Showing posts with label Adventures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adventures. Show all posts

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July Weekend Adventure - Blue Whale of Catoosa

July Weekend Adventure - Blue Whale of Catoosa
Our fourth and last stop on our July weekend adventure was the Blue Whale of Catoosa. It's basically this giant whale in the middle of a little pond. It appears the pond used to be used for swimming and the whale was the diving board, but swimming is no longer allowed. That didn't stop Noah from trying to go down the slide (into the water!) And it didn't stop him from going to stand on the very edge of the tail of the whale.

I bet you didn't notice this, but in the picture above Noah is looking out one of the peep holes in the whale's nose. There was a ladder inside that allowed access to the upper deck inside the whale. 

Doesn't Noah look sad in the picture below? It was really hot out there and he wanted to play in the sand pile behind him, but I wouldn't let him get dirty. 

We didn't stay very long. Just stopped by to see it and experience it and then we were on our way back home.

Friday, July 7, 2017

July Weekend Adventure - Tulsa Garden Center @ Woodward Park

July Weekend Adventure - Tulsa Garden Center @ Woodward Park
The third stop on our weekend adventure was the Tulsa Garden Center at Woodward park.  This park has a small kids play area - and I do mean very small.

But it also had a really awesome garden. I loved seeing all the different plants that they were growing in their gardens. Everything was extremely well-kept. 

We found this koi pond with a neat little bridge over the water.

While we were standing here, a woman came out with a little container of fish food and asked if we wanted to feed them. When we started feeding them, a little more fish came out of nowhere to eat. 

They also had a butterfly garden, but we didn't see any butterflies. We only saw bees!

Oh, and this bunny.

They had pretty much every color of flowers that you could think of. The woman we talked with said it was all maintained by volunteers. 

This was one of my favorite stops on the trip.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July Weekend Adventure - Praying Hands at Oral Roberts University

July Weekend Adventure - Praying Hands at Oral Roberts University
Our next stop on our weekend adventure was the Praying Hands statue at Oral Roberts University. Can i just say that this statue is HUGE? I didn't even know there was a Praying Hands statue at Oral Roberts until I started looking up things to do in Tulsa.

They had a neat little garden around the statue and a series of flags from different countries.  In front of the statue was a hedge shaped like a cross. 

It was so hot and muggy out there that we didn't stay long, but I'm glad we made the stop. 

I loved their gardens. Everything was so neat and well-kept.

Keep checking back to see where we went next. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July Weekend Adventure - Oklahoma Aquarium

July Weekend Adventure - Oklahoma Aquarium
This weekend, we went on an adventure to the Tulsa area. Funny how Tulsa is not that far away, but it's very rare that we make it up that way. Our first stop was Mexican food at Los Cabos and then the Oklahoma Aquarium. 

The aquarium has been open for about 14 years, but we've never been.  It was really neat though.

We all enjoyed seeing all the different exhibits. 

We all took a bunch of pictures of the different animals. 

Noah is such an independent guy. He has no problem walking off on his own and blazing his own path. Watch out world when this one gets older!

He also has some pretty cute dance moves, don't you think?

See what I mean about the smooth moves? 

Shhhh, don't wake the octopus! There was a temporary barricade around his tank and a sign that said "No Flash Photography". Maybe he's grumpy?

We went through the shark tunnel and Noah and I found ourselves in the shark cage. Don't think I'd be brave enough to get in a shark cage in the ocean though. 

We did not spend a lot of time here, mostly because of how quickly Noah was moving through it. I would go back someday though. They are already planning to add some new exhibits soon.

Keep watching for updates to see where else we went on our Saturday adventure.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Eating At Eischen's

Eating At Eischen's
For supper tonight, we took the kids to Eischen's Bar in Okarche, Oklahoma. It's very well-known around this area, but we'd never been there before. It's about an hour drive from our house so that's probably part of the reason we've never visited before now. 

Atmosphere at Eischen's Bar Okarche Oklahoma

Eischen's is a real experience. They don't have a lot to choose from on the menu, but what they do have is really good.  REALLY good.

Emily eating good food at Eischen's Bar

We had a whole fried chicken, okra, cheese nachos, chili cheese nachos and a frito chili pie. That was WAY too much food. Obviously, we did not know how large the portions were going to be. We would have been fine with a chicken, okra, and one of the nachos.

Jennifer and Noah at Eischen's Bar

Emily really liked the frito chili pie. Noah liked to eat his chicken on bread with ketchup.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Frontier City Field Trip

Frontier City Field Trip
Today was field trip day for Emily's class! They went to Frontier City, which is a local theme park. I went along as a chaperone.

There were 7 girls in my group. We all had a good time. One of the hardest things was trying to keep up with everyone when some girls did not want to ride the same rides as the others. 

I took quite a few pictures, but I don't have permission to post pictures of the other kids online so I had to crop some of them out of the picture. 

