Monday, January 31, 2011

We arrived in Yucca Valley

Here are a few pictures from our first day with the Huelle Family. We arrived in Yucca Valley this morning with the morning paper. We got lots of rest thanks to our last hostess who made these lovely sleeping bags for us. It's a lot warmer here! We went to lunch at Little Ceasar's. The pizza is tasty! After lunch we went to the playground with Tom and Jake's friends. They all go to school at home with their parents and meet once a week to play games together. We loved playing in the sand and grass. Tonight we are going to a High School Basketball game. More pictures to come soon.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Our last day in Oklahoma

We managed to fit just a little more into our last day in Oklahoma. We met a local celebrity at L&B Yarn Co., Gnorbert. Gnorbert is a traveling gnome with a daily photo blog. He will be making his first international trip this Spring. We are hoping to keep up with him. He is following our blog too. It was nice to meet another traveler. We visited historical Main Street in Norman. American flags lined the street and many of the buildings looked much like they did in 1900. We saw the James Garner statue. He is a famous actor from Norman. His statue was dressed as the professional gambler Bret Maverick in the comedy Western series Maverick. After walking around Main Street we had our last meal in Norman at Tarahumara's Mexican Cafe and Cantina. We tried the carne asada tacos. We were told that it wasnot really Mexican food but Tex-Mex, a style of food influenced by Mexican cuisine served in Texas and Oklahoma, we aren't really sure what that means but it tasted good. Norman, Oklahoma was fun. We enjoyed the Christmas celebrations with our hosts and their family. We cooked a lot and made a lot of people smile. But our bags are packed and we are off to California. We are excited to see our next destination.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

We took a lovely walking tour of the University of Oklahoma

We took a lovely walking tour of the University of Oklahoma. It was founded in 1890, it existed in the Oklahoma Territory 17 years before the territory became a state. There are over 30,000 students enrolled. We got to meet a few new students that were a little lost on campus and helped them find their way. The Unipark/Campus is really nice with beautiful architecture, fountains, sculptures and gardens. While the gardens were not in bloom we still got to get a close look at the sculptures. The campus has distinctive architecture, with buildings designed in a unique Cherokee Gothic style. We learned that the style has many features of the Gothic era but has also mixed the designs of local Native American tribes from Oklahoma. This term was coined by the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright when he visited the campus. The unipark tour was really nice. It was warm day and we even spent time with our littlest hosts. You can see from our photo that this was as close as we got to them. Paul was rightly afraid that they might try to eat us :)
On campus we notice all the large trees. The university's first president ordered the planting of numerous trees before the construction of the first campus building because he "could not visualize a treeless university seat." The oak trees are nice but be careful not to lose your hat in the acorn littered ground. Hans' hat fell off and we were a little nervous that we would not be able to find it.
We visited the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is one of America's most recognized college football "cathedrals". We thought calling it a cathedral was funny until we saw the the Sooner fans and football team in action during their recent championship game. Sooner fans take American football very seriously. The football stadium is the largest sports arena in the state and ranks among the 15 largest on-campus facilities in the nation with a capacity of 82,112

Monday, January 17, 2011

We visited a local yarn store

We visited a local yarn store, L & B Yarn Company, Johannes and our host met on Ravelry and we thought it only fitting to visit a yarn store. They had a lot of nice yarn and we made some new sheep friends. Mr. Acrylic gave us a ride around the store, showing us some of his favorite yarns.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Christmas and Sylvester celebrations

We had a great Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve in Oklahoma City, were our host's family cooked a huge turkey and ham. Paul proudly pointed out that the craving knifes were German made :) and we were also excited to see homemade Apfelstrudel.
Earlier in the day we helped our host make cranberry relish. We've been cooking a lot for the holidays. We had a lot of fun on Christmas day.
We even had Christmas stocking hung buy the fireplace with the family's. We helped open presents and our littlest hosts got some fun toys that were just our size. Our New Years/Sylvester celebrations were quiet, but we had a traditional New Year's Day meal. Black-Eyed peas, with ham and cornbread. Apparently you must eat black-eyed peas to insure a prosperous new year. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity.