October 30, 2010
Copy of the Liberty Bell with Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in background
Jerry standing in front of Truman statue
The burial sites of President Truman and his wife (Bess)
Front of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Official portrait of President Truman
The replica of the Oval Room as it looked during President Truman's terms
Thomas Hart Benton Mural painted in the entrance lobby of the Museum
After leaving Missouri, we stopped to look at the Newell RVs. Haven't really checked them out before. What beautiful RVs they are!!
We picked up Route 66 and continued on to Oklahoma City where we spent one night at the Twin Fountains RV Park.
Parked at the Twin Fountains RV Park in Oklahoma City.
This is such a beautiful RV park that we expect to stay here
longer the next time we are traveling through this area.
We just had to see the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Can't believe that it has been 15 years since the bombing of that Federal Building. See http://oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/. The Museum lets you take a chronological self tour through the story of what happened on April 19, 1995. Everything is so realistic, with the clock stopped exactly at 9:02, portions of the actual damaged building and the Ryder truck differential that landed on another car a block away on display, and the stories of the 168 people that died. The front lawn contains 168 individually crafted bronze and glass chairs (with 19 smaller chairs for the children that were killed). We were both emotionally affected by the experience. Here are some of the pictures we took.
Plaque in the lobby of the Memorial
Personal items of loved ones lost on that day posted outside of the Memorial
The chairs named for each person lost and placed
in the row of the floor they were on when the bomb went off.
Reflective Pond and Chairs
This Oklahoma City Memorial is something that should be seen by everyone. It is so powerful!
As we were leaving Oklahoma City, we stopped to pick up a Starbucks to go. Jerry was having a hard time trying to find a place to park the RV. This is one reason we were having this problem. Looks like this mall (which includes Walmart) doesn't want any vehicle over 9 feet to park in its parking spaces. Is this the way Walmart is saying "no" to RVers???
October 16, 2010
October 4, 2010
The leaves are turning and it was really very colorful. Good thing we took these pictures when we did as most of the leaves fell off of the trees by the end of the week.
There are usually 35,000 people attending the Norsk Hostfest, and 1,500 RVs were scheduled to arrive. We saw Vince Gill, the Four Tops, The Temptations, Abbacadabra (who put on one of the best shows featuring the music of ABBA and whose next stop is the Oasis, the world's largest cruise ship) and many other musical acts. The five halls were filled with vendors, crafts, and entertainment.
Had a great Norwegian dinner one night with my brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Pinky. The decor in itself was beautiful, all white with colored lights behind the panels. We all enjoyed our food.
During the day, there were all kinds of other "Norwegian" foods, including bread pudding with cream and caramel sauce (so great, we had it 3 times), ableskivers and, of course, sausage.
We rode our bikes into town and had them serviced at Val's Cyclery, where I purchased my bike two years ago. Took some pictures on our way back to the RV.
Our visit with Ron and Pinky was really fun. Lots of grandkids, a new 6-month old dog (golden retriever) and a real nice evening fire in the large fire pit just made the week a great one. Also, spending time with grandson, Dan, was special.
We left Minot on Sunday and drove to Bismarck where we will stay for a couple of nights. Then, it is back to Fargo to see Sean again.