Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th & This Blog's 1st Anniversary

As part of our 4th of July celebration, we drove out to the Blue Whale fireworks stand in Catoosa, Oklahoma. The Blue Whale is the perfect location for a fireworks stand. 
Fireworks + watermelon + Route 66 landmark= Americana trifecta!
For those who don't live in the Tulsa area, or may not have seen the Blue Whale before, here's a bit of history. The Blue Whale is a Route 66 roadside attraction that was once a popular waterpark.
The giant concrete whale is a water slide. 
Kids walked into the whale through his mouth. They could  go down one of the whale's fins, which are slides. The tail is a diving board and there are port-holes window on the top level. 
Years ago, the Blue Whale fell into disrepair. One of Oklahoma's favorite landmarks was very much in danger of being lost forever.
Luckily, many people cared enough about the Blue Whale to donate money and time into refurbishing him.

The murky water is unsafe for swimming, but the Blue Whale is still a popular Route 66 attraction. 
The blue whale is so photogenic! He's the perfect subject for trying out my new camera.
Even the tables and seating are shaped in the image of the famous blue whale.

This cute whale adorns the exterior of the ladies room.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!


Traci @ The Bakery said...

Oh I love the post on the Blue Whale! It always amazes me how pictures can make something look so much nicer than it really is. If one didn't really know about the disrepair of the Blue Whale....your pictures make it look AWESOME!! I have faith that Oklahoma can make it look awesome again, don't you? I wonder what it would take to get the water back to swimming safe water? I just live over in Wagoner...maybe we will see each other at a flea market one of these days! Great blog!

La navaja en el ojo said...

Love the whale.


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