This weekend was a big one for me- accomplishing the big goal of visiting all 50 Unites States! The last state on my list was Oklahoma. Having no other reason to visit the state I picked a weekend with an inexpensive non-stop flight and an Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game.
The Thunder versus Celtics was also my first NBA game- another bucket list item. A productive and fun weekend adventure for sure. Friday night after arriving, I hit up Stub Hub and ended up sitting in the very last row of Chesapeake Arena (because NBA tickets are $$$!) but on the sideline so I could see everything.
The Thunder was ahead by 20 but blew their lead in the second half to lose to the Celtics. It was a fun little Friday night with a local OKC beer and some sports.
The next morning was a gorgeous one. It was sunny and the high was around 75 degrees- perfect for a walk in my 50th state. I started the morning off at the solemn Oklahoma City National Memorial, the site of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 where 168 people lost their lives at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
The Oklahoma City Memorial Park is a gorgeous sanctuary for reflection but also an emotional one. I held back tears a few times reading the signs of loved ones lost. Where the federal building once stood is a chair in the grass for every life lost.
Quite a few people were at the memorial and the adjoining museum on this Saturday morning.
After visiting such a profoundly somber spot I needed a little pick me up. I consulted with Google and Yelp and found Waffle Champion in the Plaza Court District.
The line was out the door and around the corner but I figured it must be worth it if this many people were waiting for waffles.
I was so glad I waited because this was the best lunch/breakfast/brunch I’ve had in a long time. The chicken and waffle breakfast sandwich was amazing. Drowned in maple syrup by me (I love maple syrup!) the sweet and salty combination was amazing. The waffles fries were even better, seasoned with garlic and parsley, dipped in garlic aioli. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
Unfortunately this weekend I was also sick as a dog with the worst sinus infection/cold/cough combination. Watching Iowa beat Ohio State at football from my hotel couch was my preferred method of rest.
If anything can make me rally it is delicious food. The famous Cattlemen’s Steakhouse has been open for over 100 years and featured on so many Travel Channel and Food Network shows. They are famous for their steaks and lamb fries (testicles) but I wasn’t that hungry for so much (and lamb fries did not sound appetizing) so the petite filet mignon which comes wrapped in bacon was my pick.
The meat was so tender and tasty.
On Sunday morning the weather was amazing once again so I took a 5 mile walk around the Oklahoma River. The only reason why I walked 5 miles was because I got lost. Oops! It was really pretty so if you are going to get lost anywhere, here is a good place to do it.
The trail starts off at the Oklahoma Land Run Monument commemorating the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889, and weaves around the Bricktown Canal and Oklahoma River.
The runner is me (at least when I’m not super-sick) would have loved running this trail.The scenery keeps in interesting and long stretches of paved trail make the miles go fast.
My time in Oklahoma City was fun and I was so lucky for the incredible weather in November. Now that I’ve been to all 50 United States, I’ll have to come up with some new travel goals for next year!
Reader Question: How many states have you been to? Any desire to get to all 50?