Friday, September 18, 2009


After Austin's baptism, we drove through Kentucky to pick up an antique gas pump that Gary bought. Gary has started collecting antique gas pumps -- we have two in our play room right now!!! This one is called a "Mae West" pump because of its curves! It is a very collectible pump. Gary is going to restore this pump and a couple of others that he has. We had a great time going through Kentucky -- it is sooo pretty. Then we went through Oklahoma to see an old farmer with another pump (we did not buy it) -- getting lost getting to his farm and ended up going through an animal refuge. We also got to go to the Oklahoma City federal building memorial -- very humbling and spiritual. It was beautifully done. We had a great trip -- starting out with Austin's baptism and coming home through beautiful country.

On the way to Gravel Switch, Kentucky to get the gas pump. So pretty there.
Gary and the gas pump he bought.

The Perry Store -- the old continuous running store in the US -- near Gravel Switch, Kentucky
Plague on the store explaining history
The store was full of dogs and cats -- was not open at the time, but it was so picturesque. Unfortunately, Gary locked the keys in the car and he and the guy from whom we bought the pump managed to break into the truck through the back sliding doors. While they did that, I enjoyed taking pictures of the animals and surroundings. I can't believe I didn't take a picture of them trying to crawl through the window -- now that was a picture. Wish I had gotten it!!
There were golden retriever puppies there who were soooo cute. They were so playful -- biting my toes, chasing me, it was fun. I really wanted to take one home.
Here are the puppies.
This is an outhouse that was built more recently. When it was built, they had a big party -- with big name country western singers here. They started an "outhouse racing" contest where the contestants bring their outhouses. One person has to be in the outhouse -- the others push it down the road to the finish line. It must be quite a funny thing.
This is the road for the outhouse race.
A lake in Arkansas -- we had a flat tire and this is where we pulled over to fix it. It was really pretty so, of course, I had to take pictures.
Poor Gary changing the tire!
Next we went to Oklahoma City to the former Alfred R. Murrah Federal Building -- now plaza. It is the memorial for the people who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. It was very sad, and spiritual.
Gary looking across the reflecting pond.
These "chairs" represent each person killed in the bombing.
The time 9:03 is recorded for history.
The statue "And Jesus Wept" is very appropriate and inspiring.

After we left Oklahoma City, we headed to the an old farmers house to see another gas pump. When we got lost, we ended up in an animal refuge and these buffaloes were on the way.
This Longhorn was standing right on the side of the road.

Gary and the old farmer looking at his "Mae West" pump -- which was overpriced, so we didn't get it.
The farmer's barn and signs.
Just outside of Amarillo, we came across "Mader"
This was Magnolia Station outside Amarillo, which was been renovated back to the original.

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