Oklahoma Road Trip – Part I

This past weekend, my wife and I took off really early on a Saturday morning and heading West from Springfield, Missouri. Our goal? To reach the Oklahoma/Texas border via 66, and see the sites along the historic highway. Living just outside of Springfield, Missouri, we often head West and travel 66 in Southwest Missouri, Kansas, and Northeast Oklahoma towards Tulsa. Since we’ve been on that stretch countless times, we took I-44 West past Tulsa, and got off at Sapulpa, and got on 66 there. My first stop was the Guardian of the Plains, a giant buffalo that was erected as part of the “Pride in Sapulpa” project celebrating the Oklahoma centennial. I’ve always been quite impressed with it every time we passed it driving along I-44, so to have the opportunity to snap a few photos and marvel at it up close made me happy.

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Just past Sapulpa is the Rock Creek Bridge, a beautiful, old, steel truss bridge with brick decking. I’ve never seen that before on a bridge. We spent about ten minutes taking pictures of the bridges, the scenery, and the butterflies that kept dive bombing us.

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Just up the road lies the abandoned Teepee Drive-In that was built on the outskirts of Sapulpa back in 1950. At full capacity, it could hold up to 400 cars for a evening movie.

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As we approach Stroud, I was really starting to get hungry and The Rock Cafe instantly popped in my head. As we pulled in at 11:30, it was busy with one parking spot available just for us. We walked in and fell in love with the place instantly. The signatures from past customers was all along both walls as you enter the dining area. The restaurant is decked out in 66 attire all along the cafe’s dining area that keeps your eyes busy as you sit and enjoy your meal. I got a burger and fries and thought it was delicious!  My wife got the chili cheese fries and I was mooching off her plate until it was gone. Loved it. We definitely plan on coming back again the next time were in the area.

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We liked that the meal came with souvenir cups.

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Part II – Tomorrow. Thanks for reading….

Bridal Cave

Three weeks ago, I took my dad and wife to a show cave in the Lake of the Ozarks area. Bridal Cave, a popular destination for tourists to stop at year round, or to get married in a cavern, is a cave I had not been to in over 10 years. Probably over 25 years for my dad since his last visit, and my wife had never been. It was a nice Sunday afternoon, and thought this would be the perfect place to go. No regrets. The cave was just as stunning as I had remembered it being from my last visit.

Bridal Cave

 

As one of the most scenic caves in Missouri, let alone the United States, Bridal Cave has been the go to place for over 2000 couples to married in over the years, as well as a educational destination for thousands of school children for its Discovery Tour.

With the tour lasting an hour, plus tour guides who are well informed and entertaining to boot, I highly recommend a stop at this Central Missouri show cave if you are ever in the Camdenton, Missouri area.

 

7th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

So, the pictures I took of the car parade during the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield, Missouri weeks ago are finally done and posted… Almost a month after the event. I used to be able to find the time to edit and post pictures I had taken that day, but real life events, plus lack of motivation lately has kept me from doing that. I’m hoping in the next few months to catch up on pictures I have yet to post in the last 12 months. There’s thousands of them folks.  I hope you will enjoy them. Seriously.

7th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

 

A little about this years festival. Around 50,000 people attended the weekend event back in August. A new record. Also, the weather was perfect. Not 100 degree heat like in the past festivals, but more like late April weather with temps in the upper 70s. The crowds during the festival was so packed up and down St. Louis street, that it made it really difficult to photograph the cars that were parked along the curb on both sides of the street. So this year, I didn’t photograph the car show, but rather just enjoyed looking at the cars instead.

I was able to meet roadies I had never met during the festival and hopefully will keep in touch. All in all, it was a great weekend!

 

A New Project

After scrapping my original webpage a few months ago, I took a break from just about all projects related to my travels and photography except for a few photo edits here and there for my Instagram account. I think starting this page up in a blog form feels right for me now, and down the road.

I’ll also be sharing photos via my Instagram and Flickr account of my road trips via links to my blog on this website.

A little about myself. I’m a happily married 36 year old who lives in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, just South of Springfield, Missouri. I spend my free time going on road trips with the camera in what ever direction I feel is right for the day. I’ve been taking pictures as a hobby since 2003, while exploring the Ozarks. I got into Route 66 back in 2010, and haven’t looked back. The Mother Road has become quite the passion of mine, so expect to see a lot of photos of 66 in the future.

For those of you who has read everything up to this point, thank you, and welcome to my little corner of the world!