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.

3 comments:

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.