Day 175 – Field Trip

okcO-K-L-A-H-O-M-A – Oklahoma City….wow, is there ever a bunch of stuff to do here!  Seriously, what a great city to visit as a tourist.  Our first stop was the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.  Before you get any notions that this might not be your kind of place, think again.  There is something here for everyone.  It is a fantastic museum.  Very well done, very modern in a multi-million dollar facility, a beautiful complex.  The exhibits are tasteful and well done, nothing dated about them.  You can visit a turn of the century western town; or stroll through the Western movie gallery.  Personally, I know it sounds silly, but I thought the barbed wire exhibit was awesome.  They have thousands of styles you can see.  The busts, the statues, the exhibits, the gardens, everything was awesome.  I can’t wait to go back again.

Our second stop was the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum.  April 19, 1995 at 9:01 a.m.; 168 men, women and children lost their lives in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building on NW Fifth Street in downtown Oklahoma City.  The Memorial is beautifully done, there are 168 empty chairs representing those lost, a reflecting pool between the Gates of Time and the Survivor Tree all in an open area.  Very powerful, very tasteful.  The Museum is one of the most moving I’ve ever been in, it is powerful enough to move you to tears – the only other one I’ve been in with that much power is the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.  This is a must stop for all.  All of my friends in the area can recall exactly what they were doing when this tragedy happened, that says something, it brings it in to the consciousness of other tragedies of such magnitude.

Our final stop on the field trip was Bricktown.  A revitalized downtown area of red brick buildings where everything happens in OKC.  There are restaurants and bars everywhere, lots of action, lots of fun.  We enjoyed a brew at Bricktown Brewery and then made our way “home” for the night.

I love field trips.

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