Gary is on vacation so we’ve had some crazy, busy days. Saturday we went to the Magnolia Festival in Durant. It’s a modest but growing event in Durant. They have the usual vendors and singers and pageants and car shows and artwork and crafts. We went to hear Pake McIntire (Reba’s brother) because he’s going to be the main attraction at our Heritage Day in October. Had an enjoyable time, saw some friends, and Pake isn’t bad either. He is good with a crowd, appeals to an older audience, and sings a variety of country music.
Sunday was worship/work day. Had a big crowd at church for Baby Dedication Day. We really have an abundance of babies this year!! Great to see the future growing up in our church. After service we ate lunch and went back to town for our monthly “Clean Sweep”. Swept the sidewalks and watered the flower beds.
Monday Gary and I headed to Tulsa for a little tourist action. We went to the aquarium and the zoo. Drove in the rain, but that’s a good thing. Our whole area has been so dry!
Had a wonderful time at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa. I was quite impressed with the layout, the displays, and the variety of creatures. The displays are divided into themes- Biodiversity, Adaptation, Marvels & Mysteries, Oceans Room, Coral Reef, Shark Adventure, and Fishes of Oklahoma. The shark tank is one of those with a clear observation tunnel and it was such fun to watch the children’s reactions. I also enjoyed the 65,000 gallon coral reef exhibit. The colors of the fish are breathtaking! I never appreciate the diversity of nature until after a visit to an aquarium. I kept thinking “there are so many wonders of the world that I know nothing about”. There were creatures on display that I hadn’t seen before, and I’ve been to several aquariums. How many more are out there??
The building also houses the Karl and Beverly White National Fishing Tackle Museum. The 4,000 square-foot museum has more than 20,000 pieces and is valued at more than $4 million. It was interesting even though neither of us fish anymore. The lures range from the early 1800’s to modern day. It’s amazing to see the ingenuity of man!
Awoke Tuesday to a violent storm that tore the roof off a local church and downed trees and power lines. It moved on quickly and we were still able to go to the Tulsa Zoo. This was our second trip, but a totally different experience because last time we went in the fall on a hot day. Yesterday was drizzling and cool. There were few people around except for some campers. Apparently several groups in the area bring their little day campers to the zoo. There were preschoolers in red shirts and school children in green shirts accompanied by harried parents and counselors. Reminded me of why I enjoy vacations!!
Today we’re off to the genealogy library in Colbert to work on some projects. Tomorrow will be a photography outing to Fort Washita and Lake Texoma, then a trip to the Sand Bass Festival, lunch with friends on Friday, quiet(?) weekend, Monday some business and a meeting, then a trip to OKC on Tuesday and Wednesday. Take care and keep in touch!