Would you like to go on a walk with me?
As you probably already know, last November I started a new job that is located in downtown Oklahoma City. It's been over 8 months now, and I absolutely love working downtown.
An abundance of tasty restaurants are within a five-minute walk, or there's always a food truck handy. The library is less than two blocks, which is great because I can check out tons of books ("only" 30 at a time, I was told). There's also a lovely park and the general hustle and bustle of the city, which is new and fun for me to see on a daily basis.
Oklahoma City in particular, I think, is great because while it is our capitol and a generally large city population wise, it's nothing even close to the kind of busy you would see in a place like Chicago or New York. Basically it's city without too much city.
A few weeks ago I decided to take my camera to work and go on a little walking tour during my lunch hour. I wasn't sure if my pictures would be interesting enough for a blog post, but then I remembered Charlotte's "Around Town" series and how much I enjoy looking at her pictures, so I figured I'd give this a shot. Granted, Charlotte lives in Europe, so her pictures are guaranteed to be more interesting than mine, but still.
Just pretend we stopped at the local smoothie shop, Crave, for a delicious drink, and now I'm taking you on a little walking tour around the downtown area. Just make sure you bring a water bottle or five, because it is hot outside.
^^^ I really need to try out our bike system. There are bike racks throughout the city, and you just rent a bike in one location and return it to any other location. It's like Netflix for active people.
^^^Everyone in my office says Coney Island is really good. It's on my list!
^^^There are painted windows like this everywhere all year round. When your state only has one professional sports team, they really get into it.
^^^I don't know what the deal is with that multicolored building on the right, but I like it.
The picture below is a fuller shot of the Myriad Gardens. This is where everyone and their mom goes to take maternity, engagement, wedding, etc., pictures. It's really a lovely area. In the summer there are free movies and concerts on the lawn, and in the winter there are pop-up shops and lights everywhere.
There are so many other things I could have taken pictures of, but in case you didn't know, it's dang hot at noon in Oklahoma, and I was dripping sweat and trying to walk fast, so I only made one quick loop and didn't detour much.
Not to ruin the illusion or anything. But seriously. I had to paper towel myself off in the bathroom after this little walk, which is, not surprisingly, exactly what it sounds like.
Anyhoo, what do you think about the tour? Should I try it again sometime when it's a bit cooler outside and I can go farther? Do you like Oklahoma City?
*If you liked this post, you might also like my "Keep It Local" series about delicious local restaurants: S&B Burger Joint (home of the peanut butter burger) | Kaisers Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Shop