So, in the spring of 2006, I flew to Tulsa to visit my friend David, and hang out in his corner of the Sooner State. This time, no final exams on my shoulders to carry - just a rushed project on my shoulders from an architect, blown off for a few days.
The more things change, the more they stay the same...
|Prairie...real prairie. Miles of it, thick grasses busting loose, and that green color we just don't have in the desert.|
When I landed, Tulsa's airport had two very nice women working as greeters. Airport greeters are a great concept I've never seen before, but Oklahoma is about heartland hospitality. We talked as I waited for my friend to drive up, and one told me, "You're wearing the wrong shirt for an OU grad!"
My orange shirt - orange is the color of my alma mater's two
|Cleveland OK - old stone and varied ages of brick architecture abounds, with such a peaceful feel in all these small OK towns.|
|Funny figurines peeping out of faux windows|
|But these always creep me out, like clowns or dentists creep others out|
|Time to get in some outdoorsy things|
|This is all prairie - from the grasslands in front, to the wooded cross timbers areas in the background. The plant type changes according to soil type, susceptibility to burn from wildfires, and exposure.|
More on the Cross Timbers - here
|Of course - a guy has to eat! More later...probably some great sights at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, some gardens, some art, and some food.|
"Bar-B-Q...chocolate for men" - Anthony Bourdain