Thursday we moved to Guthrie, once the capital of Oklahoma, to visit our friends Bill & Judy Zivko. We began our visit with a tour of Zivko Aeronautics, founded by Bill & Judy and creators of the Zivko Edge, the primary aircraft of the Red Bull World Champion Air Race . (They also have a range of government projects, most of which we were not cleared to know about.) Later in the afternoon we went to Stables Cafe for a barbecue sandwich (Bill) and a salad (Pat) accompanied by beer (both of us). Before heading out to their house we stopped at a local wine store to help them select a few bottles for their cellar.
|Zivko Edge Aircraft in flight|
|Regions of origin of Native Americans moved to Oklahoma|
The whole group headed to Oklahoma City on Saturday. The first stop was the memorial at the site of the 1995 bombing of the Federal Building. Very well done with rows of chairs representing the floors on which victims died (with large chairs for adults and small chairs for children. Bill and Judy felt the concussion in Guthrie, 32 miles away.
Next we went to Bricktown where we took a canal boat tour and viewed some of the extensive life-size bronze statuary depicting the land rush. We stopped at the Bolero Spanish Grill and Tapas Bar for lunch. The Patatas Bravas, Bacon wrapped dates, fried artichokes, meatballs, and salad were excellent.
Sunday we went with Bill and Judy to their house on a lake in Northeast Oklahoma then to the Western Dressage Association of America horse show in Tulsa. Interesting experience watching the horses and riders perform. Before heading back to Guthrie we stopped at Kilkenny’s Irish Pub for Irish Ale, Stout, and Fish and Chips.
|Gypsy Vanna Horse at the World Western Dressage Show in Tulsa|
Tuesday we returned to Dallas and after settling into our hotel we went to dinner a Pappadeaux, very fine seafood restaurant...a Salmon Plank for Pat and Seabass for Bill. On the way back we made a stop at Whole Foods for some breakfast food and a bottle of wine.
|Foggy (Néboa) wine from Rias Bixas in Spain|
|Fort Worth TX Water Gardens|
|Roasted Artichoke and Cheese|
|An excellent Bornarda wine from Mendoza Argentina|
With 17,000 miles, 4 Mexican states, 2 Canadian Provinces, and 35 US states plus the District of Columbia under our belts since our start on March 20, we are ready to go home.
With the help of SW Air (great fare including 2 free checked bags each!), we headed for San Miguel in the morning. After stops in San Antonio and Mexico City we arrived home around ten PM.
Stay tuned for the next trip...