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Summer Staycation(s)

Summer Staycation(s)

by Jesse on September 9, 2017

Hi friends!

I know it’s been a bit since I have blogged. Seems the older the kids get the busier we are. With that said having a summer getaway for any extended period of time has also been something we haven’t done in a couple of years. So this year I decided to create a summer bucket list. Things that we could easily fit into our schedule at little to no cost. Sounds pretty good, right? You would be surprised at how easy it is to find fun things in your area.

Kind of on a whim, on Memorial weekend we decided to take a drive to the Blue Whale (in Catoosa, Ok). It’s a free (small) attraction that my kids think is the coolest thing. It sits in a pond, almost like a dock. There are several areas to climb up to get a different view of the wooded area and pond that surround the property. Just a fun little stop. (FREE)




We decided since we weren’t all that far from Will Rogers birthplace that we would drive over and check it out. It’s also free. There are beautiful grounds with horses and a peacock. You’re able to tour the home just as it was all those years ago.


A little gas and a Quick Trip Icee was all this excursion cost us and we had the best time. It was after this little trip that we started a list of fun things to do for summer. Turned out to be the best! We didn’t have one trip and done, we were able to have a fun mini trip every other week or so.

Some of our other stops included, a trip to Lake Bixhoma. (FREE)



Sno Cones!


A trip to Pop’s (in Arcadia)



Hiking! We have a few different spots that we love to do this.

Turkey Mountain (Tulsa – FREE)


Zink Park (Tulsa – FREE)

Peak Family Hike & Milkshakes-13

Peak Family Hike & Milkshakes-16

Quite possibly our favorite stop of the season… the Bathtub Rocks in Tahlequah. (FREE)






The Garden Center and Linnaeus Gardens, both FREE!


LaFortune Pool ($2 per person)


Always a favorite, The Central Library. With books a plenty and if you’re 12 and older they have a flight simulator!


Shakes at the old fashioned soda shop Ida Red, downtown Tulsa.

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A float trip on the Illinois River in Tahlequah is always a treat. Honestly, I could live out there. If it were a bit closer we’d probably be out there a lot more often. This visit, we started at Hanging Rock. It was a great 6 mile float!





I hadn’t been here since I was in elementary school. It is definitely worth a trip to Bartlesville. While we were there we got to throw tomahawks and shoot a real musket.



Last but not least we had new family photos taken. It’s always a highlight for me. I love capturing who we are at each stage in life.

(photo below taken by Molly Thrasher)

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I hope your summer was wonderful! And know that you don’t have to go to the beach 800 miles away to have a fun summer. There is plenty in your own backyard!



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