1K Country Day 6: The End of The Trail

by Country Inns & Suites
Saturday, June 12, 2010

See that last picture in the lower left?  That’s a sculpture called “The End of the Trail” at the Oklahoma City Cowboy Museum.  Our road warriors headed there first thing Friday morning, and given that their adventure is winding down, I find the name of the piece rather fitting.  I think one of the most amazing parts of this adventure is the fact that our families got to experience so many destinations that they never thought they’d see — and I’m not talking about exotic locales or expensive resorts, but the beauty of every day American life that goes overlooked by so many of us.  If you watch this short news clip, you’ll see Ross and Kara being interviewed in the Bricktown area of Oklahoma City, a surprisingly cosmopolitan part of town.   The sentiment?  Hey, there’s a lot more to OKC than fields and cattle and trailers… from the looks of the pictures above, I’d have to say I agree.  There’s no better way to experience the true essence of America than a cross-country roadtrip, where you’ll get to experience the local flavor, cultures, and quirks of so many different destinations. 

As for me?  Well, I’m writing this from my huge king sized bed at the Country Inns & Suites… I’m still not quite ready to tell you my location, but let’s just say it is hot!  My day of travel included a flight + a LONG drive, and no matter how high I cranked the A/C, I was still sweating!  If there is one thing this Minnesota girl isn’t used to, it is this kind of humidity, yet I’ve found the landscape to be beautiful, and the people to be charming, hospitable, polite… even if they do think I talk a mile a minute. :-)   

But enough about me — let’s dig into what these brave souls experienced on Day 6 of the 1K Country Adventure! 

Our Oklahoma City experience began with a Suite Stop at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, which was created in 1955 to help preserve the memory of what it meant to be a cowboy!  From there, they headed to the cosmopolitan Bricktown area, where they hopped a water taxi (and apparently talked to the news reporters!).  It wouldn’t be a true Country Adventure if we didn’t pay homage to Home On The Range, and that’s just what our families ventured off to do next, at the Chicksaw National Recreation Area (FYI, I am under STRICT instructions NOT to share the vocal stylings of our talented crew).   Next up?  The Courthouse and beautiful architecture of Denton, TX, before heading off to the night’s “home away from home,” Country Inns & Suites Lewisville, TX!

I’m sitting poolside at the secret destination – waiting for the gang to arrive.  I just found out that they are on their way… just a few more hours!

I love this Country!
~Emily