Monday, September 7, 2009

Sunday Afternoon Escape

Jeff came down from Missouri to see Jenny and the kids. After church Susan, Smokey, and I decided to give them some space and we drove up to Bartlesville to have lunch and visit Wolaroc. We had a really nice Sunday afternoon.

The last time we were up here we discovered a little Chinese restaurant that had all 3 of the most important qualifications to be one of my favorites. It has really good food, reasonable prices and nice service. I ordered shrimp with lobster sauce and Susan ordered Hunan pork. Of course we shared with each other and both were delicious. Our server Heidi was very sweet and we enjoyed it very much.

After this nice lunch we drove west from Bartlesville to Woolaroc. Tulsa is at the far western edge of the foothills of the Ozark mountains. When we drive north to Bartlesville then go west from there, we are at the far eastern edge of the Great Plains. The land is flat and rolls off in the distance as far as you can see. The farther west you go, the flatter it gets. It has an open quality and the sky looks huge. There is a lot of breathing room here.

Woolaroc is the ranch of Oklahoma oil man Frank Phillips, one of the brothers who created Phillips Petroleum. He named it Woolaroc because it contained Woods. lakes and rocks. There is a lot to see here. Frank had his home here, a log cabin mansion. There is a terrific museum with Native American and Western art and historical artifacts. Several new galleries have been added since the last time we were up here maybe 4 years ago. The ranch itself is an animal park with all sorts of exotic animals. I took so many cool photos that it is too much for one post. I will share them over the next few days. Stay tuned for Smokey meets the big chickens.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love it when you take photographs of OK scenery - what a diverse landscape you have. Look forward to further episodes of your (and Smokey's) adventures.


Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

I love Woolaroc. It is a well kept secret. I really like it in the Fall. They have a very tough 8K run there the middle of October. Very hilly and tough. The critters are wonderful.