Moving Day: Wichita, KS To Oklahoma City, OK

Posted by on September 18, 2014
Oklahoma!

Oklahoma!

We were both up by 8:00 but in no hurry to get moving as we only had about 165 miles or so to travel.  We had breakfast and relaxed in our recliners before feeling the need to get moving.  I was still in my pajamas at 9:00 am!

We made quick work of our move prep chores and were pulling out of our site at 9:55 am…even though the plan was to leave about 10:30 am.  Oh well…we certainly weren’t rushed in any way!

Sorghum

Sorghum

We had a fairly uneventful trip.  We crossed into Oklahoma less than an hour after we hit the road and our scenery didn’t change much at first – sorghum fields, large hay bale filled fields and more and more oil wells pumping away.

Round hay bales

Round hay bales

I said fairly uneventful but we did see one of the coolest things ever!  We came across a HUGE turtle crossing I-35.  He was smack in the middle of the southbound lanes just crossing the dotted line when we first saw him.  Michael swerved but didn’t want to swerve too much with the coach being towed behind us.  We’re hoping we missed him but just not 100% sure.

Getting closer to those Texas oil fields

Getting closer to those Texas oil fields

Now you might think…meh…a turtle….but this was not just any turtle this guy was BIG.  He was probably a tortoise and not actually a turtle.  He probably stood nearly a foot tall and 2 feet long.  He had his neck stretched out super far (think giraffe!) and his legs were big and round…like an elephants!  Wow!  Just wish I’d had my camera handy and we weren’t towing the coach I’d have made Michael stop so we could check him out!

**Michael was afraid we’d hid him cuz he had his neck stretched out so far….”he stuck his neck out”…Michael’s words, not mine!  I just kind of envisioned him quickly drawing his head and legs into his shell and his shell quickly spinning in a circle as we zoomed on by.

Munzee mania

Munzee mania

We made one stop at the Oklahoma Welcome Center for a bathroom break and of course what’s a rest area break without some Munzee action!?  We capped the 8 Munzees that were there and each added one to boot!

Tinker Air Force Base FamCamp - site 17

Tinker Air Force Base FamCamp – site 17

We planned to stay at Tinker AFB but they don’t take reservations so yesterday I called to see what our chances of getting a site would be and was told ‘pretty good’ but to call when we were about an hour out, which I did.  I was told there were sites available and to come on down.

We arrived about 1:45 and got checked in at the little office trailer.  We were directed to go to site 17.  The road through the park is a bit tight and the sites aren’t very long but there’s quite a bit of room between each site.  Michael had to do a little maneuvering to get us backed in but he ‘got ‘er done’ as usual.

Kansas!  We are missing 10 states plus Alaska & Hawaii

Kansas! We are missing 10 states plus Alaska & Hawaii

By 2:30 we were pretty much set up and I had our lunch (salads) ready to go.  We’re here for 4 nights and have plans to meet with some Heartland Friends and visit the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial for sure….other than that we may not do a whole lot more.  We’ll just have to see how it goes.

We’d been told by our friend, Ann, that it was windy and rainy in Oklahoma City but by the time we arrived it was blue skies and sunshine with temperature in the mid 80s.  Matter of fact, it was beautiful the entire drive.

I realized today that we’d never added our Kansas state sticker to our map so we did that today!

 

 

5 Responses to Moving Day: Wichita, KS To Oklahoma City, OK

  1. Donna Rogers

    Tough to get the 5ver to Hawaii!

    • Kelly

      Yep, Donna….sadly I don’t think we’ll be sticking the Hawaii sticker on…but hopefully that Alaska one will find its way to us!

  2. w2bergen

    We have visited the bombing site several times….during construction and when done….It is the most moving experience ever….A must for anyone traveling through…I always advise everyone to just take a short detour and visit it….It touchs the heart and soul….

    • Kelly

      We’re both looking forward to visiting the Memorial as I imagine it will be as poignant as visiting the 911 Memorial in NYC. Such tragic events in our nation’s history…

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