There was no way around it, when we left Morrilton, AR we just had to stick to the Interstate 40, the 247 miles were sometimes easy. The rest of the miles were bouncy, rough and jarring.
We arrived at our hosts home in plenty of time to setup and rest and relax before dark. This stop is a Boondockers Welcome hosted stop. We’re on the south west side of Tulsa parked in the large back yard of the host! They are an awesome couple who have an acre of land with a large section in the rear yard heavily graveled, which makes it very comfortable for RV’ers. We’ve not been to Tulsa but, as it turns out there are several interesting thing to see and do. We visited four places, Woody Guthrie Center, Center of the Universe, Gathering Place and the Vintage Sewing Center and Museum.
Downtown is the site for the Woody Guthrie Center, where we learned so much about the man behind the music. Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was born July 14, 1912 in a smaller town (Okemah) not far from Tulsa. After paying our $10 each for admission, we learned Guthrie was married three times and fathered eight children. Perhaps his most famous song is “This Land is Your Land” , he wrote it while in New York. His music reflects the feelings, plight and uplifting the spirits of the common man. With over 3,000 songs written, each one in a log or journal book, here in this building for you to enjoy. The Guthrie Center is filled with his artwork, handwritten pages of his poems, music and some personal letters to his wife. There is also a section dedicated to his son Arlo Guthrie, who was/is still a big star and performs regularly.
When we left the Guthrie, we noted on Trip Advisor that nearby was something called “The Center of the Universe”. We took the short walk and found it easily. It’s located on an arch walk over the railroad tracks.
If you, while standing in the center of the circle speak, your voice resonates and is amplified. Strange and mysterious how, but fun nonetheless. Now, we can say we’ve been to the “Center of the Universe”.
The next day, we went to a new and wonderful feature in Tulsa called, “Gathering Place”. Built and opened last year it is set on over 100 acres next to the Arkansas River, the Gathering Place is one of the top 10 Event places in the country. One kid, said “There is Disneyland then there is Gathering Place”. When we entered the grounds, we constantly said “Whoa”. Unlike other parks, this one is not a water park or filled with rides but it is filled with playgrounds of different types for all ages. Walking paths abound for your health and well being. There’s even a bunch of canoes/kayaks to row. All of this for free!
When we were done enjoying the Gathering Place we noticed near our home was the Vintage Sewing Center and Museum. Admission to this is $10 each. There truly is something for everyone here. It’s a small well laid out museum occupying an old house. The variety of sewing machines on display is staggering, they have big ones, small ones, black ones, blue ones, green ones, colorful ones, old ones and new ones. The owner/manager is W.K. Binger, rhymes with Singer, is a wealth of info on the history of machines! W.K., as he likes to be known, is the restorer, oiler, painter, builder and info manager for everything sewing. If you want to learn more about sewing machines and the industry that evolved from the mid 1860’s to present, this is the place to visit. Plan on about an hour or two for a complete tour.