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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Oklahoma City

JoAnne Morgan


It had been years since we traveled through Oklahoma City. “Through” is the operative word – we had never stopped here.

This time we stopped and we are glad we did. Our first surprise was the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. As far as museums go this is a gem. As you would imagine it has galleries covering Native American life, a replica of a frontier town, a tribute to western performers from the movies (John Wayne, etc,), American Rodeo, the Cowboy hall of fame, and some wonderful works from Cowboy artists such as Remington and Russell. Lucky for us our visit coincided with the Cowboy Artists of America 46th annual sale and exhibition, as well as, the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 13th annual sale and exhibition. The art was amazing (and pricey)! Considering many paintings were selling for more than we paid for our RV, we were glad to leave with a Christmas ornament and some postcards.

Last evening we headed down to the Oklahoma National Memorial & Museum. On April 19, 1995, we were riding bikes down Haleakala on Maui. We stopped in a small island grill at the end of ride and found everyone glued to the TV. Now 16 years later visiting the site of the bombing of the Murrah building was as poignant as ever. The lighting of the 168 chairs makes a visit at dusk that more impactful. I think this was the event that added the term “home grown terrorist” into our vocabulary. The Gates of Time are twin gates that frame the 9:02 a.m. bombing. The East gate represents 9:01 the innocence of the city (and country) before the attack. The West gate represents 9:03 a.m., the moment we were changed forever.
An interesting day for sure…SEE PHOTOS HERE