Vacation Recap Part 4 -- AKA The (Maybe Not So) Thrilling Conclusion

Friday, July 12, 2013

For those of you who haven't been keeping up with this exciting saga:

Part 1 --  Part 2  --  Part 3

Sunday we woke up, packed our bags, and hit the road. Hannah was determined to take me to In-N-Out before we left Dallas, so that was our first stop. I normally don't like french fries, but they seriously had the best fries I have ever had at a restaurant. Delish. I also got a hamburger (animal style), and it was pretty good too. We grabbed shakes for the road, and those didn't disappoint either.

Thankfully Oklahoma City was only a few hours from Dallas, so the drive there was definitely one of the more pleasant ones we had.


Oklahoma looked a lot different than it always had in my head.  For some reason, I had always thought it would be very flat and brown and dusty, but it was actually very green and hilly. It was quite pretty. In fact, while we were on the interstate, there was a sign for a scenic overlook, so we took it. It ended up being a field full of metal things and towers. Really scenic.

We passed through Moore, and you could still see some of the devastation from the Tornado. It was heartbreaking to see, but it seems like they're doing a wonderful job of rebuilding. Also, fun fact: according to water tower, Toby Keith is from Moore.

We eventually got to Oklahoma City, and it was really cute (especially Bricktown)!


We didn't have much time before the concert, but Hannah wanted to stop by Bass Pro Shops first.

for some reason, she thought it was breathing
We went over to Chesapeake Arena, where the concert was being held. Hannah already had a ticket (second row!), but I didn't. I got a ticket in the upper section, but ended up getting a free upgrade to the lower section, which was a lot closer. Score!

The concert was awesome again. We talked to Olivia and her band again, and made friends with a little girl and her mom who were behind us in line. Hannah even bought a picture of Olivia to give the little girl to get signed. Big Time Rush concerts bring out the best in everyone.

We decided we weren't going to stop at a hotel that night, and I took first drive. I ended up driving from OKC to about an hour and a half outside of St. Louis. During this time, I got to drive on Route 66 (!), though I didn't get any pictures because A.) I was driving and B.) it was dark. I also got to see the sunrise while driving in the Ozarks.

this obviously isn't the sunrise, but I was driving then, remember?
We switched, and I fell asleep briefly before we got to St. Louis, but thankfully I woke up before we got there, because I wanted to see the Arch. I can't wait to go up in it someday!

the St. Louis Arch, as seen from inside Jason Aldean while driving down the interstate
The rest of the drive was fairly uneventful. We ended up getting back to Lafayette around 2pm, I think.

All in all, it was a really fun vacation. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I just wish I would have had more time to be a tourist, you know? Everybody always gives being a tourist a bad rep, but tourist-y things can be fun, and I think they need to be done at least once.

I also can't wait to take a relaxing vacation. This one was very fast-paced, hurrying from place to place. Thankfully, Tom starts getting paid vacation time in a few weeks, so we're trying to plan some sort of relaxing winter getaway. As fun as road tripping with Hannah is, I want the chance to see what a vacation with my husband is like :) (though next time, I'll try to keep the recap a little shorter!)

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