This past weekend, Sarah was having a friend in from out of state for a few days so Trever and I decided to take off on a short trip. Tulsa is an easy drive – about 3 1/2 hours – and we haven’t been here in a few years so I booked an Airbnb in neighboirng Sapulpa, Oklahoma and we hit the road after he was done with work Friday evening.
It was a mostly uneventful drive, ironically down the same road along which we had come home less than two weeks ago. We listened to old country, stopped for a burger, and hoped to be there before dark. After we turned north off I-40 onto the Muskogee Turnpike, we realized we had enough cash for approximately 1 1/2 tolls. However, modern technology does provide, so we just sped through the pike pass lanes and I assume we will get a bill later.
The sky had been alternately gloomy and gorgeous as we headed west. It wasn’t until we were about 45 minutes from our destination that we drove into a severe thunderstorm with winds that felt as if they were going to blow us off the road. One tiny wrong turn (my fault!) and an hour later, the rain had subsided and we made it to our rental.
This particular property wasn’t the best I had ever chosen. It was clean and had nice appliances and furniture but the curb appeal was zilch, there were no towel bars in the bathroom and no extra towels, linens, or blankets. Just the bare minimum. But it was relatively inexpensive and better than an equitably price hotel. Because I am who I am, I promptly tripped going up the front stairs but – in my defense – the three steps were of varying heights!
Saturday morning, I made a terrible cup of coffee and sat and wrote for a few minutes while I waited for Trever to get ready. I saw my first cat of the day out the front window and we went to McDonald’s for a quick breakfast while we waited for the stores downtown to open.
Sapulpa is a town along route 66 about 15 minutes from Tulsa proper. It has a lovely downtown with many historical building housing antique shops and restaurants, and we spent a few hours there before heading into the city.
Our main folly Saturday was not having a definitive plan of what to do once we got downtown. We drove around and took in the sights but didn’t actually DO anything. No museums, no shops, just views from the car. We had a late lunch at Mexical Border Cafe and then went to the WRONG casino. I had not realized that many of the casinos in Oklahoma allowed smoking and we went to Osage for long enough to each lose twenty dollars on the slot machines before calling it an afternoon.
Back in Sapulpa, we went to Sugar Llamas, a dessert and ice cream shop downtown, and drove around a bit more before heading back to the rental. Cat pictured lived next door!
Sunday morning, we checked out and drove back into Tulsa to go to the Center of the Universe* and have breakfast at Dilly’s Diner – would highly recommend! We then headed east bound to Arkansas. It was a fun little break for the two of us even if it wasn’t a relaxing weekend!
Karri Temple Brackett
July 16, 2023
*The “Center of the Universe” is a little-known mysterious acoustic phenomenon. If you stand in the middle of the circle and make a noise, the sound is echoed back several times louder than it was made. It’s your own private amplified echo chamber. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-center-of-the-universe-tulsa-oklahoma