Oklahoma

    Visit the Cobblestone Village of Medicine Park in Oklahoma

    8/27/15 •

    …We travel around the country in an RV for much of the year. But one of our favorite destinations is just hours from our home in southwestern Oklahoma — the cobblestone village of Medicine Park. Many state residents don’t even know about this hidden treasure, nestled in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains…

    Kumback Lunch in Perry in Oklahoma: One of the States' Oldest Cafes

    11/16/17 •

    …When we travel between our summer home in Minnesota and our winter home in Arizona, we always stop at the homey Kumback Lunch in Perry, Oklahoma. Established in 1926 by a big-hearted soul named Eddie Parker, the Kumback is a fixture in this pretty prairie town, founded literally overnight during the famous 1893…

    Route 66 Museum, Oklahoma: Chronicling the Rise and Fall of the Legendary Mother Road

    5/30/14 •

    …During a recent trip on historic Old Route 66, our first stop was in Clinton, Oklahoma to see the Route 66 Museum, which does a fine job of chronicling the rise and fall of the legendary “Mother Road” from Chicago to Los Angeles. It was a real “kick” to learn about early automobile…

    Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory in Oklahoma: It Houses 700 Species of Plants

    8/15/16 •

    …When I first saw the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, its cylindrical shape instantly reminded me of a large rolling pin. Actually, it’s a plant lover’s dream, filled with about 700 species of tropical and semitropical plants from all over the world. When I stepped into the 224-foot-long, 70-foot-wide Crystal…

    Johnstown Flood Museum, Pennsylvania: Memories of a Man-Made Disaster

    3/21/17 •

    …House. Originally manufactured for Oklahoma Territory homesteaders, these prefabricated dwellings were sent to Johnstown to house flood survivors. There’s another museum nearby that’s also worth a visit: the Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center. Creative interactive displays offer a fascinating look at the experiences of immigrants arriving here at the turn of the century. While you’re here,…

    Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, North Carolina

    10/19/12 •

    …in every 18th-century Cherokee community, we learned about the infamous “Trail of Tears”. More than 4,000 Cherokee died in this harsh forced march of 16,000 men, women and children to Oklahoma. But we learned that about 1,000 Cherokee escaped and hid deep in the mountains, and eventually bought back these 56,000 acres. Their descendants now…

    Tucson's Rodeo Parade Museum, Arizona

    9/22/13 •

    …frontier-history aficionados who tell fascinating stories about the vehicles, like the luxurious White Brougham stagecoach used by the Dalton Gang to rob a bank just before their arrest! You might recognize some vehicles from Hollywood classics. We saw one of the fringe-top surreys that Shirley Jones rode in Oklahoma! and a wagon that was painted…

    See the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Colorado Springs

    12/17/12 •

    …shrine’s Visitor Center, we learned that America’s beloved cowboy philosopher, noted for his folksy but astute commentary on life, people and politics, is buried in his native Oklahoma. But in 1937, a grieving friend, philanthropist Spencer Penrose, dedicated this tower to the entertainer who never met a man he didn’t like. Now listed on the…

    Fire Ant Bites: First Aid When Bitten

    10/09/12 •

    …Imported red fire ants overrun the majority of Southern United States, from Texas and Oklahoma to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Each year, they expand farther north. Nearly 40 percent of people in fire ant-infested areas get stung each year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Fire ants are extremely territorial insects…

    Visiting Southern Missouri – What Is There to See? (1)

    11/07/12 •

    …Stockton State Park, Roaring River State Park, Lake Wappapello State Park, Onondaga Cave State Park, and Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry. Historic Sites in the Area Trail of Tears State Park is not just a natural attraction; it honors the Cherokee Indians who were forced to march to Oklahoma in the 1830s. The area is located…