Goal: Albuquerque, NM
Day 2 of our road trip started with a little bit of a back-track. We arrived at our destination (Tulsa, OK) a bit too late last night to visit the Blue Whale of Catoosa, so we asked the children if they wanted to travel back 15 minutes to explore it. The Blue Whale was one of the sites we researched ahead of time to prepare for our trip. Both the children decided that it would be important for them to see the Blue Whale in the daytime, as this was part of their original plan. So backtrack we did. Though no longer a site for water fun, the Blue Whale has been lovingly restored. Make sure to leave a donation so future visitors can enjoy this simple attraction that, in person, has the power to transport you on a brief journey back to a simpler time.
We also stopped by the Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler, OK. The Interpretive Center had many nice video exhibits that helped the kids understand a little more about Route 66 and the history associated with it. And it had a nice little gift shop. Definitely worth the stop. Also, Jerry McClanahan who wrote the Route 66: EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers, the book that we relied on so heavily throughout our entire trip, has a gallery in Chandler. Unfortunately, I wasn’t paying so much attention to the book and didn’t realize that we missed it until we were on our way out of town.
We continued on our way through Oklahoma, making sure we didn’t miss what Jerry McClanahan, in his EZ Guide, calls “the western end of one of the BEST drives on all of ’66: the 1930’s route from EL RENO to HYDRO.” We cruised this portion of the trip while listening to one of the best versions of “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” I’ve heard, sung by Natalie Cole and Diana Krall.
Our journey took us onward to Amarillo, Texas, where we stopped at Cadillac Ranch to add our mark to this odd piece of public art. Against my better judgment, I allowed the children to pick up one of the random cans of spray paint that had been strewn about (or caringly shared – to put a positive spin on this environmental irresponsibility) and have fun adding a little color to the layers and layers of paint that are sprayed upon these old caddies.
At the end of another long day of driving, we pulled into our motel in Albuquerque, NM long after dark.
Day 2 Goal: Accomplished