Get Off The Highway
Do yourself a favor when you are traveling in Oklahoma. Get off the main highway. Take different routes, you will be glad you did. Since I traveled the area from Oklahoma City to as far south as Ardmore to as far north as Woodward often, I found myself finding alternate was of getting to my place of destination. Also, there was not one trip that I had to find alternate was to get around because there was always an accident on I-35. It never failed and once I-35 is backed up, your delay can be for hours.
So, my advise to you is, get a map of Oklahoma. There are tons of parks, historic sites and you just never know what you might find. The state is very easy to get around in. I can find my way better in Oklahoma then I can in Missouri. HA!
My primary reason for visiting Chili's was convenience. I had already been to the closest restaurant (Tony Toma's) and I hate repeating myself without good reason.
In fact, hadn't planned on eating at all, I did fancy the odd beverage or two but while I was sitting at the bar I got talking to a couple of guys who were suffering a few hours weather delay before flying out of OKC airport later that night.
Anyway, as the evening went on, I ordered something (see I did get to the point eventually). Served quickly & received hot. Good & tasty. (Hmmm..burrgerr).
Overall, a good place for a good time.
saying goodbye to the tropics?
The Myriad Botanical Gardens are unusual as botanical gardens go as they are contained in a huge glass enclosure. It's like walking through a space age hot house and on a cool wet day, it's like taking a welcomed trip to the tropics, even if that is where we had just left from about a week ago, from our home in Florida. It was a nice goodbye to such things as we were headed to the desert next! We could see why it would be popular with so much colorful plant life right in the middle of what was looking like a very gray city the day we visited
Crypt at First Baptist
For the chapel (i.e. the other portion of the First Baptist Church to boast stained glass), you'll have to con a church official to walk you through the basement cafeteria and into a smaller, rectangular chamber. The chapel has no especial character or design in itself, but its 1950s era stained glass windows are better Biblical storytellers than the golden orbs in the main sanctuary.
~ Oklahoma City ~
"I-40: Crossing Oklahoma"
Oklahoma is a bit of an anomaly among Midwest states. Given its location south of Kansas and Nebraska’s breadbasket and north of Texas’ lonely prairies, Oklahoma might sound like just a dull, monotonous landscape of wheat fields and tumbleweeds. In reality, it is the most attractive state through which to bridge the plains between the Rockies and the Appalachians. A drive along I-40 reveals a changing landscape, featuring reddish soil in the west; rolling, green foothills and spur ranges of the Ozarks in the east; and an abundance of trees throughout. We passed length-wise through Oklahoma on the way back from a family road trip to Colorado in 1993. Along the way, we spent the night in Oklahoma City, the state’s capital city and central metropolitan hub.
"Oklahoma City is, well, OK"
It has been almost two decades since I visited Oklahoma City and I know that the city has seen some changes. In fact, I was last there prior to the infamous bombing that took place downtown. In downtown, we visited the beautiful, cylindrical, glass-enclosed Myriad Gardens that at the time was surrounded by construction dirt. Then we grabbed lunch in a fairly empty underground mall. Out in the western suburban part of the city, where we stayed at a nice Embassy Suites, we went to a western wear store to get a sense for Oklahoma cowboy fashion. While I didn't really explore much beyond that I got the sense that the city was on the rise and full of potential. I understand that now it has water taxis, an NBA team, and more tourist appeal, so I am curious to visit it again.
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