Big Skies: Oklahoma City to Denver

Jan 6th, 2014

After a brief but lovely stay in Oklahoma City with a couple of awesome Savannah/Bengal cats and a cool lady called Kim, we set out on a crisp, bright morning on our 1000+km drive to Denver, CO. We stocked up on Starbucks, where the young man in line behind us asked if we were from Canada, to which we answered yes, and if it was our first time in Oklahoma, also a yes, and what we were doing so far from home. Surprisingly, the guy in the gas station across the street gave Leah a similar Q&A period….apparently Canadians do not often drive to Oklahoma. 

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There was a dusting of snow on the fields, but the roads were bare and well, and we began the slow climb northwards to Kansas. By climb, I do not refer to the elevation, as this appeared to get no higher than a few rolling hills. The scenery was monotonous, but there was something beautiful about it, with the yellowy fields set against a bright blue sky. We saw some windmill, twirly looking things, and some pump looking things, working away, and both concluded this was exactly how we expected Oklahoma to look (same in Kansas later on). I also got hit on by a less than 2 year old in a gas station. He fist-bumped me. It was a special moment. Pretty sure he’ll grow up to be a heartbreaker!

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There were the usual assortment of decrepit old buildings and rusty vehicles/metals along the way throughout, in addition to what we thought were office buildings the first few times we approached, but soon learned that they were grain silos, or something of the ilk. We commenced with some CRNE studying once we’d had our fill of field views, while we were bright and fresh and full of coffee.

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We hung a left at Salina, KS, and continued straight on to Denver, stopping several times along the way, mainly for that addictive brown beverage we love so dearly. Kansas has the wonderful bonus of having highway speeds of 75mph, or roughly 121km/h which makes the long day somewhat more tolerable. Kansas was notable for such towns as Kanorado (the couple name of Kansas and Colorado, clearly), and Colby (my cousin’s name). We also saw llamas (or maybe they were alpacas). There are also a large number of moo-moos, which I seemed to point out an awful lot. Luckily Leah is tolerant! We continued to marvel at the large number of billboards advertising the local “adult” store…and I’m just now realizing that the large number of God-type billboard signs may or may not be in counteraction of these adult stores…

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We stopped at this cool diner in Kansas….or was it Colorado….they all kinda started to blur into one…anyhow, it was called the I-70 diner, and was SO cool! Filled with memorabilia, very typically diner looking (ie red vinyl booths with black and white flooring. Leah has just informed me it was near Flagler, CO, and she remembers this because as we were eating our quesadillas, we drove through Arriba, CO…. quite fitting, we thought.

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We made it to Denver around 5:45, which saw us stuck in traffic, the only drawback of travelling on a weekday. We were happy to arrive at Liza’s, where we soon enjoyed a homemade stirfry dinner and some delicious Angry Orchard cider!

Philly, Baltimore, and cousins reunion!

Disclaimer! This is the bare bones of today because we’ve been reunion-ing with my cousin in DC. More tomorrow!

Today we had to face the cold hard truth: leaving NYC day! 😦 After a rather stressful experience trying to figure out how to secure the roof rack to the car and about 6 people stopping as we were packing trying to shark our spot, we reluctantly departed NYC.

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We were excited to enter North New Jersey, as it was announced by a sign to be the “embroidery capital of the world since 1872”. Yippee! Was not exciting as it sounds, let me tell you…

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Walked down market street to city hall and the love sign.

 

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Popped into Reading Terminal Market – loved it! Leah had a “famous” roast beef sandwich (no, no Philly cheesesteak – this sandwich called her name!) with roast beef, coleslaw and some kind of special sauce! Gillian had a delicious falafel and carrot, ginger & pineapple juice. We picked up some baked goods, pie for dessert and sandwiches for our drive to Baltimore later. Definitely the highlight of Philly for us both! We walked back for a tour of Independence Hall and walked by where the lib bell is (luckily you can see it through the window because the line was HUGE! And, for the record, it’s much smaller than  expected!).

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We got the car and drove to the Singing Fountain only to find that it had been covered over with a Christmas tree and there was no singing or music of any kind…. Moving along we sat in traffic for a while to get to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art aka the Rocky steps. We parked, took in the steps and the rocky statue and drove across the river to Drexel Park which has a nice view of the city skyline. A few jumping pictures later we were back on the road to Baltimore! We split our delicious sandwiches en route, first a salmon, cucumber and lettuce wrap with a spicy lemon mayo (delicious!) then a sandwich with artichokes, mozzarella, spinach and tomato! So good!

Baltimore:

-lots, nay excessive amount

s, of honking

-fireworks to welcome us

-closed monuments

-nice Starbucks employees

-city nightview

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