Saturday, March 10, 2007

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Well this post doesn't have much to do with fishing or fly tying (unless you count a trip to Academy & Bass Pro Shop).

We are in OKC visiting Matt and attending Spring Sing. We hooked up with Matt for dinner at Chili's and saw the show last night. It was really good and it was obviously a lot of work for the stage crew to get all the performers on and off the stage with the right props, lights, sound, etc.

Robyn was able to come up and she arrived while we were in the show so we caught up with her at the hotel. This morning we all got together and Matt gave us the grand tour of the OC campus. We even got to see his freshman engineering project - a remote controlled car. The car was built from the ground up by the students and was wired with motors, a rechargeable battery, sensors, led lights, and a programmable "stamp". Matt was unable to demonstrate how his car worked since it had the wrong program onboard. He was in the process of wiring up and programming it to fire off a stopwatch (from an old wristwatch). Pretty cool!

We all had lunch together at Mac Alister's deli and we took Matt back to school to prepare for the matinee.

The rest of us touristas headed down Route 66 to the Round Barn in Arcadia. The resident character - Butch - was there to greet us and to try to sell one of his paper plate creations. They were mainly mother-in-law jokes hand written and illustrated with a sharpie on the front and back of a white paper plate.

Next stop was the OKC National Memorial built on the site of the 1995 Murrah Federal Building.

This is the third visit we have made and each time has been an almost overwhelming experience. The museum and outdoor memorial are very well done. I would highly recommend this to anyone coming to the OKC area.

I'm including some pictures that remind me of the tragety and the hope of the future.

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Through the bars

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The Fence

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Reflection Pool

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The Survivor Tree

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Field of Empty Chairs

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Signs of Spring

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Redbuds

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New Beginnings

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Future Pine Cones

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Passing Seasons


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Turning the Corner

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The Wall

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Isaiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

2 comments:

Bawana said...

This Post really captured how powerful it must be to visit that place. It was great that you got to spend that time together as a family, Great pictures It's a preview of coming atractions.

eatmorefish said...

Nice job catching the memorial. I like the empty chairs. It is original. I know you guys are having fun all together.....enjoy these events seem to get further apart and harder to do.