Travel

Some place special in OK

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Over spring break we went and explored the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.  We have never been there and thought it would be a good Oklahoma experience to share with Ben.  To get this picture, Bill set the camera on the van and then set the timer. Though he failed many times to get it; It didn’t turn out to bad.

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There’s lakes.

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There’s longhorn cattle.

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Prairie Dogs

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Buffalo.

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Rocks to climb on.

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We had some friends from Chickasha come and climb around on Mt. Scott with us.

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We had lunch on the patio in Medicine Park, OK.

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Medicine Park is made up of all these man made round rocks.   Most of the houses use the same rocks for the exterior.

History Part

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Our next stop was Betty Lou’s flower shop.  Devonne’s parents own it.  Devonne coordinated our trip and is the leader of our Girl Scout troop.  I didn’t get any pictures there.  It was Sat. before Mother’s Day, so they were very busy.

Next we went to the Moore-Lindsay Home.  It is the oldest standing home in Norman.  It was built in 1895.

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Jemma decided to take over the picture taking responsibilities.

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Since we have been to so many museums, the girls are starting to recognize things we have seen before.

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This is a square piano.  They didn’t make very many of them and they are very heavy.

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This house has 2 windows like a ship would have.  One window is this color and the other window was red.

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We’ve seen several fainting couches at museums.

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Jemma was really interested in the washstand and everything that goes with it.

On the road again.

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Our last GSA trip for the year was to Norman, OK.  Our first stop of the day was horseback riding at Lake Thunderbird stables.  The weather was fantastic, temp was perfect.  The only problem was the flies bothered the horses.

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It was a lot of fun.  I haven’t been horse back riding since the boys were little.  I wasn’t even sore the next day.

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The girls can’t wait to go horseback riding again.

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This is  Lake Thunderbird.

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The visitor’s center and sign at Lake Thunderbird is more up to date than the other centers or signs we have seen  this year.  The center looked very new.

Downtown Oklahoma

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One of the things we tried to do on our girl scout trip was eat at local places.   That didn’t work out like we planned.  This is picture of downtown Fairview, OK.  The places we had been told to eat at were out of business.

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This is Freedom, OK.  We were going to eat breakfast in this town, but there wasn’t any place to eat.

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All the buildings in the downtown area of Freedom looked like the old west.  We ended up eating at a gas station where two highways intersect.  On the map it is called Camp Houston.  The breakfast was good.

Far and Away, in Enid

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On Sept. 16, 1893, the Cherokee Strip in northern OK was opened up at noon for the largest land run in history.  There was 4 land offices built.  One in Enid, Alva, Woodward, and Perry, OK.  The only one left is in Enid.    The last day of our spring break GSA trip was spent in Enid.

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This is what the inside of the land office looks like.  2,100 claims were file through this office.

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The land run office, The 1905 Glidewell house can be found at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid, OK.  They have a really nice musuem and the Humphrey Heritge Village that also includes 1896 one room school house and a church from 1902.

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Our last stop of our trip was to Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse.  It’s a childrens museum.  I didn’t think the girls would want to stay very long, but they stayed for 3 hours.

Sand and Sod

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While on our spring break GSA trip we stopped at Little Sahara State Park in Waynoka, OK.  Little Sahara is a big sand pit in the NW OK.

 

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Due to spring break and the high volume of ATV 4 wheelers and dune buggies, we didn’t actually get to go out on the sand dunes, because it was unsafe.  The park is building an observation deck but aren’t done with it yet.  There was a patch of sand near the park office so the girls could play in the sand.

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Our next stop was the sod house in Aline, OK.  The house was built in 1894.  It was still being used for storage in 1963 when the state historical society aquired the house.  They built a three sided shed to go around it.  In the early 1980’s the state built a fully enclosed structure to protect it.  Here’s the website if you want more info http://www.okhistory.org/sites/sodhouse.

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The museum also has a huge shed of farm implements.

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I think this is a horse drawn corn picker.

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I think this is a horse drawn manure spreader.

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Planes, trains, and automobiles

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One of the places we stopped during our spring break girl scout trip was Waynoka, OK.  Back when flying in a plane wasn’t done at night, Waynoka played an intrical part in getting from New York to California.  You would leave New York at night on a train, arrive in Columbus OH at dawn, get on the plane and fly to Waynoka, OK, then board a train at dusk and get to California the next morning.  Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart both spent time in Waynoka.

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One of things that the train depot in Waynoka is known for is that it was a Harvey House.  A guy by the last name of Harvey, who was from England, got a contract from the railroad to set up restaraunts along the train line.  They used fine linens and china when they served guests.  Gentlemen were required to wear a jacket while eating at a Harvey House.  They had extra jackets if you didn’t have one.   The waitresses were known as Harvey Girls.  They couldn’t be married, they signed contracts to work for 3 years, and they lived above the restaraunt at the depot.

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The train still goes through Waynoka, but doesn’t stop anymore.  They have a locomotive you can climb all over, or pretend that it’s going to run you over.

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Part of the depot is still being restored.  The part where the Harvey House restaraunt was, is now a Mexican restaraunt.  We had lunch that day after our tour.

Devonne coordinated our trip for us.  One of the board members of the Historical society in Waynoka gave us a private tour.  The board members daughter was a roommate with Devonne in college, so we got extra special treatment.

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This building used to be a quilt store.  Before that it was a telephone office.  I was in the quilt store back in 2002.  The telephone company donated the building to the Historical society.  I can’t wait to see what they do with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the mountain tops to the caverns

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Our next stop was Alabaster Caverns State Park, in Freedom, OK.  It is a 45 min. walking tour below ground.

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This is the opening into the cavern.  This is the second time I have been in the cavern.  I went a couple years ago with the boys and their boy scout troop.

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There was a few bats in the cave.  I don’t remember seeing any last time.

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I need to work for the OK Tourism Dept.

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On Thursday during Spring Break, Jemma and I went on another Girl Scout trip.  We went to northwestern OK.  Our first sight was The Gloss Mountains, sometimes called the Glass Mountains, have a high Selenite content that mimics a shiny glass exterior when the sun hits it just right.

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The mountains are out by Fairview, OK.  We hiked to the top using stairs and then walked around on top of the plateau’s.  The elevation is 1651 feet.

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It was pretty chilly on top of the mountain.  I wore a long sleeve tshirt, sweatshirt, and a lined jacket with a knit cap.  Jemma was wearing her winter coat and  lined sweatshirt.

The reason these mountains are known by two different names is because the original map from 1873 called them the Glass Mountains and two years later a draftsman was miscopied an “o” for an “a” making them the Gloss Mountains.