One roadside attraction on Route 66 I've really wanted to see for a while was the Blue Whale.
What attracted me to it is how it is just so odd, colorful, and one-of-a-kind.
Plus we don't have whales in Oklahoma, which just makes this so funky and fun.
This was our last 66 stop for the day before dark, and the sun was beginning to set, which made for incredible skies and great reflections in the pond.
I never realized the whale was actually a dock that you can walk out on, as well as a retired swimming hole playground. Can't you imagine the bliss of sliding into the water off a giant blue whale fin?
Tyler is just about to enter the belly of the whale!
The whale is constructed of concrete and steel, with chicken wire holding things together on the inside.
There are all kinds of places that could have been used to jump in the pond when this was still a water park.
The whale tail doubles as a great jumping location - although the pond is now shallow from drought and swimming hasn't been allowed here since the '80s.
The dock's construction.
This is the view toward the whale's mouth from inside the whale. You can see several pipes and hoses that must have been used to run water down the slides.
The whale fins on each side are slides into the pond.
There is a second deck up above! It looked pretty cool...but we didn't go up there.
But Tyler may have taken a peek...
Me with the blue whale!
|This is the only picture of me Tyler took, and we forgot to check it very closely - my face is distorted! Oops! Oh well, I'm using it anyway.|