The cousins came up from Texas for a visit this weekend and we showed them Tulsa. We got an Airbnb in downtown Tulsa within walking distance of lots of shopping and restaurants. This would be perfect. We could park and walk anywhere we wanted to go. We soon realized many of the shops and places to eat were closed, probably due to Covid. We did some sight-seeing and walked around the block to a Hurts Doughnut shop, but many places weren’t open.
Downtown Tulsa might not have had as much to do, but the suburbs were still open with things to see. We drove to Jenks and toured the Oklahoma Aquarium then the River Walk next to it on the Arkansas River. The aquarium is always wonderful and with a holiday weekend was full of families and at least one group of kids all wearing the same t-shirt. Some of the shops on the River Walk were closed but the restaurants weren’t. We walked the length of the River Walk to see what was available and decided on Mexican. Lunch at Los Cabos was to die for!
Back at the loft after lunch we decided to look for more Route 66 memorabilia. My cousin has always been interested in Route 66 and so we drove to Catoosa and saw the Blue Whale and the Driller statue and found a garden center with lots of yard art open. Shopping!
Coming home to Enid we took the scenic route and drove around Keystone Lake where we used to own property and checked out our old stomping grounds. Then on to Stillwater and Eskimo Joes for lunch. The cousin found an Eskimo Joes t-shirt with Route 66 on it that was perfect for her. They were impressed with the restaurant, and you could shop right next door. We also found the huge Transformer statues at both ends of town. They are always impressive.
They left this morning, and we plan to try to get together again this summer. We always enjoy their company and sometimes we drive south, or they drive north.
It’s good to see the world is getting back to normal. In Kansas last weekend we found more people getting out and Oklahoma is doing the same. I washed my hands more than I could count and I thought more about what I touched and where I was. Covid has taught us a few things about cleaning and watching where you go. Restaurants have plexiglass dividers between the tables and more cleaning is taking place everywhere. We will survive – and learn from the experience.
What have you done this week?