S: Field Trips 2011
BC: Road | Trippin’
FC: OKC Zoo | field | Marland | Mansion | Ft. Gibson | Sam | Museum | Noble | trips
1: Our | Field | Trips | OKC Zoo – Oklahoma City Sam Noble Museum – Norman Marland Mansion – Ponca City Ft. Gibson Lake – Wagoner
3: There is always so much to do at the OKC Zoo. Our zoo has lots of natural habitat exhibits that makes it one of the best zoos in the nation. There is a Butterfly Garden, Cat Forest, Children’s Zoo, Herpetarium, Aquatic Center and much more. Our new elephant habitat opened in March of 2011. It was so popular there was a 45 minute wait the day we were there, so we will have to see it on our next visit to the Zoo. There is almost more than you can see in one day!
8: The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History is one of our favorite places to visit. With five permanent galleries and thousands of artifacts we always learn something new. Although one of the galleries explores the idea of evolution – a notion we do not subscribe to – there is plenty of other history to explore. One of our favorite galleries is the Hall of Natural Wonders where one can see dioramas of taxidermy displayed in natural habitats. The museum also hosts many special exhibits. This time we caught the traveling exhibit on chocolate! Technically, you aren't allowed to photograph the special exhibits, but we managed to sneak a few pics.
20: The 43,561 square foot Marland Mansion was the dream of oil baron E.W. Marland and was often referred to as the “Palace on the Prairie”. E.W. built the villa-style mansion for his wife Virginia, but unfortunately, she died before it was finished. E.W. lived there with his adopted children, George and Lydie. Eventually E.W. had the adoption to Lydie set aside and married her in 1928. The Marland Mansion contains many “modern” conveniences like a refrigerator, elevator, automatic dishwasher and T-shaped pool (Olympic size in both directions) that were way ahead of their time. The architecture and decoration, created by many overseas artists, are breathtaking. E.W. lost control of his oil company and had to sell the house in 1941. He and Lydie remodeled the chauffeur’s cottage and lived there until his death. E.W. had to look up the hill from the cottage every day, seeing the beautiful dream home he would never live in again.
21: Many original furnishing still exist in the mansion today.
22: Beautiful Architecture Throughout the Mansion
23: Stunning Hand Painted Ceilings
24: The Entry Hall
25: Modern Conveniences | Dumb Waiter | Elevator | Automatic Dishwasher & Refrigerator
26: 55 Rooms | 10 Bedrooms | 12 Bathrooms | 7 Fireplaces | 3 Kitchens
32: Our original destination was the zoo. But since this was the first weekend in a long time that the temperature was below 100 degrees, we couldn't get within a mile of the place. We decided instead to take a road trip to Ft. Gibson and have a picnic.
33: "It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away."