Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – We pulled out of Terra Starr RV Park in Checotah, Oklahoma at 9am this morning headed west to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We’re making a stop along the way to have lunch with my long time friend from church Susan Randels Ward in Shawnee, OK about 90 minutes west of Tulsa. We have not seen each other in at least 30 years, probably more.
Here’s Susan and I today! Susan took us into the old downtown part of Shawnee for lunch at an old local restaurant, Hamburger King. You order on the phone that is in your booth. I got to experience ordering that way and it was cool! The burgers were quite delicious and it was really neat to enjoy some of their local charm. We both really appreciate Susan taking us there!
On our way there we drove through Oklahoma Baptist University where Susan graduated from. Her dad, my childhood pastor, and her mom (Bro. and Mrs. Randels as I knew them) went there also! Beautiful old campus that has grown considerably since Susan graduated.
We had a wonderful visit, catching up on everyone in each other’s lives. We have so many common childhood and youth memories and couldn’t possibly touch on each of them during a short visit, but we tried hard too!
On Tuesday (yesterday) we went into Tulsa, OK and looked around. It’s a spread out beautiful city. We made a stop at Sam’s Club and ate for the first time ever at a Whataburger. Very good food! We wanted to see a movie but of the 10 showing there wasn’t one we wanted to see.
On our way back to the RV Park we stopped at Matt and Alanna’s again. Matt was outside working hard cutting the grass and we sat inside in the cool with Alanna and the girls. We played and visited. When we were here on Saturday none of the pictures we took were of Alanna or I so we corrected that and got a couple today!
Until I knew exactly when we were leaving the Tulsa area, I couldn’t make reservations for travels past the park we were in. That’s usually not a problem. However yesterday afternoon and evening when I called multiple parks in and around Oklahoma City they were all full. Seems the flooding and tornadoes have misplaced a lot of people into parks and brought insurance adjusters into the area. I tried RV parks, state parks, city parks, casinos and nothing. If it was available it was well out of what we want to pay. Because of that, we’ll be staying a couple of nights in a Walmart parking lot in Shawnee and one in Oklahoma City. We don’t mind the Walmart set up, but we’ve never done it two nights in a row.
To show you how quickly RV life changes, we now have reservations for two nights at the Shawnee Exposition Center in Shawnee. A friend (fellow RVer) who is from Oklahoma mentioned it, we called and they have plenty of openings! We are now here parked under some nice shade trees enjoying the Oklahoma sunshine. It’s rained so many days that I want to acknowledge the goodness of God’s beautiful sunshine!!! We are about 35 miles from Oklahoma City and will spend all day tomorrow in the city trying to see and do all we can fit into one day!
Our recent plans were to stay in the OKC area a week and then head west to Amarillo, TX, Albuquerque, NM and up to Colorado. Seems most of those places are having weather issues also, so we’re changing course again and going to head up toward Wichita, KS after leaving Shawnee and stay for a week at a Coast to Coast park there. From there we’ll go west to Colorado and hope to stay at least a month in that state!
That about sums up all that’s going on and is planned.
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