Friday
Jun112010

Day 14 - America is small towns.

We wanted to post this little video that Chris threw together before we headed out for the day. There will be much more later.

One of our intentions on this trip was to travel with no agenda, no itinerary and no schedule. When we got to Baxter Springs, this plan really paid off. Wednesday when we arrived here our original thought was to spend wednesday night and then back track to Joplin for their "Boom Town Days", which is basically a county fair to you and me. Although we had thought we would head to Tulsa first thing Friday morning after taking a look at the Boom Town Days schedule online we found out there was a bubble gum blowing contest Friday at 1PM. We just couldn't imagine not being there for that.

Boom Town Days was fun enough, keep in mind we NEVER go to the county fair at home either so we are not really a fan of this type of stuff in general but you can tell the kids are having fun.

This seemed a bit out of place considering we were in middle america. You wouldn't think a petting zoo would be of as much interest to kids that didn't live in big ciities... but there were kids there and they were enjoying it.

But the real reason we went was to see the kids blowing bubbles... I'm not really sure who won the contest. They were all given gifts out of a big bucket of toys anyway.

The other reason we wanted to stay till Friday was to have a chance to see some baseball on Don's Field of Dreams. Late Wednesday night, after meeting Don and getting a tour of his ball park we had eMailed him to see if there were any games coming up, late Thursday night we got a note from his wife and she told us that there was indeed a 3PM and a 5PM game on Friday so after Boom Town Days we headed back to the Field of Dreams to watch a game.

We didn't have time to watch a whole game but we cut out after a few innings and headed to Tulsa. On our way we stopped off at what was at one time the largest McDonalds in the world. It actually spans Interstate 44. Mind you we didn't drive the Interstate so, in order to get to it we had to approach from a frontage road and park in what must have been an employee parking lot.

12 miles outside of Tulsa is the iconic Blue Whale. Its been here for years and there are docks on the pond and slides off the whale into the water. The problem is that the pond is now filled with some snake that is very poisonous so there is no swimming anymore, (we never would have considered it anyway).

This was also the place that Scott had told us to call us from on our way. He gave us an adress to a place to meet him and his family and we headed off to Tulsa.

We met the Owens clan at some burger place that actually knew Scott by name. Scott tells us that the grill in this place is something like 130 years old and is THEE grill that the very first hamburger was ever made on. Sounds like a wiki search is in order. It was on Peoria Ave in Tulsa.

After dinner we went back to 66 to take a group photo. Tomorrow we go to the race tracks to see Carter race. Should be a blast.

 

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Reader Comments (7)

Love it! Just love it ! Thanks for the tour of The Little Brick Inn - they bring your breakfast upstairs? Such fun.

Friday, June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick

So glad you are appreciating so much of a part of the USA that often gets overlooked. I have so many fond memories of visiting my Grandma Gladys Roehm at her home on Elm Street in Washington, Illinois. I never realized how old her home was until my Uncle Cliff Roehm commented that his mom's house was probably a hundred years old, and this was back in 1985. Yes, everything pretty much creaked, but that is truly part of the charm.

Friday, June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Roehm

Cheers! Cheers! They have a Cheers in OK? Everyone knows Scott's name?

Saturday, June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick

So happy to be going down Route 66 with you guys. What a blast. I did it years ago on Greyhound bus taking a group of kids to the Green Lake, Wis. campground. Left LA and non stop bus via 66. Day and night bus. Stormy, and dark most of the time. Never forget the experience.

Saturday, June 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaggie whaley

Wow! What a wonderful travel blog which includes my home state, Oklahoma. I want to give note to a small correction. The McDonald's you included on this post spans I-44 near Tulsa not I-40 (an East to West interstate highway further South which also goes through Oklahoma City.) Thanks for your OK mention! Lori @lofolulu

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Okay, I watched it again the other day and today took a peek because I had sent it to a friend, Constance White.

I love this visit to the old hotel. There are so many things I loved about the entire trip - all of it was terrific - but a few of them were over the top of my heart. They make me tear up and it is good because I have dry eye syndrome - but I also love the love you are showing for the midwest. In truth? I have never missed it until I saw it through your eyes and Beth's eyes through the camera. You both were great at this.

I love the end where you meet Dan Rice and how all of it fits together like a story that almost could not be true - but it is. Good job, well done. I am blessed to know both of you but even more blessed to be your Mother and Mother-in-Love.

Monday, September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick (Mother)

Years later watching this all again - I will feel the same way. It is a time when I can say, "You didn't HAVE to be there. . ." All you have to do is read about your trip and see the pictures, watch the videos and you HAVE been there. Great trip. Love, Mother

Thursday, June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick

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