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Monday, June 18

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A beautiful shot of the Blue Whale!  I can just imagine how much fun this little water park brought to this community a few decades ago! 

This field trip was born out of our trip down Route 66 in Stroud, OK (see last week for that unit).  We decided since we had done a portion of Route 66, why not try to do the entire stretch?  We will continue doing this in smaller increments.  Even planning it out, we don’t see all the sights!  Each time I plan I choose a 30-45 mile stretch, and I choose which sites to see based on history and preservation.  Each time I try to explain to the kids just how important it is to take care of these things so future generations can enjoy them as well.  

The Rock Creek Bridge is a great example because of the condition it is now, it may not be here for my children’s children to enjoy.  Preserving history is such an important part of education because history makes up so much of our education.  When you read for Language Arts, you read many historical stories; when you practice spelling words, the lessons often come from history (ours do, anyway); everything has a history and we want to pass that down to future generations! It is MUCH more fun to see these things in person than to read about them and see photos!

Entrance to the Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK.  This used to be a water park and the whale along with a few other pieces have been salvaged and preserved and are now quirky 66 land marks (there is a dilapidated pirate ship, some very vintage restrooms, and the old ticket booth as well as a small light house and some cute picnic tables left)  Rock Creek Bridge in Sapulpa-it has closed in the last year due to weathering, and is a prime example of how we should take care of the things we have for future generations.  This is a beautiful location, the creek it crosses is a lovely work of God, but difficult to access because it hasn’t been kept up.
“Charlie Porter” tugboat at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa (off of the Arkansas River)  This was a surprise as we were looking for the historical museum which has since moved, but we got a great lesson on how tugboats work and what they are used for.  “The Nut House” in Catoosa (3 miles east of the Blue Whale) was my favorite surprise find!  The fudge is homemade along with many other items and the owners are the sweetest women you can find!  The shop has sweets and a few savories as well as a trinket/gift shop.  Of COURSE we bought some fudge…after the kids tasted it we couldn’t say no!  Plus, support small/local business!
The kids posed under the tugboat near the propellers.  I love how they have this set up where you can go under to see the workings!  The mouth of the Blue Whale in Catoosa.  This whale is the reason the kids wanted to take this trip!  We drove east to Catoosa and moseyed our way home from there stopping to see sights along the way.  Again, another thing we want to see preserved!  Preservation of history is key for education!
This is our crazy selfie in the car!  A Route 66 field trip means a LOT of car time!  We began in Shawnee, drove to Catoosa and back, stopping along the way which took a total of about 7 hours.  Even getting in and out frequently we had some stir crazy kiddos!  We found this ADORABLE welcome sign to the Catoosa Whale water park.  This sign has been well preserved and is so adorable!  I hope it stays that way!
A rail bridge still in use between Catoosa and Tulsa.  I took the photo on a whim so I don’t remember the exact location, but just minutes later a train went across it!  The Charlie Border Tugboat at the Port of Catoosa.

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