We left on Sunday morning, exchanged our car for a super nice '13 rental car (we didn't trust ours to make the long week-long trip) and were on our way to Oklahoma City. I think that day of driving took us about 8 hours - we made it there sometime in the afternoon. It was rainy and gross that first day - we tried to walk around Bricktown but there wasn't anything happening since it was a Sunday night.
We ended up eating dinner at the Toby Keith restaurant. I'll admit I was a little hesitant at first, but let me tell you this place was fantastic! The decor on the inside was amazing, and the food was really good as well. It was set up so that local bands and singers could perform while you ate, but again, being it was a Sunday night nothing was going on.
Monday morning we headed out to the Oklahoma National Stockyards - because we may have been on vacation but we were still country kids. After about half an hour of suspiciously driving around the parking lot, we finally asked a nice old guy where we were supposed to go to watch the sale. Apparently you walk up and over the holding pens to get to the barn. I think he was a little surprised to see a young out of town couple wanting to watch a livestock sale!
I thought this father and son, in their matching cowboy attire were just too cute. They actually sold their calves while we were sitting there, and it was really neat to watch them discuss the prices they had gotten - they sold a ton of calves!
Afterwards we walked around Stockyards City, which was really just a couple streets of restaurants and western wear shops - I bought a pair of jeans and fell in love with a pair of Ariat boots that I left behind (I'm still kicking myself for that). We had lunch at a little place called Stockyards City Cafe where they had the absolute best burgers we've ever had - must have been all of that fresh beef!
After lunch we headed out to our last stop in Oklahoma City - the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. I had actually been there once before on a FFA trip, but Dustin had never been. It was a must see considering he is about the biggest John Wayne fan you'll ever meet. We spent a few hours wondering around the museum and soaking up the history.
Then we headed out to Denton, TX for the night - next stop on the list was San Antonio!