Oh the beloved road trip! The time when a family realizes just how much time they can spend together, trapped in a vehicle, before they ring each other’s necks. For some families, that amount of time is shorter than others.
We decided to venture out on a road trip to see daddy at work. He has been in the small town of Canadian, Tx for what seems like forever. Since July 4th was coming up, and Canadian has quite the celebration week scheduled, we thought it would be a perfect time to go visit!
Canadian is about 6hrs away from my house. I figured we would be pushing “family time” to the edge being in the car together that long, but the kids did great!! My stepson, S, went with T and I. Thank god for in car dvd players!!!
We got to Canadian on schedule. My hubby had reserved a hotel room for us, which I had put into the GPS. Apparently the GPS was confused though. We ended up at a ranch at the end of a dirt road. I called hubby and found where the hotel actually was, right across from the turn to the ranch.
When hubby got off work for the evening, he came to pick us up. We headed out to finally meet his “other family”. The guys he spends more time with than us. We went to the rig and met his directional driller, who introduced himself as “the man that spends more time with your husband than you do”. It was great to finally meet Rocky! Hubby talks about him, and his awesome cooking, often. They have been working the same rig together for quite some time now.
Then it was off to where they are usually working, and hanging out, Shattuck, OK. It was only about 30 min away. We went to go meet the guy that hubby spends a lot of his off time with, the jeweler. I am always hearing about “playing pool at TD’s”, or “working on the mini truck at TD’s”. It was a pleasure to finally meet this man and his wife. I also got to meet their 2 friendly little dogs, one of them is named Pearl and actually has her ears pierced with black pearl earrings!! I have never in my life seen a dog that had its ears pierced! Hubby said “what do you expect from a jeweler?”
We all went out to eat, then went back to the house to play pool. We had a great time just getting to know the people who my husband hangs out with during his other life. 🙂
During the day, hubby had to work, so I had to find things for these kiddos to do! There was no pool at the hotel, but there was a community pool. T was dying to go swimming!! The pool was closed. We thought, maybe it will open later. Nope! Instead we stopped by the park and popped snap pops and climbed trees!
The town of Canadian was having a rodeo a little later on, so T attended his very first rodeo! He said he had fun, and S just looked like a bored teenager. 🙂
Hubby met up with us there. Fireworks started at dark, so to waste some time we went sight-seeing! That’s how we found this place! Who remembers this entrance? Tom Hanks delivered a package here after being trapped on an island for years.
Hubby and I decided that it was probably a true story about a package getting lost for years because it took forever to get to this place!! The movie wasn’t about the island or the man, it was about the package!!
We still had some time to kill, so we decided to catch a movie. There is a small old, but remodeled, movie theater that only has one screen, all movies start at 7pm, and the movie that night just happen to be The Lone Ranger! T was so excited! He had been really wanting to see it!
Apparently it was the greatest movie ever, because T decided he was going to be the Lone Ranger for Halloween already, and he was reenacting the movie as we were leaving.
Then we hear the fireworks already going off. We jump in the truck and head to the fairgrounds. People everywhere! And people not caring that they are walking in the middle of the street while a rather large vehicle is trying to drive on that road! We finally found a spot, and I was glad to be driving an H2, we all climbed on top of it to watch the show. 🙂
T still wanting to swim, we head back to see if the pool is open. Nope! Grab something to eat, check the pool again after lunch. Nope!! At first we decided just to hang out at the hotel till hubby got there. Nope!!! Those kids were driving me nuts! So we set off an adventure! To the wagon bridge (say it as if you were a super hero)! This bridge was built in 1914 across the Canadian River, and is like 2500 ft long (or something like that). I told them to get to walkin!
We saw the railroad bridge with all kinds of graffiti on it, as most railroad bridges have, but one stuck out. I made up a whole romantic back story to it in my head, but you can make up your own.
Caught up with hubby, and off to the rodeo again! Watching them made me really regret not barrel racing my horse, just to see what my time would have been! Anyway, we didn’t get to stay too long. Something had gone wrong at the rig and hubby had to rush back. By the time it all got straightened out, we figured the rodeo was just about over. So we headed back to the hotel to chill, and ended up getting our own private fireworks show out the hotel window.
Time to load up and head back home. We packed up, went to see hubby ay work, and waved goodbye to Canadian. We had a side trip before we went home though. Hubby had told me about a place called Medicine Park in Oklahoma. He had said that if it wasn’t in Oklahoma, we would move there. I had to go check this place out! If a man born and raised in Texas is willing to even consider moving to Oklahoma, this place has to be pretty amazing! We get close, and start seeing buffalo and mountains. There is one you can drive up. Now remember, I am driving a Hummer. A large vehicle. I don’t like heights. But somehow I thought I was going to drive right up there with no issues. Nope!! I was hugging that center line and crowding people in the other lane like it was life or death!!! White knuckles the whole time! You see, when I was younger and my mom would take us to Colorado, I would be in the passenger seat while driving up mountains and her pointing and looking down the slope out MY window just to freak me out. Yeah, we were that family. Anyway, all that stress and tension was worth it to see this…
We drove around the lake, and yes, if it wasn’t in Oklahoma, we would move there.
We finally made it home!!! We went straight to my mom’s house so T could finally swim. She hadn’t cleaned the pool in a couple of days because no one had been in it. T did NOT want to swim in a “yucky” pool, and demanded that we go to the lake, cause lakes are clean and all. Nope!!!!! We went home and went to bed.
We had a great time though! And “thank you” to the small town of Canadian, Tx for housing us for a few days!