Tulsa, Oklahoma: Philbrook Museum of Art

May 24th ~ Claremore, OK

Philbrook Mansion and reflecting pool

Back on Route 66 out of Oklahoma City, we made our way north toward Tulsa. I have enjoyed seeing some of the old classic cars along the way and today we were treated to seeing a couple more.  Continue reading

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Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum

May 23rd ~ Oklahoma City, OK

Murray Building after the blast that killed 168 people

Declared by Yelp a “Top 10 Museum in America”, I was anxious to see it for myself. Even knowing that it would bring up deep-seated sadness for all the lives lost, I knew that I had a lot to learn about the day that started like any other day… Continue reading

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Texas: Groom Cross and Devil’s Rope Museum

May 23rd ~ Texas to Oklahoma

Old wagon inside Devil’s Rope Museum

Up and on the road at a decent time for a change. The reason??? We did not have any internet last night so:

  1. I could not write yesterdays blog
  2. We could not surf the Internet
  3. We went to bed at a decent time and slept well

It is amazing what unplugging from our electronics can do for you… Continue reading

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TEXAS: Cadillac Ranch and Palo Duro Canyon

May 21st ~ TEXAS

The Cactus were in bloom

Back on Route 66, at least for a while today. Much of the old highway runs beside Highway 40, but sometimes it goes off on its own for a ways. We managed to get onto another section that turned into a dirt road today which kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. Continue reading

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NEW MEXICO: Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Site

May 20th ~ Taos, NM

Taos Pueblo

I woke up at 3:30 this morning with a loud bang, the RV shaking violently and a rather un-lady like “Oh Shit”. The wind was howling. I got up and went to the bathroom, and Tim followed shortly thereafter. I commented that the wind was blowing like crazy. His response, “Sure is” and he promptly went right back to sleep. Continue reading

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NEW MEXICO: Los Alamos, Manhattan Project, Bradbury Science Museum

May 19th ~ Los Alamos, NM

Today was a difficult day for me and I feel deeply affected by all we saw. I was aware of the Manhattan Project, and have visited the bomb site in Hiroshima. Still, seeing up close and personal, the site where much of the research was done to develop our nuclear weapons was emotionally brutal. Continue reading

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NEW MEXICO: Bandelier National Monument

May 18 ~ Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Located 48 miles NW of Santa Fe, you can find another example of ancestral dwellings from the Ancient Pueblo People. There is evidence showing human activity at what is now called Bandelier National Monument dating back 10,000 years. Continue reading

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SANTA FE, NM: Museum of International Folk Art

May 17 ~ Santa Fe, NM

Courtyard at Museum of International Folk Art

MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART

If you are interested in folk art, this is the place to come. With more than 130,000 items from all over the world, the museum houses the largest international folk art collection in the world. Continue reading

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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO: The oldest capitol city in the USA

May 16 ~ Santa Fe, NM 

Santa Fe, NM

Founded by Don Pedro de Peralta in 1610. At 408 years old, Santa Fe is the oldest capitol city and the second oldest city in the United States. The climate is pretty extraordinary, boasting an average of 325 days of sunshine a year. Another record it holds is that with an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level, it is also the highest capitol city in the USA. Continue reading

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NEW MEXICO: Chaco Culture National Historical Park

My 14th ~ New Mexico

Chaco Culture

Up until about a week ago, I had never heard of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. When I ask if anyone had suggestions to add to our itinerary, this was brought up, in fact, more than once.

When I learned that it was a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I became determined to somehow make it fit, even if it meant going a couple hours out of our way.

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