One of the greatest things about being married to one Heather Liles is how on such a regular basis she finds a veritable laundry list of cool and new (cheap & or free) things for us to check out. So whenever she tells me she has an idea for a day trip, I get really excited. I got even more curious when she suggested Oklahoma. We had talked about Tulsa, but until we started check into it, it was apparent that we had to check out Norman, OK and yes, Historic Route 66!
So, we collected our good friend Katie and headed north to Oklahoma by way of Denton Texas. Denton of course has history for myself, being a UNT grad and a few slightly unpleasant stops for us meant that there is only two things that could bring us back…the promise of donuts and coffee made wit love from friends at Jupiter House. Donuts came in the form a new place for us, Denton Square Donuts, which turned from excitement to disappointment when we discovered that midway through a Saturday morning they had run out (?) and had only a few puff pastries left (which was delicious!). Hopefully next time such a cool looking shop will have donuts for us to sample. Things got better for the coffee drinkers in the car when our talented/good friend Sarah made us perfect coffee at Jupiter House.
Arriving in Norman, we had one thing in mind, (seeing as Heather is a HUGE Walt Disney/all things Disney enthusiast)- the Century of Magic: The Animation of the Walt Disney Studios exhibit at the Fred Jones Museum at the University of Oklahoma. Such an amazing exhibit of animation cells from the entire history of Disney was so cool to experience together. From Alice in Wonderland to Lady In The Tramp to Robin Hood, a wonderfully curated set up in the best university museum we had ever toured. But Norman didn’t stop there! From the discovery (for next time) that Norman rents bicycles, to the surprisingly lovely and bountiful Anty Shanty Vintage, where some cool pieces came home with us. We really loved and took inspiration from what this store had to offer! There is a lot more to Norman than just OU football, and thank God for that.
Oklahoma City is a city that we were not as familiar with, and we crossed through it on a mission to find a store Heather had heard about, Bohemian Spirit Vintage. On the city’s north side, I must say it was quite the amazing collection of entire decades of vintage in a quaint shop. Entire period sets of movies could be dressed out of this store of mid century colors and patterns. But alas, our hearts were set on another stop: Route 66. New to all of us, we wished for a 60’s convertible (at least I did) and headed east to the one place that held a bit of mystery, a lone building with futuristic soda pop bottle of neon beckoning us.
Pops is amazing, from window displays of thousands of colored pop bottles to hundreds of different flavors to temp us. Soon enough, a dozen sodas with root beers and even bacon soda! Drinks in hand, Pop’s burgers were in order because why come to Route 66 and not have an American classic? Happiness ensued and soon enough the open road south back to the smooth roads of our beloved Texas called our names. With another stop at Jupiter House in Denton to have the amazing Courtney make one last coffee for the final push and one of the best and perfectly complete day trips ever came to a wonderful close.
Oklahoma, you treated us well, and we will see you again very soon!