I'm well aware that we are on the wrong side of the sign. We were in a hurry running away from tornadoes...but seriously, we were.
We packed Monday as clear full as we could starting with a tour of the University of Oklahoma. The campus was beautiful, and even though it was hot and muggy, we enjoyed wandering the campus.
The "Sooner Schooner" with a lovely inscription painted underneath it. Apparently the schooner rides around the football stadium during a game, and during a Miami football game the schooner "accidentally" flipped revealing that inscription underneath (of course, Miami-native-Nathaniel thought this was extra funny). We got a laugh out of seeing the A&M hat outside of an OU building. And if you aren't aware...Big 12 schools are highly competitive.
After the tour and grabbing lunch at an Oklahoma pizza place called Hideaway Pizza (which was delicious, btw), we hit up the Oklahoma City Zoo -- which believe me, I was way excited about.
Even after a whopping five hours in the summer heat, we'd only seen half of the zoo. We'd seen everything from barn owls to black bears to rhinoceroses to elephants, and unlike most zoos, I wasn't bored yet. And though I was worn out and ready to get into some air conditioning by the time the park closed, I was both sad to leave and excited there was so much more for me to explore on another visit.
Giant tortoises at the zoo.
Brown bears. Black bears.
We headed to downtown Oklahoma City aka Bricktown for dinner, and tried out Toby Keith's I ♥ This Bar & Grill. The food was great and both the atmosphere of the restaurant and downtown were simultaneously chill and fun. Definitely worth checking out if you ever get the chance.
The mall has a tornado shelter. An Oklahoma mural in Bricktown. In our hotel. And a fabulous car we saw downtown.