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Tulsa Tourists

Hank – We tried to sleep in but neither of us got a good night’s sleep. You’d think that wouldn’t be a problem since we have nearly all the comforts of home in the hotel but it happens. We relaxed during the morning and then headed out for lunch and a walkabout in the Arts District in the downtown area. After lunch we walked around the area for a while. Murals plaster a lot of the available wall space.

We checked out the Philbrook Downtown, an art museum. It had some interesting exhibits. The chalk drawing of Artic ice and ocean was really cool. It fills a wall that is about 70 feet long and maybe 16 feet high. You can’t take a picture of the whole thing without a wide angle lens. It will be erased when its time is up. There was also a lot of Native American art. And a video connecting 88 scans of core ice drilled in Greenland going down over 3000 feet. The video lasts 4-1/2 hours. We didn’t stay for the whole show.

We stopped in at the Guitar House so I could pick up a tuner. I’ve been tuning my ukulele by ear and it sounds like it. Blecchh! We met Ty who manages the shop. When he found out we were from out of town he asked if we wanted a free t-shirt. They like to give t-shirts with the store name on the front to people as a form of advertising. Sure, we said. I also chatted with Ty about microphones and amplifiers. I explained what my plans were for playing and singing and he gave me some recommendations. I noted them down. He said I could call him up once I get back home and we could work out a deal. I’ll make sure I ask for him when I do that.

Ty also mentioned that this area is exploding in popularity. It looks that way, too. There are lots of shops and restaurants. Old buildings are being revitalized. And there’s some new construction, too. We met Casey at a shop where we picked up a couple of decorative items to send home. He thought our adventure was pretty cool and wished us well. He told us about the Tulsa Tough, a local three-day cycling event, and how he lives near Crybaby Hill, the slowest and steepest part of the course that has a great history. Kathy’s not keen on doing the Tulsa Tough.

There’s a baseball field nearby where the local minor league team, the Tulsa Drillers, play. It reminded me of Avista Field in Spokane where the Spokane Indians are hosted.

We walked to the Post Office where we sent home the stuff we bought along with some of Kathy’s clothing that she no longer wants to haul around the country.

We had a late but pleasant dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and then looked at our plans for tomorrow, which involve high winds coming from the north for the next two days. Does the wind ever blow at less than 20 mph in Oklahoma?

Kathy – Hank pretty much explained our day nicely. We relaxed in the morning. Then we did a lot of walking the rest of the day exploring Tulsa, Oklahoma’s museums, shops, restaurants, and viewing the downtown buildings architecture and the many artistic sculptures and paintings about. It was good to spend today walking rather than riding. It was a relaxing day off. 😊

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