Of all the attractions along Route 66 which we stopped to see, I have to say that the famous Blue Whale in
was somewhat of a disappointment to me.
It has been around for a long time, and used to be a great swimming hole
for families that were traveling. Now no
one is allowed to swim there, but people still stop to see it. In fact, not too long ago someone held their
wedding there. Can you imagine? Oh well…that was our first stop on this
Friday, day 9 of our Route 66 Road Trip.
We left Quail Springs (north Catoosa, Oklahoma Oklahoma
City) after having breakfast at the motel. We didn't have far to travel today, with a
planned overnight stop near , stopping to visit our
granddaughters’ other grandparents. Joplin,
We had lunch at McDonald’s before arriving at their house in mid-afternoon. However, this wasn't your typical fast food drive in. In fact, this is the largest McDonald’s in the world. It straddles Interstate I-44, with traffic flowing underneath. I opted to wait in the van with our younger granddaughter, and only later did I find out that the restaurant had a huge gift shop. So sorry I didn't go in and browse…but I guess I was getting tired by this time in the trip…losing all my pent-up energy…winding down as the trip was winding up.
Oh…we did stop one other place that was sort of silly to me. It was in
at the Totem Pole Park. That probably even outdid the Blue Whale for
non-interest to me. The girls enjoyed
it, however, but the guys stayed in the van.
I would just say that it’s not worth the time to take the side roads to
find it. Looks like it was losing its
“flavor”. What you see in the picture
below is pretty much it. Foyil, Oklahoma
We arrived at Poppa and Nana’s place early afternoon and then headed to
to Precious Moments, and took a strolling
tour of those grounds and the chapel. (The guys stayed in the van). This is one time my camera lost its charge, so I didn't get many pictures. Carthage, MO
Then we drove out to Red Oak II, which is a totally fascinating place to me. It’s a “park” that’s full of old relocated buildings set up to resemble a little village of a by-gone era…when life was simpler. There’s a blacksmith shop, general store, church, diner, filling stations, some house/residences, and lots of vintage vehicles. Here are a few pictures of this “village”:
Even had a portable outhouse!!
We had supper at the Golden Corral…finally getting our “veggies” and meat…good solid food, and lots of it!! Then we drove around
for a while, observing all the unbelievable damage from the Joplin tornado that occurred just over a year
ago. It was the worst tornado in US history in
the last 60 years. Thousands of homes
and buildings destroyed, over 150 lives lost.
Still, a year later, you can see the path of the storm. It was wide and it was long, and they are
still rebuilding. Even Extreme Makeover
has come in and built some homes. I did not take pictures of the damage, but I
was saddened by what this city endured.
We drove out to a pretty spot in the river, Grand Falls, our last stop of
the day before heading to Nana and Papa’s for the night.
Think I was a little nervous???
That’s it for Day 9…only two more days left in this trip. See you next time!!