One of the rides we found was The Tornado, which is the Tilt-A-Whirl!  I rode it twice. I think Emily rode it three times. I love that ride. It was a lot of fun. 

Some of the girls were wanting to ride the Silver Bullet, which is one of the big rollercoasters. We headed over there and when we got close we realized that the line for the ride was very short, in fact non-existent. It took me a second to figure out what was happening, but the ride had gotten stuck at the top and the fire crews were there rescuing people off the ride!

They were like 80 feet up in the air or something crazy like that! The news helicopters were circling overhead and broadcasting the rescue live on the TV and internet. It took them about 2 hours to get everyone off the ride.

Thankfully, none of the kids from our school were on the ride at the time and everyone made it off there safely.

Since we were not able to ride the Silver Bullet, we kept walking and eventually found the water rapids ride. We got sooooo wet! I guess that's the point of the ride, but it was cold out there today and we were very wet. But this amusement park has a full-body heated dryer that you can pay to use. We all get into it together and tried to warm up a little bit. When I got home a couple of hours later, my clothes and shoes were still very wet. 

It was a good field trip and a lot of fun. I hope it's something that the kids will remember for a very long time.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spring Break Adventure - Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari

Spring Break Adventure - Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari
On Sunday morning, we checked out of our hotel then met up with Heather and Stephen and drive out to the Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas.

Lion statue at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas

When we first got there, we went through the drive through safari. This is one is different than the drive through zoos that we'd been to before because they don't allow you to feed or interact with the animals in the drive through part. 

But this camel ... came right up to my window and he was so cute and friendly. I rolled down my window to pet him just for a minute and the kids got so mad! Noah said I should use #rulebreaker again. But this camel wanted to be petted. I. Couldn't. Resist. 

Friendly Camel at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas

This safari had a lot of interesting animals like this big boy rhino. Or could be a girl, I guess.

Rhinoceros at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas

Also this hippo. And not a little hippo either. I don't know if I've ever been so close to a hippopotamus. And seriously, why is hippopotamus so hard to spell? 

Hippopotamus at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas

They also had a lot of prairie dogs. I mean A LOT. And they were right out in the middle of the pasture with the other big animals. I don't know if their presence was coincidental or planned, but they were literally right along the driveway. 

Prairie dogs at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas

After we finished up the drive through, we got to go through the petting zoo. At first, we ended up petting the animals in the naughty pen and it turns out we were not supposed to be there. But then we went over to pet the goats and baby calves then on to the kangaroos. How cool is that?!

Kangaroos at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas

We got to feed the kangaroos. Some of them had joeys in their pouches. 

Kangaroos and joeys at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas

The petting zoo area also had two giraffes that we got to pet and feed.

Petting the giraffe at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas

Those giraffes are smart. They know exactly who has the food and who doesn't. And if you don't have a treat for them, they don't want anything to do with you. 

Feeding the giraffe at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas

There were really a lot of animals in the walk through and petting area. I don't even remember them all, I'm sure. But they have peacocks, giant tortoises, llamas, a lot of different kinds of snakes, several kinds of monkeys. 

Boa Constrictor at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas

Noah even touched a boa constrictor. 


After we got finished at Wild Wilderness, we headed to lunch at Shogun. We sat at the grill and watched the cooking show while we ate. We a had a lot of fun with Heather and Stephen.

But then it was time to drive home. What else do you have to do a long drive besides take a selfie? Silly kids!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Break Adventure - Bowling and Good Food

Spring Break Adventure - Bowling and Good Food
After our visit to The Amazeum, we were starving so we headed right over to Mellow Mushroom for lunch. Emily and I had been here before, but it had been a while.  Mike and I shared a Mighty Meaty and the kids shared a cheese pizza. Let's just say we were very please with our lunch. Mike and I both thought the pizza was better than our normal local pizza place back home.

I forgot to take a pic of our adventure until after I'd finished eating. Oops.

After lunch, we headed over to a local bowling center to bowl a couple games. I didn't do a very good job of taking pictures. Sometimes I get so caught up in our activity that I forget to pull out my phone and take pictures. 

 I don't remember who won the game, but it was definitely not me. We eventually had to go get Noah a bowling ramp to use because his ball was having a hard time making it all the way down to the end. 

During the second game, we were all getting pretty tired and I was tired of my ball rolling off into the gutter every time so I put up the bumpers on my turn. Haha. We had fun.

After bowling, we went back to our hotel to lay down for a little bit. Then we went to Compton Gardens to see if we could find some daffodils or spring flowers.  We walked around for a bit and saw some flowers, but it wasn't really the type of garden that I was expecting. It was still fun, but Noah's legs were tired.

Saturday night, we grabbed some burgers with Heather and Stephen. The kids knew that we were going to see "my friends" at some point on our adventure, but they didn't know who it was going to be. I think they both suspected that it was going to be Heather and Stephen, but I'd never say. It was really fun to see them and spend some time with them. 

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