On the Road with Tom and Gloria travel blog

 

245 foot Chisholm Trail walkway

 

Shared my visit with two little cowboys

 

one of many fabulous sculptures


The bed at the Waco Fairfield Inn was incredibly comfortable - so comfortable ,in fact, that I slept until 8:30 this morning. Mad dash to get my free breakfast, go back upstairs and shower, and get on the road by 10 am.

I decided that I would stop in Duncan, Oklahoma to visit the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. Well worth the time and effort. This is not a very big place but has displays that are put together in incredibly interesting ways.

I went on a short tour with Susie the guide. Accompanying me was a Mom with her two adorable young boys. Our first stop was the theater that showed a film about a 19th century cattle drive. The film opened with "Cookie" making bacon, biscuits and beans for the cowboys' breakfast. The smell of bacon permeated the theater. Next there was a storm and raindrops fell on the audience - the storm led to a stampede and the theater shook! At one point we heard a cowboy riding his horse coming from behind us and then suddenly he came on the screen. It was all very wonderful .

Besides watching the two little boys ride a horse or try to rope a steer, my favorite other interactive exhibit was " You Are The Trail Boss". I took a herd of cattle on the Chisholm Trail and as six or so different problems arose I was presented with choices to make - a voice would say "whatcha gonna do?" At one point I lost ten head fording a river. Hey - I'm from Brooklyn!

The art gallery was lovely - I particularly loved the sculpture. This was a great stop.

Since there aren't too many hotels in Duncan Oklahoma, I drove another one and a half hours to Oklahoma City. Did lots of touring here last year so tomorrow on to Kansas.

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