Monday, April 6, 2015


Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Springtime in Oklahoma City

Bricktown Oklahoma City
Bombing Memorial site Oklahoma City & Field of Chairs

Water canal runs through renovated Bricktown

We left Palm Desert on March 2nd after 2 and 1/2 lovely months there. That is the longest we have been in one spot since we sold our home 4 years ago! Driving east, we spent a couple of weeks in Arizona before moving on to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Aside from there being many more people in New Mexico than when we visited  with our motorhome in the late 90s, not much has changed. 

Since we were familiar with Arizona and New Mexico, the most interesting part of this leg of the journey was Oklahoma. It is the one state we had never been in. 

Schoolhouse Har-Ber Village
One room school house
We were very impressed with Oklahoma City. Bricktown, a former factory and warehouse district, has been renovated with restaurants, movies, shops and a baseball stadium. A canal with water taxis runs through the area. The Myriad Gardens add to the appeal of the downtown area. In the heart of the city, the Oklahoma City National Memorial site stands as a poignant reminder of  the April 1995 bombing of the federal building in which 168 people died. An empty chair represents each life lost.

Jail and Gallows Har-Ber Village

We also enjoyed Tulsa, the second largest city in Oklahoma. Then it was time to visit a small town - Grove on the Grand Lake of the Cherokees. The lake was formed in 1940 by the creation of a damn. With 1,300 miles of shoreline, it is a popular summer destination. Harvey and Bernice Jones were among the part time residents. Well known philanthropists in northwest Arkansas, they turned their property in Grove into an incredible antique village. There are over 100 buildings and Har-Ber Village is known to be one of the best outdoor museums of pioneer life in America.