Tuesday, August 11, 2009

OKC Vacay!!

We had a great time this past weekend hanging out in Oklahoma City. Brian took a half day off from work on Friday and we were on the road by 1:30. We had an easy drive up and arrived around 4:30. Brian's grandfather and his wife live in OKC so we buzzed them up and out to dinner we all went. After a great meal we headed over to Lake Hefner. A beautiful lake with a walking path, a lighthouse, and lots of sailboats! Lake Hefner is special to Granddad and Sylvia because it is the place of their engagement! We saw the very bench they were sitting on when Granddad asked for her hand in marriage!! So sweet!! After the lake we headed to their house for some good old visiting!! I love visiting with family!

Saturday Granddad and Sylvia kept us busy!! After a lovely breakfast we headed over to the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum. April 19, 1995 was a tragic day for our nation and the people of Oklahoma City. The memorial and museum created are truly a place of honor, respect and remembrance. If you are ever in OKC I strongly encourage you to visit the memorial and museum. It is very well done and a beautiful place.

Next we visited the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. There is currently an exhibition being held "From Turner to Cezanne" and glasswork from Chihuly on display. We saw paintings by Renoir, Monet, Cezanne, Turner and so many more. Chihuly is famous for blown glass and his pieces are diverse, beautiful and huge!! I don't think he knows the definition of small.

Next we headed downtown to Bricktown where OKC has worked diligently to enhance and grow the downtown area. There is a canal, warehouses turned into restaurants, the ballpark for the Red Hawks, art museums and so much more. We had a Sonic break and Sylvia drove us around to show us what all Bricktown has to offer.

After a busy morning of sight seeing we headed back to the hotel. Granddad and Sylvia dropped us off, said goodbye and headed home. We took a moment to rest, freshen up and then back to Bricktown we went.

We enjoyed a nice meal at Bricktown Brewery then we headed down to the canal for a ride on the Water Taxi. The night was beautiful and the breeze helped you forget the warmer weather. Two stops by the Bricktown Candy Store and we had 6 bottles of fun sodas and some italian ice cream.

Sunday morning we had some quiet time back at the lake. The wind was blowing, the sun was warm and the time was peaceful. I think we should all have church by the lake every Sunday!!

There was one place left that we were determined to visit before heading home. Stillwater!! Where the air is clean, the OSU Cowboys play and Eskimo Joe's is slinging out burgers and fries!! It takes about an hour from OKC to get to Stillwater so we headed north. We had a HUGE lunch at Eskimo Joe's, bought a few souvenirs and then went to check out the campus and take a few pics.

With a full tank of gas and full bellies we headed home. Our weekend getaway felt more like a week long getaway. Very restful, very enjoyable!!

Here are some pictures from our trip.

Sunset at Lake Hefner

Brian and Granddad after dinner Friday night!

Saturday morning of vacation

These chairs represent a person lost in the bombing.
The tiles below were made by children from all over the world.

The Survivor Tree is seen below. This once frail tree was burned and scarred from the bombing. Since then it has been nurtured and cared for. The beautiful elm grows in honor off those who survived and in remambrance of those lost.
This 3-story piece of blown glass is a signature piece for Chihuly. Truly amazing.

Water Taxi on the Bricktown Canal..we went for a ride in the evening.

Brian, me, Sylvia and Granddad

Street performer!! Very cool Fire Breather!

A pic of us that evening waiting in line for the Water Taxi.

And of course..a great finish to a great weekend!! Above are pics of our campus visit and our fabulous meal at Eskimo Joe's..Below THE MILKSHAKE!! Brian saw on the menu that the shakes had been featured on Unwrapped..so he had to have one!! Excellent!!


Leslie said...

Thank you for visiting the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and mentioning us in your blog! Love your photo!

Walt and Sarah said...

Love the sunset at Lake Hefner pic! WOW! Stunning! (Love sunsets but I'm a sucker for lighthouses too!) Sounds like a great time!

Cheryl Barker said...

Sounds like you had a great time. I haven't been to OK City since they completed the OK City Memorial and Museum. Would like to see it someday and sounds like their art museum is a must-see, too. So glad you had fun!

Chad & Amy said...

What a fun way to end your summer (school is right around the corner). How did Brian's toe do with all that walking?

Glad you were able to have a break.

LisaShaw said...

So glad you both had a wonderful time. Loved the photos!!!

Have a great end of summer into the fall.

Hugs and blessings.

Engagement Picture

Engagement Picture
Just wanted to add another pic to our blog and this is one I really like!!