GRANDSON'S COLLEGE GRADUATION TRIP travel blog


May 7

The weather yesterday evening was worrisome because of severe weather warnings and the forecast included damaging winds and possible tornados. The storms form in the early to late afternoon and then begin to raze hell after the sun goes down. Beginning around 10 PM the rain started and the wind picked up with hail occurring after mid-night. There were large parts of Oklahoma City without power as a result of the overnight storms. The campground was not included in those areas.

May 8

Today the weather has been windy and warm and the forecast is once again for severe weather with high winds, thunderstorms and possible tornados. As we monitor the forecast the system(s) is/are presently east of Oklahoma City but that can change quickly.

Around 1100 they drove downtown and took a free bus tour around the downtown area of Oklahoma City. The driver was a wealth of information and gave us a lot of information on what we might decide to do tomorrow. The tour bus passed by the memorial built on the site of the bombing of the Federal Building by some sick terrorists. The explosion destroyed the Federal Building and the dead included numerous children from a childcare center that occupied a portion of the building. The adjacent building was also substantially damaged and was abandoned by the tenants. The adjacent building has been renovated and turned into a museum dedicated to the those that died as a result of the terrorist attack.

There are canals in Oklahoma City but due to construction many of those canals are closed and the canal walking path is also limited due to the construction. Ross and Marge have decided to revisit the downtown area tomorrow and tour the museum and the memorial. According to the tour bus driver the museum can be an all day visit and is a very moving and heart rendering memorial. The museum is said to explain the memorial located on the old Federal Building site.

Following the tour bus ride it was mid-afternoon and they decided to drive to The Cattlemen’s Restaurant recommended by the woman at the Visitors Center at the Oklahoma/Texas border. Marge had catfish and Ross had a filet. Marge said the cat fish was good but not as good as the catfish served at Swamp Johns in Red Bay, Alabama. Those of you that own Tiffin Motorhome products and have visited Swamp Johns while in Red Bay or have heard of Swamp Johns from fellow Tiffin Motorhome owners will understand that Swamp Johns catfish is as good as catfish can get. The Visitor Center's attendant also said that Ross & Marge should save room for the pie served by Cattlemen’s but there was no room left.

That is all for now,

Ross

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