Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Totem Pole Park - OKLA Route 66

Last Saturday, Tyler and I did something that we haven't done in a long time.

We haven't gone somewhere fun on a whim in so long, that I don't remember the last time it happened.

We woke up Saturday morning to a day with a beautiful forecast and didn't have plans.  I couldn't sleep past 6 am, so I got up and decided that we needed to take a roadtrip.  Tyler was down with the idea, so we started brainstorming where we'd go.  

Our options came down to going hiking somewhere or visiting the other part of Oklahoma's stretch of Route 66.  You see, in 2011 we went on much of Oklahoma's western part of Route 66, but it didn't have very many famous attractions.  It was still a fun road trip, but I've still wanted to visit the other sites.  


The furthest site we visited was Totem Pole Park near Foyil, OK.  We actually drove to the furthest site we planned to make into our day trip and worked our way backwards toward home again.  

This park is just off Highway 28, on a corner cinched between a private residence and a brightly painted gift shop.

Above is by far the tallest totem pole, but there were a few smaller ones as well.

The totem poles are constructed of concrete, and painted bright colors with amazing details.

Above is just one of many paintings that are just details of the large totem pole.

I made Tyler stand in front of the totem pole for scale.

Unfortunately, the fiddle house was closed until February, but it we peered through the windows to see all sorts of hanging fiddles and other interesting objects.

Adjacent to the fiddle house is this smaller totem pole, also near several picnic tables also constructed of concrete and painted bright colors.

Tyler found an old creaky crank drill in the park to play with!

(BSA Eagle Project)

Located just behind Totem Park, there is a small nature trail that Tyler noticed immediately when we entered the parking area.

After visiting the totem poles, we headed off to check this part out, only to find out that it was done as an Eagle Scout project.  Since Tyler was an Eagle Scout and is also now a scoutmaster for a new troop, we were even more interested in the trail!

The boys who participated in this project would have done some extensive planning to organize the trail, gather resources and funding, and carry out the project themselves.  We thought their project was a really nice idea that benefits those in their area, and tourists alike.

 The trail is quite short, but the foliage is none-the-less beautiful.  
I love how foliage in winter is still so pretty.

Keep checking in for more posts about the sites we visited on our Route 66 road trip!  

When was the last time you did something spontaneous?

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  1. I've been wanting to do something spontaneous like a road trip with my boyfriend for awhile! I need to just do it soon. But yours looks like fun! I love seeing quirky tourist attractions on road trips, seeing things like that make road trip so much fun!

  2. Some of my favorite memories are those more spontaneous trips - something about the spontaneity makes it a little more fun, I think! Hopefully you and your boyfriend can hit the road somewhere fun soon! Every couple needs some road tripping every once in a while! :)

  3. Today we went to Philbrook Museum and the Woody Guthrie Museum in Tulsa. A great activity for a cold day, but the Totem Pole park is now on my list. Thanks.

  4. Beautiful pictures. I have never been here despite all my years in Oklahoma. I hope I make it someday!

  5. I loved Totem Pole park when we visited. So strange and quirky!

  6. It was a really nice little park! So quirky, and close enough to Claremore to make some other Route 66 stops on the same day! I just wish the fiddle shop had been open on our visit!

  7. It has been a long time since I've been to the Philbrook, I remember it being a very nice museum though! Totem Pole Park is isn't really big, but each one has so much detail - a great visit on a warm day!

  8. I loved it as well - I feel like I've been waiting forever to visit some of the quirkier of the Oklahoma sites!


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