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The Travel Diary of Ian Lebold  
Oklahoma Trip (A Road trip from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma and all the States in between...)- June, 2009

A whirlwind road trip through the MidWest. 1 week, 10 States, and a whole lot of fun! (Route Map)

Our first stop was at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, Ohio. We were told it was a big grocery store but it was more like a museum where you can get food. My favorite was Elvis, the singing animated bear. Daddy liked the cheese department and the large selection of hot sauces. It had a huge selection of cheeses from around the world. They even had a 842lb block of cheese curing right therer in the store. The only thing that could have made this stop better was to have gone swimming in the waterfall with the jungle animal statues, but that wasn't allowed. If you ever get the chance to stop, don't forget to visit the world renowned port-a-potties.

Jungle Jims

Next was a stop over in St. Louis, Missouri. We spent the day walking around downtown and taking a ride up to the top of the famous Gateway Arch. The Arch is the tallest national monument in the United States standing at 630 feet tall. Construction began February 12, 1963 and continued until the last section of the Arch was put into place on October 28, 1965. I loved the ride to the top!

To break up the long drive, we stopped in Tulsa, Oklahoma and spent sometime at a little water playground. What a great way to have a little fun in the sun! I loved splashing in the fountains and sprinklers!

Ian at the Waterpark

The next stop was Oklahoma City for a family wedding. I spent a little time seeing the sites around the city, but the majority of the time was spent with family. The wedding was beautiful and everyone had a great time. I especially liked the heart shaped sugar cookies! I hope to go back for a visit in the future.

The Wedding of the Year

After our family visit, we headed North towards the Lebold Mansion which is located in Abilene, Kansas. This is a site daddy always wanted to see. As a side note to any Lebolds reading this, you will DO NOT get a discount for sharing the same last name. The Lebold Mansion however was worth seeing as the owners have done a fabulous job at decorating the entire house in period antiques and they are very knowledgeable of the mansion's history.

At the Lebold Mansion

On our race back home we stopped at various spots worth mentioning. In Omaha, Nebraska, I enjoyed yet another water playground. I didn't even bother putting my swim clothes on. I just splashed right in and had a great time!

Nebraska WaterparkNebraska Iowa Walking Bridge

We headed east on route 80 and had to stop at the famous truck stop - Iowa 80. They have everything there for truck drivers including a dentist and a dog wash! We finished up our trip with a stop at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio. I liked watching the elephants play ball and coming face to face with an orangutan.

Iowa 80

Ian at the zoo

After 3033 miles, we finally made it back home. Momma and Daddy said I was a great car traveler. I wonder where our next road trip will take us!? (Hint Man and Dad, I want to go to Alaska!)

Indiana State Line

Tony Packos Cafe SignFamous Tony Packos Cafe