Oklahoma Trip


We took a little trip this weekend!  The girls were out of school for inservice, so we roadtripped to Oklahoma to visit my mother.  We actually met her at the Oklahoma City Zoo, where we spent a few hours before heading to her place.

I love the Oklahoma City Zoo.  We have a fabulous zoo in our own town, but the OKC Zoo is so old and pretty, and the animal selection is different there.  Unfortunately, the sea lion show is over for the season, but since the last time I visited, they've added a stingray pool!  You can pet stingrays and sharks!  











  
We spent the rest of the trip at my mom's house in a small town east of the city.  I came home with a box of linens that had belonged to my great-grandmother and her mother, and some old family photos.  We also visited my grandpa at his nursing home.  

Instead of heading home our usual way, I veered straight north in order to hop on old Route 66.  Along Route 66 is Arcadia, Oklahoma, home of this beautiful Round Barn:


and home to Pops, a store (and restaurant, although I haven't eaten there) that carries more soda pop than you ever knew existed.  I don't drink soda much, and I have rules about the girls drinking it, but this was a special occasion.  The girls chose fruity Japanese sodas, I had a butterscotch soda, and we brought Mr. B a six-pack of old-fashioned Dr. Pepper, made with real sugar.


This was our second road trip in three weeks, so I thought I'd share what we listened to in the car to pass the time.  The girls and I have enjoyed some great audiobooks lately!  On our trip to Kansas City, we listened to Stockard Channing read Ramona Quimby, Age 8, and on our way home, we listened to Elaine Stritch read The Best Halloween Ever, another sequel to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  On this trip, we listened to the audio cd of Wait Till Helen Comes, which the girls loved and declared "not really scary," and on the way home, we enjoyed Sutton Foster's reading of Betsy-Tacy.




It's cooled off here at home.  It rained yesterday, and I've been sick.  I had planned to do the Historic Midtown Home Tour on Sunday, but I stayed home instead.  The good news is that I've noticed more leaves starting to change.  I hope to feel better soon so we can go leaf-gathering!  Hope everyone is fine where you are!

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  1. Oh man, I've got to get some Ramona on tape, Julia would love that! And we have GOT to get The Best/Worst Halloween Ever! Julia would LOVE that too!

    You guys have such fun outings, you really really do. Stingrays and sharks, oh my!

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    1. It was a rushed trip. We got a late start on the road, then missed the turn to the zoo. We only had about 2 1/2 hours before closing, and it's a big place. I admit I didn't touch any sharks or stingrays. I pet a stingray at Sea World years ago. Sharks make me nervous. :)

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  2. I never knew about a Soda place like that! How interesting to be able to taste all those soda! I want to get some audio books as well. Never really got a chance to try them for kiddo!

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    1. It's a pretty cool store! Soda and I don't get along too well - I used to drink so much Coke that I wound up in the emergency room with a kidney infection in college - but as an occasional treat, hey, why not. And they only get varieties made without high fructose corn syrup, such as Mexican Coke or the Dublin Dr. Pepper you see above.

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  3. My parents took me to the OKC Zoo earlier this year (last year? can't remember) to see the baby elephant. Adorable! I've never been to Pops, even though it's only a bit out of the way to my parents' house. I didn't know that had such a variety. I don't generally do soda as a rule (too sweet!), but I'm definitely tempted.

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    1. Wasn't the elephant the sweetest? The battery on my good camera had died by that point, so the only pictures I took were with my phone, which isn't the best.

      There are thousands of sodas at Pops. It's crazy!

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  4. What a fun outing! We visited a cool zoo recently too, but there were no elephants -and my eldest wanted to see one having recently read Dumbo :)
    I love the Ramona books, so cool that you found an audiobook.
    Get well soon! :)

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    1. Thank you! A little better today, but I didn't sleep well last night. Grrr... The baby elephant was so sweet. We have African elephants at our zoo in Wichita, with the ivory tusks. I love being able to see both kinds!

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