This past weekend I was on the road again to Oklahoma. The drive isn’t so bad – it’s about three hours north to Dallas and then another four from there to Tulsa. The landscape this time was absolutely beautiful. I think I missed the blooming of the sunflowers by a week or two (those are spectacular along 35 N to Dallas) but there was still plenty of green pastures with pops of wildflower color.
Plus I had a cute travel companion.
We drove straight to an appointment to close on a house! On an earlier spring visit to Tulsa, I went to three open houses with my friend Katie and on the third one, I knew I wanted this house. It’s hard to explain, just a feeling I had. I put an offer on it and now here we are! Miley and I will be in Owen Park and I love the historic feel of our neighborhood. There is a park with a track and pond close by for us both to run in. The best part is the front porch, just waiting for a good porch swing. Miley likes the chickens in the community garden next door, and I sense some potential trouble there.
Miley and I hung out in the emptiness for a while (right after we set off the alarm and met the Tulsa police department…) until Katie and Justin brought over dinner and some folding chairs.
I’ll give you a full tour of the house another time but for now, check out my second favorite feature (after the porch of course) – my office space!
So, that was our first task for the weekend. A big, adult task. The next one was hosting the inaugural running group from Foolish Things on Saturday morning. Katie, Alexis and I spent the morning on a 2.4 mile run. We started downtown and then met up with the Midland Valley Trail to head back into town. A great start to a running and coffee community that I can’t wait to see expand!
Then I had hours to fill in my new town. So, Miley and I set out on foot to check out some trails. The first one is called the Midland Valley Trail and runs through downtown. It’s comparable to the Greenline in Memphis and the Monon in Indianapolis in that it’s nicely paved and has a few stops with water fountains.
We ended up along the Arkansas River and tackled some mega hills to head back to downtown.
A little farther out of town we were tipped off to a place called Turkey Mountain and dodged some thunderstorms for a hike. This trail is a little more like Eagle Creek in Zionsville or the Greenbelt in Austin in that it’s dirt and woodsy. Miley loved it! There were little spots of water and plenty of hills. She met her first turtle too!
The hills here will be great practice 🙂 I anticipate many Sundays spent on the mountain with the little monkey.
I also anticipate my running expanding to trails a bit, an exciting new realm of possibilities!
It was a wonderful, productive and active weekend in our new home! I’m looking forward to being there permanently in August, and visiting a few more times before then for more exploring!
What do you love to do for activity in Tulsa? Have you been to Turkey Mountain?