Monday, November 28, 2011

We hit the road and ended up in Tulsa...

Two weeks ago, I was in a huge funk. I had gotten a call from my doctors office getting the "official" word that they're finished with me. I now am referred to the Reproductive Resource Center in Kansas City for "more evasive treatments." Anyway, my hubs had remembered a comment that I made about wanting to see Happy Feet 2, so he got us two tickets to the new IMAX theater to see the movie in 3D.

After the movie was over, I had this overwhelming urge to just leave.  I wanted to leave town for the weekend.  We rarely ever go anywhere, so I decided to give in to my urge and take a road trip.  I asked the hubs if he wanted to go to Oklahoma, and he said, "ok."  So, at 11:30 pm we got home, and I told him we had 15 minutes to pack everything we needed for the next few days.  We jumped out of the car and scrambled about the house looking for any and everything we could possibly need.  We made it to the gas station by 12 am, and we filled up our tank and put gas in our tires then set out on the interstate.  I drove and drove and drove for what seemed like an eternity before I started getting tired (Luke slept on and off the 3 hours on the road).  I finally saw a sign for a hotel in Rogers, AR, so we stopped there for the night.  Talk about a nice hotel!  All I cared about was having a room that had a bed and shower, but the room was so much more than that!  It was so modern.!  Anyway, we found some pamphlets at the entrance of the hotel for things to do in Oklahoma, so we picked up a few.  Luke and I decided to go to the aquarium in Jenks, OK.  After we ran through the toll booth lane without paying (that's a whole other story for another time), we finally made it to the aquarium.

The aquarium wasn't as busy as I thought it would be for a Saturday morning/afternoon.  When we got inside, people were setting up tables, and catering trays.  Apparently they were getting ready for a banquet, but I found out that people can have weddings there too!

I'm not sure I'd ever want to be married at the aquarium, I'm quite grossed out by the smell of fish, but to each their own, yeah?  
We continued to walk around, and we saw some really cool things!  Here are some of my favorite pics I took from the trip (I only took a few, anyway!)

Also, I was able to pet a shark and a stingray.  Grated, it took me a good 45 minutes before I convinced myself to put my hand in the tank, but I still ended up petting them!  I had little kids telling me, "just do it--I did" or "I was scared, too, but now look, I can't stop playing with them--don't be scared."  Talk about feeling like a baby, even the little ones weren't scared!  Oh well, at least I went through with it EVENTUALLY. 

Just before we left, we stumbled upon a domed hallway of thick glass, at least I hope it was thick!!!  People could walk under the glass and surrounding them were sharks galore!  It's kinda surreal.

Overall, it was a great trip.  We stayed in nice hotels and didn't have to pay the high price we expected.  I got out of town, and I desperately needed to get away.  I'll always remember that weekend.  It was filled with more laughter in those two days than there have been for the last year!  I think it was a part of the healing process I have been needing.


  1. You are totally impulsive, and I LOVE IT! I would be so down for a random spur of the moment trip at 11:30 at night! I am jealous!! And happy feet 2 in 3d? Extra jealous!! I think it's great that you just went where ever your lil heart desired. That aquarium looks incredible! I've never seen anything like it in my life! The shark part has to be my favorite! I so want to go there! Just what you needed before you start all those "fun" treatments! Hoping for the best for you always! <3 Michelle

  2. Gotta love the jellies! They are my favorite. Sometimes all you need is a quick escape. When I lived in Florida, I'd take off for the keys at least once a month, float around in the ocean and eat key lime pie.

    Those were some fabulous days. :)

  3. You could have dropped by my house, I live 5 minutes away from the aquarium! But that would be creepy since we don't really know each other...huh? ;)
    We had our wedding reception at the hotel right next door to the aquarium. We tried to book the aquarium itself for the reception but they were booked that day. We have been to a reception there and it was awesome!

  4. That sounds like such a blast. I'm so glad you went.

    P. S. I LOVE aquariums, but I don't think I'd want to get married in one either LOL!

  5. Yeah! I'm so glad you took off! Sometimes that is the only thing to do to perk yourself up! What a trip! I'm jealous. I want to go now. lol


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