Monday, July 21, 2008

Yippie Yi Yo - Texas Here We Come

So, we went to Texas last month. Or, shall I clarify and say we DROVE to Texas last month. By 'we' I mean Rob.

We made the trip in 13.5 hours, which included a couple of gas stops and a stop for lunch.

The last few times we drove to Texas, we packed a picnic lunch and stopped along the Turnpike. The drive down I-44, particularly once you hit the Turnpike in Oklahoma, can be long and monotonous (the upside is that the Turnpike allows you to careen down the interstate at a higher rate of speed and you get to your destination sooner...and having viewed fewer billboards). When E1 and E2 were younger they were just fine with a rest area picnic; running off some energy, blowing bubbles, discovering bugs.

But then there was that one time we picnicked in 104 degree weather.

The last time we drove to Texas I was pregnant with E3, and although she has never had the chance to enjoy a roadside picnic, this time I didn't think a picnic along the turnpike was going to cut it with the older girls.

Above all, I didn't want to have to stop at the country's former largest McD's (over the turnpike in Vinita, Ok).

So, some time before the trip I Googled 'I-44 St. Louis Oklahoma City attractions' or something...and discovered that this particular stretch of I-44 roughly follows the path of Old Route 66 (did you just start mentally singing Life Is A Highway? yeah, me too).

I borrowed The Route 66 Adventure Handbook from our library, with a vague plan of finding something interesting when we were ready to stop for lunch.

That's how we found ourselves having a picnic lunch at the world's tallest concrete totem pole in Foyil, Oklahoma.

The artist, Ed Galloway, also had a collection of over 300 fiddles - each made from a different kind of wood.

It was a nice way to break up the drive.

On the road again....listening to Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone.


Glenda said...

Beautiful fiddles.

I'll have to remember HP audio books when we take a long trip this fall. We frequently rent the HP audio books just for listening to around the house and they never get old.

Robo said...

I may have done the driving but Nancy doesn't fully disclose that our children hardly ever ask me for help unless Nancy is out of state or I stop them on the way to see her. She kept pretty busy with constant requests - it was mind numbing how many things they could need inside a van. Especially the bored 4 year old.

Anonymous said...

So when are you visiting again? I'm sure the girls miss my pool.