Some postcards from the road

Posted by Tasha on March 25th, 2013 in Attractions, Culture

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A treasure hunt through Oklahoma’s middle. A map drawn over Spring Break 2013.

OKARCHE. Took my five-year-old to Eischen’s, which claims to be the oldest bar in Oklahoma. We split an entire fried chicken and a feed bucket of okra. We danced to ska on a sawdust-covered floor, and I bought a tshirt from the bargain bin in the gift shop for $5. I found them individually wrapped, in a box next to a shelf of hand-knitted scarves.

HOLY CITY OF THE WICHITAS. Scraped buffalo poop from my ballet flats onto a lump of pink granite, blooming with lime-green lichen. The droppings littered the path that leads to a statue of Jesus Christ, his gaze resting from above on the Holy City of the Wichitas near Lawton. Inside, we perused the selection of candy, soda pop, and toy guns in the gift shop, where citizenship to the City is on sale for $20.

NORMAN. Held a buffalo stomach and scored some sterling silver bat earrings from the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, home of the largest apatosaurus and the largest-ever land animal skull on the planet.

DOWNTOWN OKC. Watched an instant replay of an act from the 2013 Miss Pole Dance Oklahoma competition as performed by a coworker. Paired it with a cup of something called curated coffee and a couple of eggs, poached tight and tidy with nothing left to chance, just like the room in which they were served.

HWY 115 NEAR LAWTON. Saw a Wichita Mountain valley shudder with the twitching of prairie dog tails. (Population density, estimated by me: One per square foot.)

MOORE. Enjoyed a drive-by prairie ballet featuring a troupe of 328-foot windmills.

DOWNTOWN OKC. Watched Casino Royale in the historic, 102-year-old Skirvin Hotel, just two layers of hotel-grade carpeting above the famously haunted 10th floor.

MEDICINE PARK. Went No. 1 in a walk-in Sonic, sandwiched between a Love’s Country Store and the Sidewinder Biker Bar. The above-the-toilet art looked original—perhaps it had been painted by one of the staff?—and it featured the restaurant’s famous styrofoam cup wrapped in green, reptilian vines. Outside, each booth had its own phone by which to place orders with the kitchen, buzzing on the other side of the wall.

SOUTHWEST OKC. Drove under a 197-foot scissortail on I-40. Twice.

What did you get up to last week?

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