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#21 railiner

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 05:13 PM

 

 

I've been in 48 states and will get to the other 2 in August. And will ride the rails in both those states, Oklahoma and Michigan. 

 

Oklahoma's going to be one of my last states (I've been to 37). One of my friends suggested I get it out of the way ASAP so my "50th State" isn't so anti-climactic.

 

I know there are interesting things to see there, so it's not a knock against Oklahoma, but it's hard to get excited when I have states like Vermont, Wyoming, Alaska, and Hawaii left on the list. :)

 

 

Sarah, just because it's not obvious don't think that Oklahoma hasn't got a lot to offer. OKC is one of the fastest growing cities in the mid-west in particular for young people. Then OKC has the Rodeo Opry (Centenial Rodeo Opry) which is a pure delight in a modern world. 

 

As non Americans we're interested in all places America and Oklahoma is in our top 2 of favourite states with good reason. Give it a try with an open mind but you will have to dig a bit as they don't shout about their good fortune.

 

They don't shout?  I guess you have never heard them sing this.... :P    (Sorry, I couldn't resist this reply) :)

 


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 07:00 PM

Seaboard92, I hope you're able to accomplish that goal! Good luck, as I've only been to 30 states myself. Impressed and envious(lol why would I not be?) that I see others are ahead of me on this goal, and have hit slightly more such as 38 states. Really need to step up my trips to northeast states(live in the Midwest, most of my trips have been to Midwest or Southern states, with a few outside of those areas including the west), and start trying to explore more northwest states too such as Oregon, Idaho, Montana, etc.
 
Any plans for flying to Hawaii somehow yet, Seaboard?

I think I'm going to squeeze Hawaii in dead last because it'll be during the coldest month of the year here. And that just sounds like a good idea. I'm still trying to work in Oklahoma and South Dakota somehow. I'm proud of myself so far for my large number.

Also I'm a bit bias like JayPea. But Portland is lovely. It's my favorite place in the Lower 48. I can give all sorts of recommendations.

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 12:50 AM

Sarah, just because it's not obvious don't think that Oklahoma hasn't got a lot to offer. OKC is one of the fastest growing cities in the midwest in particular for young people. Then OKC has the Rodeo Opry (Centenial Rodeo Opry) which is a pure delight in a modern world. 

 

As non Americans we're interested in all places America and Oklahoma is in our top 2 of favourite states with good reason. Give it a try with an open mind but you will have to dig a bit as they don't shout about their good fortune.

 

 

I know they have a lot to offer. I'm just not as excited about Oklahoma as I am about some of the other states I have left. :)

 

My birth mother lives there, though, and I know she wants to meet me. She's in Tulsa, so I'll probably head there for a day and then check out the Ozarks.


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Posted 03 June 2018 - 09:50 AM

Tulsa is nothing to write home about Sarah, but as Jamie said, Oklahoma City (ride the Heartland Flyer to/from Dallas,and the Thruway Bus to Kansas for the Chief)is an overlooked Major City.

Also they has lots of Lakes, Native American Reservations, Casinos and many interesting Museums.

The best part of the Ozarks are in Arkansas and Missouri.

As for the people,most people think of the "Okies" that migrated to California during the Dust Bowl days.Here in Texas, we think of them as people too dumb to cross the Red River to Texas!😁😄

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 01:38 PM

'As for the people,most people think of the "Okies" that migrated to California during the Dust Bowl days.Here in Texas, we think of them as people too dumb to cross the Red River to Texas!'

 

​Didn't want to mention this Bob, but most of the young people moving to OKC are from Texas!



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Posted 03 June 2018 - 01:39 PM

Seaboard, if it's not too personal a question what enables you to move around the country so much, is it work?



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Posted 03 June 2018 - 11:34 PM

As for the people,most people think of the "Okies" that migrated to California during the Dust Bowl days.Here in Texas, we think of them as people too dumb to cross the Red River to Texas!

You hear the one about the difference between "Okies" and Texan's?

"Okies" are the ones that have the bulls*** on the Outside of their cowboy boots.....

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Just teasing...couldn't resist that old joke....please don't take offense.... :)


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Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:32 AM

Good info Jamie, and FYI Okies and Texans are brought up to consider the other inferior, and in the case of Oklahoma, it's True!😁😄

No offense taken,it's all in fun!😉
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 08:45 AM

Seaboard, if it's not too personal a question what enables you to move around the country so much, is it work?

It's not personal at all. A lot of it is work related because I work on private railcars. So I get a lot of traveling done because I almost feel like a nomad. Then a lot of it too is because my friends love all over the place and I try to see everyone at least once a year.
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