Wednesday, September 24, 2008


We arrived in Broken Arrow on the outskirts of Tulsa Sept. 18th intending to spend 2-3 days then “vacation” in Branson for a week. Well, people are more important than things, and we have been here a week, leaving tomorrow and will be in Branson for two days instead.

We are visiting our “classmates of Class of 2007”, which is the group of Escapees RV Club members who “graduated” from working to fulltime rving in 2007. Jay and Fay Carter lived in Tulsa and came back in June so Jay could have some surgery done on his ankle. Jay has been recuperating here since then and they needed to see other rvers. Jay and Fay are staying on country property belonging to a friend, Bill, that is complete with a rustic cabin, pond with hungry catfish and bass and plenty of room for rigs. It has been a good quiet place to mend. He's been getting around easily in his "jeep" golf cart.

This is the cabin and the next shot is of the view from the front porch.

We lined up the rigs to be close.
The day after we came, another classmate couple arrived, Joe and Marcia Jones. They brought Fay a “Margarator” which makes a gallon of margaritas at a time. The Margarator is the unofficial mascot of the Class of 2007 and comes to all our gatherings. In fact, one is Margarator is never enough so now we have two.

That's Joe next to me then Fay and Marcia with Jay taking it easy.

Here's Joe measuring out the ingredients for a batch of Margaritas. This was Marcia’s birthday so I made her a “Better Than Sex Cake”. That’s a chocolate cake, with holes punched into it and drizzled with a can of sweetened condensed milk, a cup of caramel topping, a cup of fudge topping, frosted with whipped cream and covered with crushed Heath candy bars. One night Jim barbequed a roast with some of those Tabasco wood chips….oh, my, what a flavor. Rvers always eat well at their potlucks. We spent our evenings playing Chicken Foot style dominoes and Phase 10 and had a laughingly good time.

Last Saturday there was a large car show at the Tulsa Southern Baptist Church and boy did they do it up good. Everything was free to the public complete with food, live band, soda pop, homemade desserts, everything! There were about 150-200 cars from a 1924 race car to new Mustangs and Corvettes.

This is a fun car that one owner brings to the local shows for a laugh. This is definitely a red-neck name it and it's on there. The owner walks around with bib overalls and a straw hat and all. Actually, it is a cute idea for any car show....gets lots of attention that is for sure.

This is Bobbie’s dream car – a 1960 Chevy Impala convertible. Of course she would want it in red or purple or both!

Then look at this 1924 Inline 6 racecar…. it sure drew a crowd!

Tuesday morning the guys decided that all the vehicles were in need of a clean-up. So we lined up four vehicles and we did them one after the other in car wash style. Jay supervised from the golf cart.

We went out for lunch and then Jay and Fay gave us a tour of downtown Tulsa and especially the Riverside Drive. My friend, Theresa Gilmore, from our hometown of Alamosa, CO, emailed me that her husband, Jim’s bronze works were on display on Riverside Drive, so we went to find them. Oh, my, how inspiring!!! Tulsa has a mayor that was really into art and was behind having many bronzes commissioned for display around Tulsa. Riverside Drive has about ten huge pieces on display. We are very fortunate in a town of 9,000 that Alamosa has two renowned bronze artists of note.

I particularly liked the very large bear and cubs bronzes….see the little cub in the lower left side of the waterfalls? And look at this cougar! It is so realistic. Jim Gilmore’s bronzes are amazing. Here is his website

We also were surprised to find Jocelyn Lillpop’s elk bronze also on display on River Drive in Tulsa. Her website is interesting .

We are having a wonderful time here in Tulsa and will be back several times during our stay in Coffeyville, as Tulsa is only 85 miles north of here. Jay and Fay will be here another six weeks and Joe and Marcia will be in Hollister, MO only 170 miles east of Coffeyville. We plan on visiting often.

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