Visiting Oklahoma City
Apr 23, 2009
|Today was to be our last day in Oklahoma City. We were in no hurry to get out and about, so we had our morning coffee, and then decided to have some bacon, eggs and toast, to get ourselves fueled up.
We decided that there was more to see than just the cowboy museum and the memorial. We headed downtown to the area known as “Bricktown”.
What a neat place this is! The downtown is so neat and clean, filled with quaint shops and eateries.
We parked at Bass Pro and went inside to shop for a bit, while waiting for the trolley.
While we wandered around in the Bass Pro store, my cell phone rang. We were delighted to see that it was Bob & Lynda Soady, calling from Bend, Oregon. Lynda has a sister living here in Oklahoma City, so they are familiar with the sights and places to visit.
We enjoyed our conversation with Bob & Lynda, who we first met in Branson at the RV Dreams rally in June of 2008.
We discovered that the trolley wouldn’t arrive for another hour and a half, so we walked along the “Riverwalk”, taking time for pictures. This is a beautiful area with some great artwork.
They have a wonderful baseball stadium downtown and I wished that we had time to take in a game.
The trolley arrived right at the scheduled time and we rode through the Bricktown area, then north to the National Memorial.
It was a sobering visit to this well planned Memorial. The empty chairs sit on the “footprint” of the Murrah Federal Building. Each of the 168 chairs symbolizes a life lost, with smaller chairs representing the 19 children killed.
The reflecting pool occupies what was once N.W. Fifth Street, which was the street in front of the Murrah Building, where the Ryder truck, filled with explosives, detonated at 9:02 AM on April 19, 1995.
The museum is extremely interesting, yet a very somber experience. Every American should visit this place to remind ourselves that twisted minds, filled with hate, are ready to kill innocent people, including women and children, simply to demonstrate that they have a different agenda. We must be ever alert to those who would destroy our freedom and our way of life.
By the time we finished with the museum, it was the middle of the afternoon. Both of us were hungry and ready to head for some good food.
We rode the trolley back to the Bass Pro parking lot, passing the Botanical Gardens and an outdoor art festival, with food stands everywhere.
We had made up our mind to try the “County Line BBQ”, which has a well known reputation for great food.
By the time we finished our meal we were ready for some rest.
Back at the RV, we relaxed for awhile. I even took a short power nap.
Now it is time to get the journal written and some pictures posted for you.
We continue our journey toward Hannibal tomorrow. We plan to spend the next two nights in Topeka, Kansas, where I once served in the US Air Force at Forbes AFB.
Hopefully, everything will be routine on our trip, but you never know in advance, what adventures tomorrow will have in store…..