Canals and Cowboys
Trip Start Apr 27, 2009
76Trip End Apr 27, 2010
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As the weather forecast didn't look so good for later in the week we decided to head downtown on Thursday to the Oklahoma City bombing memorial and museum. I've been to see quite a few statues and memorials during my trip (hmmm, that sounds a bit weird but hey-ho!) but the one in Oklahoma was definitely one of the most poignant. They have a beautiful tranquil reflecting pool where the street used to run in front of the federal building with gates either side representing the times before and after the bomb went off. In the area where the building used to stand there are chairs representing each of the people who died - big chairs for adults and small chairs for the children
After the museum we headed into Bricktown for lunch at a Mexican restaurant before going to the Crystal Bridge which is a tropical rainforest in an unusual looking building. There were all sorts of tropical trees and some unusual little lizards which were very difficult to spot. After a wander through the gardens outside we went back to Bricktown for a trip on the canal that was built in 1999. The canal runs in between some old warehouses, many of which have been converted into bars and restaurants, and past some newer buildings that have been built in the same style so that they fit in - including the new baseball stadium
On Friday we headed to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum (phew!) where there are a huge variety of items related to both cowboys and Native Americans. It was an enjoyable visit - some of the paintings are so lifelike you'd think they were photographs, it's amazing. After watching the videos of the rodeo shows though I'm glad we didn't go to one of those - it looks scary! For dinner we met one of Jonessa's daughters, Karen, and her family at a Japanese steakhouse where they cook the food on a hot plate in front of you, brilliant! The steak and chicken were delicious and I very generously passed my vegetables on to everyone else (particularly Jonessa), selfless eh? Afterwards we went back to Karen's house for a chat and a nice glass of wine beside their swimming pool, lovely.
We had a quiet weekend except for trips out for ice cream and donuts and a quick trip to find the Amtrak station so we knew where to go on Monday morning to catch my train. It was nice to relax and catch up with some tv viewing. For my final night we went out to dinner with Jonessa's other daughter, Helene, and her family at the Elephant Bar. They cooked the food in a more traditional setting (i.e. the kitchen!) but it was equally delicious and I really enjoyed it.
I had a great time in Oklahoma City, it was nice to meet Jonessa's family and have some home comforts. Thanks Jonessa! I enjoyed the Amtrak train so much I've booked another journey on it to Chicago - a shorter journey this time though....only 21 hours!