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Your One-Stop Guide For: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Welcome back to PART TWO of this series! If you're new here, no worries, we love that you're here now & you can catch up below.

For Christmas 2019, Shelbie and I packed up and headed out west on a wild, wild adventure. We prepared a bunch for this 10-day trip and honestly couldn’t have prepared for some of the things that happened. Yes, it really was that wild.

~Get it? Because he's a cowboy in the...w i l d~

Anyways, before we saddle up & get into this post, let me introduce the people behind the trip!

Hi there!! For anyone who is new to my blog, let me introduce the whole crew here. I’m Carson Presley, and I write the content behind Girls & Dogs, Oh My. I graduated college this May (err--sort-of, just not traditionally because of the Coronavirus).

The luckiest person in the world, I have two adorable Labradoodles! Scout, who is two-years-old, and Ryder, who is 8-months-old. My better half, Spencer, is the most amazing dog mom who helps me keep a handle on our two wild fur babies.

Together, we love traveling. We love packing up our Jeep and exploring new places. We’re also (until recently) first-time dog owners. In other words, we’re young and make a lot of mistakes--which is where the inspiration for this blog came from!

I want to be able to share all of our journeys and dog mom lessons with you all--especially our mistakes--so that you all can have the best possible experiences.

Every Monday I post new content with our latest adventure, traveling advice, and dog mom tips and tricks. Sometimes I post more than just Mondays, so make sure to look out for the bonus content ;)

My feed is always live on Pinterest, so feel free to follow along there and never miss another Monday with Carson again!

Now that you've met all of us, let's get into it!

There are 11 parts of this series and this is the first! Below is the outline of our trip, in sequential order. Each location will have its own post, so make sure to subscribe and get all of the adventures delivered right to your inbox!

  1. St. Louis, Missouri

  2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Thank you for continuing on with us on our adventure. I promise it only gets more and more exciting as we go. Starting………

If you’ve read some of our other pages, you know we were training for a half Ironman. We were training while we were on this trip, which meant some huge sacrifices.

3:00 A.M.

We wake up to hit the gym.


This 24-hour gym…


So what else were we going to do except…. run outside in 35-degree weather.

Thankfully the area was safe and well-lit so that we could. It was only a 45-minute run but, since we were dressed for the indoors, our little legs got windburn/frostbite. We powered through and got a pretty good run in.

5:30 A.M.

We are dressed and all packed up to hit the road.

We were headed to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In OKC, there is a National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum that we really wanted to visit! Since we had Scout, we could only go if we rotated through.

We found an adorable coffee shop called Hank’s Coffee and Wine (apparently this is a common thing, which was news to me). But we planned on one of us sitting with Scout at the coffee shop while the other went through the museum, then switching.

The plan was just about perfect.

But, of course, Murphy’s Law decided to pop in again. Not once, but twice.

Before we even got out of St. Louis, I hit an entire crater in the road and blew a tire. I didn’t just pop it. I literally blew it into oblivion.

So there we were…

Remember when I said the temperatures were literally freezing??


(Above: Actual footage of us 3 on the side of the road)

So we get out of the car, unpack the entire trunk so that we can get my spare tire out, and get the tire changed.

It was risky and dangerous and terrifying. Yet funny… more on that later!

So the tire is finally changed and we are back on the road!! What could ever go wrong?

Well, quite literally all of it.

When we got to OKC, the museum was closed for a private event. The entire museum. Literally the entire thing.

We actually laughed really hard because the odds of this happening were roughly zero but yet it still happened to us. After accepting defeat, we headed over to Hank’s Coffee to grab some good bean juice.

Instead, getting a new tire was first on the agenda, then we would reassess our activities with what time we did or didn’t have leftover.

We hung out at Pep Boys, running around with Scout in the grass next door. Getting a new tire only took around an hour, so we thankfully still had plenty of daylight left to explore.

Scout loves to swim, so we headed over to a nearby lake to let her splash around for a little bit. She is wearing this life jacket, which is only $30 from Amazon!

The sun was out and it had turned out to be a nice day, so we strapped on her life vest, unpacked a picnic, and ate dinner by Lake Hefner!

The lake is beautiful and there are tons of put-ins at the lake. You can read more about Lake Hefner, it's address, and other things to do right here.

There is a ton of highly suggested things to do, such as the Botanical Gardens, Bricktown, or other museums, but we decided against those. It was getting later in the day, many of the attractions were closed, and we didn't want to split up.

Shelbie's dad suggested visiting the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. This memorial is put in memory of those who died during the Oklahoma City Bombing. In April of 1995, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier committed an act of domestic terrorism, killing 168 people, injuring almost 700 more, and destroying nearby infrastructure.

It has been 25 years since the bombing. You can read more in-depth about the tragedy here.

The memorial portion of this museum is outdoors but is not dog-friendly. We did end up switching off to walk around the site, which only takes 15-20 minutes. It is an absolutely beautifully crafted memorial and I would highly recommend it to anyone passing through or visiting.

After touring the memorial, we headed out of town for our second National Park of the trip.

Any guesses where we went next? Drop a guess or two below! While this trip might seem like a wasn't. Buckle up, there's a 6+ hour car ride to our next destination.

xoxo, carson

About Carson Presley

I'm a dog mom of two and travel enthusiast! I graduated from college this year and am running this blog part-time while I start my new career.

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