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Oct 17, 2018 - Woolaroc

We have decided to do a short road trip for some sightseeing and maybe some autumn foliage. Our first planned stop is Woolaroc in Bartlesville; but, first lunch at a greasy spoon in Kellyville. Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, country estate of oil baron Frank Phillips, houses a vast collection of western art. The unusual name is derived from woods, lakes, and rocks that are indigenous to the Osage area. The wildlife preserve is 3700 acres and is home to bison, elk, longhorns, and many other animals. We really enjoyed our time...

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Sep 19, 2018 - Bartlesville & Pawhuska

Mon, Tue & Wed Sept 17 - 19 We had to stick around Branson over the weekend to pickup my mail on Mon morning. It shipped out on Tue instead of on Mon so it made it late for a Sat morning pickup. We made another visit to the Cowboy Church on the strip on Sunday morning. Didn’t do much over the weekend, did stop by the Outback Pub on Sat night to see what the band was all about. Another Rock & Roll group, one drink each an were out’a there. We did swing back down to the waterfront mall and picked up a little Moonshine for a couple of Sandi’s...

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Aug 30, 2018 - Pawhuska & Bartlesville

We debated having breakfast at the hotel since we were stopping at the Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska on the way to Bartlesville. But, we've heard stories of lines around the block to get in for breakfast so we had breakfast at the hotel, checked out, and headed east. It was a nice, pleasant ride. We were totally surprised to find absolutely no crowds at all, parked right by the door, and were seated immediately. We had coffee, a scone, and cinnamon roll; saturated with way too much sugar for our liking; but, we had the experience....

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Sep 28, 2017 - The Rest of the Week

The rest of the week was spent doing more sight seeing, including a trip to Pawhuska, a small old town nearby. We sort of planned to visit a restaurant there, the Pioneer Woman. Unfortunately the line was a mile long, wrapping back and forth on itself like a Disneyland ride. Later we learned that this restaurant had become famous, serving as many as 6000 per day. Who knew this small town would become a destination town. We also drove to Osage Hills State Park and Hulah Lake near Sedan, Ks. We had thought we might go over there for a few...

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Sep 24, 2017 - Rustle

Some of us met again this morning for breakfast at the hotel. Most had already gone or were leaving early, but a few of us were there. All left with promises to meet again at our 55th. That afternoon, we invited family friend Rusty to come have dinner with us at the RV park. He does photo reclamations under the name of Opal's Farm and brought a scrapbook of some of his stuff. He is really very good and specializes in old small town and family pictures. It was fun to see the old photos of many of the areas we knew growing up. For dinner we...

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Sep 23, 2017 - A Busy Day-the Reunion

We met at our school at 10 in the morning for a tour through our old school. We graduated 584 in our class and ours was the last graduating class before they split the high school. So I graduated from College High School, while my younger sister graduated from Sooner High on the east side. The schools remained separate until 1984, when they were again combined. When they did that they renamed the school and chose a new mascot. Naturally we were all appalled and do not totally recognize the new mascot. Ours was the Wildcat. That said, they...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Woolaroc Museum

After a good night's rest we planned our day and our visit to Bartlesville. It had been a long time since we were here last, so at the top of the list was a visit to Woolaroc Museum. This is on the Frank Phillips ranch, the founder of Phillips Petroleum company. I have good memories of going there as a child, to visit the museum and for picnics at the ranch. We always took company there when they came to visit. They have a good collection of Indian artifacts, guns, sculptures and original paintings. I never really appreciated the artifacts...

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Sep 22, 2017 - The Reunion Begins

We went shopping this morning and just drove around town a bit looking at the changes. Also stopped at the RV place to make an appointment to have the trailer brakes looked at since Don did not think they were working properly. We went online to arrange for new tires for the truck and RV in Lawrence when we were done in Bartlesville. This evening was the first activity for our reunion. It was held at the Bartlesville Garden Hilton. This evening was a drink and hors d'oerve reception. Our organizers did a wonderful job with name tags. Each...

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Sep 20, 2017 - Bartlesville

After coffee and breakfast, we said our goodbyes, with Larry and Grace going north for a family get together and us going east a bit south towards Bartlesville. This is the town where I grew up, the home of Phillips Petroleum Company, and the site of my 50th high school reunion. We did stop in Goddard to have lunch with Michael. And I did have to spring for it. But it was a good visit and we are looking forward to seeing him again after the reunion. About 65 miles from B'ville, and just before we turned south, we were stopped by the highway...

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Oct 13, 2015 - Class of'67

It was a great visit with Michael. On the last day we drove around the area-went to an antique store, then followed some back roads that he was familiar with on the way home. We saw some interesting old buildings and a double stone arch bridge. All things that a surveyor would know about. We told him goodbye at 6:30 in the morning then he went back to work and we continued on our way. Today saw us heading south out of Kansas to Hula Lake, just over the state line in eastern Oklahoma. We are staying at Wa Sha She state park. It is a corps of...

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May 8, 2014 - Rainy Day In Bartlesville

A rainy day is a good day to visit museums. First stop was the Phillips 66 Museum. The docent was no where near as good as Marcella at Conoco but I learned about Phillips Petroleum just the same. Ever wonder why 66? There are so many myths about the trademark but here is the true story according to the museum info. A special executive committee meeting was called to settle the trademark question. Phillips had been tossing 66 around because the gravity of their new fuel was in the range of 66 but that was dismissed. The name Route 66 was...

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Mar 29, 2014 - Osage Hills State Park

This morning we departed Shawnee and continued our journey into northwestern Oklahoma and the Osage Hills. This is a beautiful area and the endless shoreline along many lakes in this part of the state make it one of the highest miles of shoreline states in the country. That's really hard to imagine. Bartlesville is home of Phillips 66 and I don't think we saw another brand of gasoline/diesel in the whole surrounding area. That seems appropriate, support the local folks who made the community stronger by making their business here. There was...

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