
We took the red eye from Alaska, which meant that our bed for the night was our tiny airplane seat. I forced myself to sleep the whole time, as uncomfortable it was. When we finally arrived in the state, we were thrilled at the temp. From high 60’s in Anchorage, to mid 90’s in Oklahoma. It was a drastic change, but I was prepared, I had a tank top underneath my long sleeve… So we got our bags, shed my layers, and checked in. I basked in the sun next to our pool while we mapped out the rest of the day.
We first made a pitstop at the Capital Building, since OKC is the capital city. There we learned that Oklahoma was the 46th State to enter the United States…
Then we drove across the city (a 5 min drive) to the Botanical Gardens. A nice quick walk around to appreciate midtown OKC.
Next Stop, the Skydance Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that you can see the WHOLE skyline of the city…THE WHOLE SKYLINE (which consists of a few buildings).
One of my favorite pitstops was the Oklahoma City Memorial. I had no idea there was an attack, of this scale, that happened there. 168 people were killed that day. It was the worst terrorist attack to take place on U.S. soil, until 9/11. Speaking of 9/11, the Oklahoma City Memorial was an inspiration to the creators of the 9/11 Memorial. To the right there were chairs, one for each of the people killed that day. There were smaller chairs which represented the children that went to school in that building, or went to work with their parents…
There is no easy transition out of this, but our trip was go-go-go, and we were hungry, so we decided to go to the Bricktown area, and get us some nice Southern BBQ. Probably, (aside from all the fish in Alaska), was the best food I ate. Pulled Pork, Baked Potato, Beans, and Mac & Cheese yum!
After this, we walked around the happening downtown area. We realized Mickey Mantle was born in OK, and his name was everywhere! Go Yanks!
We retired to the room afterwards, and prepared to get on the road again in the morning.
We really never drove on Route 66, since most of our road trips are from North to South, (or South to North), but we did get our kicks on it for a small amount of time to check out this shop called Pops. There they carried hundreds of different soda’s, some pretty basic, others pretty disgusting (Ranch Dressing soda and Grass Flavored Soda). We each picked one out, we needed some fuel for the day!
We drove into the panhandle of OK for a bit, on the straight roads through the farms full of hay bales, sunflowers, and wind turbines.
I think Oklahoma, was pretty O.K.!! (Sorry if the song is stuck in your head now!)