Monday, September 9, 2013

9/8/13 - Tulsa, OK

We drove a couple of miles to the town of Arcadia.  There is a Round Barn from 1898 built by some Shakers that we stopped to see.  The roof had collapsed and it was restored in 1992.  We also stopped at Pop’s.  They sell around 500 different flavors of soda pop.  Outside is a large soda pop bottle.  Instead of taking the toll road to Tulsa we drove on Route 66.  In Chandler we took a picture of the old Phillips 66 gas station.  In Stroud we stopped and ate at The Rock.  This diner is still using their original grill from 1939 that is named Betsy.  The owner, Dawn Welch, was the inspiration for the character Sally Carrera in the movie, “Cars”.  The diner was also featured.  She told us they flew her to the opening of the movie and got to meet all the people who supplied the voices.  This was also a Diner Drive-ins and Dives place.  We had lunch there.   

We got a site just West of Tulsa off Route 66 on Heyburn Lake at a Corps Of Engineers campground.  We stayed here last year also.  We unhooked and drove into Tulsa to Kathy and Gale’s house, friends that Jim has known for years.  They fixed a really good supper for us of chicken, mashed potatoes and a great salad.  Then we had strawberry rhubarb cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert.   

The gate at camp was supposed to be locked at 10 pm.  Before we drove into Tulsa I went to the office and specifically asked, it is also posted on the window.  She said to get back by 10 pm or we would have to park outside and walk in.  We arrived at 9:45 pm and the gate was already closed.  We banged on the door of the camp host's RV next to the gate house but no one responded.  Jim called the sheriffs department and they gave him a phone number to call the Corps of Engineers.  That number didn’t work.  While Jim was on the phone I moved a large boulder to create a gap we could drive the truck through to avoid the "severe tire damage" in the outgoing lane and we got in.  Jim helped me move the boulder back.  I called Allen to check on the mail.

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