Blogs from Oklahoma, United States, North America - page 4


Départ à 8h15, 27 845 miles au compteur. Nous quittons Joplin sous le soleil avec quelques nuages dans le ciel. Un petit tour par le Kansas qui est traversé par la route 66 pendant une vingtaine de km, pour voir le pont de Riverton, le seul encore en état sur les trois construits sur ce modèle. Nous prenons ensuite une parallèle à l’inter-state pour rejoindre Catoosa où on ne peut pas rater la baleine bleue, qui en fait ne présente aucun intérêt. Nous nous arrêtons après quelques kilomètres pour faire le plein d'essence : 9,950 gallons pour 35,81$ et 28 013 km au compteur. Nous visitons ensuite le musée Gilcrease à Tulsa et prenons la route 33 pour rejoindre Oklahoma City que nous atteignons à 14h15. Il est temps d'aller prendre notre repas de midi au ... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Guthrie May 30th 2013

Got up early on Thursday and were greeted to a windy and sunny day, at least it was sunny until we hooked up the car to the Camp Boss, of course it rained hard for the two minutes it took to hook up the tow bar and cables. Then it stopped. For the first time since we left Virginia we had a tail wind, and it stayed w/ us all the way to OKC ;-) The road was good for the most part, but the short exceptions were rough!!! Gave the old Camp Boss a thorough rattle test and it passed. It's been many years since our last trip up I-35, we used to make the trip often when we were stationed at Bergstrom AFB from 1987-1990 (Austin Tx). The first big change we noticed was ... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Weatherford May 30th 2013

DEDICATION The Hysterical Journey to Historic Places is dedicated to the fond remembrance of Alan Dail Markum. I only knew him for a short while many years ago in the army. We were in the same platoon in D-4-4 during Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lenard Wood, MO between November of 1967 and January of 1968. Alan had just graduated with honors from law school and had joined the Oklahoma Army Reserve in order to avoid the draft and a tour of duty in Vietnam. That sort of thing normally enraged those of us in the regular army, but Alan had such a wonderful personality that he was forgiven and actually became a sort of beloved mascot among us. He had a peculiar gait, and it was painfully difficult sometimes for him ... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Shawnee May 26th 2013

COMING HOME Day 29: May 27, 2013 I finished my cold pizza breakfast and then paid a visit up Hwy 62 to the little town of Boley, OK. Boley was incorporated in 1905 on land belonging to the Creek Nation as an all-black community capable of self-government. Oklahoma boasted of about two dozen such communities. It is still an all-black community but it seems to have fallen on hard times. All of the nice old brick buildings that used to house thriving hubs of industry are closed down and boarded up. The only places open are a liquor store and the post office. A few of its good citizens were found lounging on a street corner and all of them were already drunk by 9am. In more prosperous days Boley had a ... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Okemah May 26th 2013

COMING HOME Day 28: May 26, 2013 Much to my chagrin I had to pass through Memphis again, but this time I did not get hopelessly lost for an hour. I began looking for a motel in Checotah, OK but did not find one. The American Idol from 2005, Carrie Underwood, is a Checotah girl. When I was in the army I had a pal named Marvin Nichols who was also from Checotah. I made a few visits with him to that little town back in 1969 and 1970 and tried to find the home where his family lived back then. That little town has changed somewhat since then so I didn’t find it. Marvin can’t sing very well at all. There was a grocery outlet there called Nichol’s Dollar Saver; a ... read more

The four of us from DMEI met at the institute and were picked up by Airport Express a few minutes after five...actually closer to 5:20...long enough to get just a bit worried the van wouldn't show! We met up with the OU CCEW team to fly to Los Angeles. We are all at Will Rogers World Airport ...lining up at Gate to see the world! Next up date from LA!... read more

May 14, 2013 (Oklahoma City, OK) Final preparations for Dean McGee's Global Eye Care Program's visit to Chengdu, China are underway. Final clinical responsibilities, packing, and getting the best seating we can on the flights over are all done. One more day of work to tidy things up before we leave for ten days. The team this year includes two DMEI faculty, one fellow, one resident, two ophthalmologists from Kaiser Permanente Northern California and eight members from the University of Oklahoma's CCEW program. The primary goal of this trip is to finalize and sign an agreement with Sichuan Provincial People's Hospitalto pilot and implement a plan to open the Sichuan Eye Institute (SPEI) in Chengdu. This "sister" eye institut... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » El Reno May 9th 2013

Yesterday afternoon we carefully watched the northwest skies, hoping for a glimmer of what might be expected once the sun went down. As with the rest of Oklahoma, once the sun sets and cold and warm fronts collide, it's anyone's guess as to what to expect. There was lightening early on in the evening. It was somewhat difficult to see as our location was rather low in the canyon and the cliffs did serve to block some of the view. However, after dark, the northwest skies lit up! Had we been top-side, I am sure the show would have been spectacular. As it was, we had our nightly s'mores and headed in to bed. No movie -we were beet from the "strenuous" activities of the day. ... read more
Mother Goose with her Babies - Goslings
Cynde was Mesmerized by the Canola
Rigged Out Headin' Home

North America » United States » Oklahoma » El Reno May 8th 2013

Some places demand a return visit. Roman Nose State Park is one of those places. Although we visited in March, May provides an entirely new perspective and definitely new experiences! Rather than being bundled up to face the cold north chill, our attire is shorts and tees. After all, when you go paddling, you have to dress for the occasion! Our trip out from the City mandated a lunch stop at Eischen’s for chicken and okra. In case you have not been to Okarche in a while, the rumors on the internet are not true. Eischen's has not closed, as noted on Urban spoon. For $14 you can get a whole chicken, cut, breaded and deep fried. Throw in about two quarts of fried okra, and you are set for a walking coronary! The okra was ... read more
Settled in for the Night
It's a Long, Hard Trail
Water Sports

North America » United States » Oklahoma April 29th 2013

Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge is located off of Highway 44, between OKC and Lawton, OK. According to their website and brochure, it was established by President McKinley in 1901. It is approximately 59,000 acres where the bison and the Texas longhorn roam freely. When looking at the skyline, the mountains do not look like typical mountains but it is said that they are indeed mountains but unlike the Blue Ridge mountain, Washington Mountain, The Rockies-most of the mountain at Wichita is still underground. There are many stories of the past, many include lost treasures that were buried by the Native Americans and the Spanish colony. During the early 1900s, mining was popular. There is much more information at the well put together Visitor Center with interactive displays, movie documentary of the Refuge, and helpful people runn ... read more
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

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