Sunday, December 7, 2008

Dad's Arrival Has Us Exploring

My Dad arrived in OKC on Thursday night and so far we have had a great trip. He flew in at around 8:30 pm and we immediately went over to Cattlemen's Steakhouse to grab some dinner. I've written about Cattlemen's before. Very casual and reasonably priced as far as steak is concerned and the food is excellent. We then drove over to the site of the bombing and walked around the memorial for a few minutes.

Friday was kind of a tourist type of day. We drove down to Norman where Oklahoma University is located and checked out the area. It was the first time that I had ever walked around their campus which wasn't too bad. Not quite as pretty as UW main campus but they did have some classy older buildings that were fun to check out. Of course we went over to the football stadium and checked that out. We got to go inside but not on the field. The highlight there was the Barry Switzer Center which is a 3 story building that houses all of their trophies. OU has a very storied football program and they have some really neat stuff inside.

We then drove back to downtown OKC and had lunch at Tobey Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill. No Tobey spottings but we did get a great meal. Walked around Bricktown quite a bit, and peaked thorough the fence of the baseball stadium where they currently have the nation's largest man made snow tubing slope which costs $10 for a 90 minute session. I might have to try that before the winter passes. We then drove over to the Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World to check out their 104,000 square foot store. This place is very cool for anyone who hunts and/or fishes. I don't do either so I wasn't as excited but it was interesting to see what all they carry. I didn't realize there was so many types of shot guns and fishing rods, two things that many folks in Oklahoma seem to possess.

Saturday morning we headed downtown to that I could run the SandRidge Santa Run which is a 5K fun run and the Thunder were one of the secondary sponsors. Probably over 400 participants and everyone seems to have a fun time. I'm not quite as fast as I should be right now as I ran a 24:08 but I still enjoyed it. After the run we headed over to the Stockyards a few miles away to check out the end of their Stockyards Christmas Parade. We got there in time to see the final few entries which surprisingly enough were horses and Santa arriving in the back of a stage coach. Supposedly the parade starts out with quite a few cattle going down the street but we never saw them. We did however see some of what they left in the street and I am glad that I'm not in charge of post parade clean up. Walked around Stockyard City checking out some of the Western shops before heading home.

Went home last night and watched the Big 12 Championship Football Game that everyone has been buzzing about for the past week. Final Score: Oklahoma 62 Missouri 21. HA HA TEXAS LONGHORNS!!

Not sure what we are doing yet today but we are throwing around a few ideas. Should be fun though.

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