Wrapping Up in OKC

Segway Tour 

Saara Maknojia 

To conclude our trip for Oklahoma, the LEAP members attended a Segway tour! Our instructor Mr. Skip, began with refreshment courses for Yvette since she had already ridden a Segway. For Morgan, Erin and me Mr. Skip taught us how to move the Segway using our bodies by leaning forward and stopping by leaning back and keeping the Segway upright. 

The beginning of the tour consisted of a visit around Bricktown. Mr. Skip informed us about the Sonic Headquarters, Cincinnati Park and Dodger stadium where we saw sculptures of many famous baseball players, such as Mickey Mantle! 

Other parts of Bricktown included the first restaurants to ever be opened in the area, such as Chenlinos and Abuelos. Mr. Skip gave us a brief history about how businesses were incentivized to open in the area to encourage foot traffic and tourism. We were also fortunate enough to see one of the murals painted to resemble a timeline of the history of Oklahoma.

Leaving Bricktown, we rode our Segway’s fast and fluently towards downtown Oklahoma City. We were welcomed by the view of tall glass skyscrapers and modern architecture. 

The LEAP Members followed Mr. Skip to a bridge crossing the main road. As we looked up, we were able to see a very large sculpture of a scissor-tailed bird. Other views of downtown consisted of the Marriot Garden, a skating ring, a large koi fishpond and a river walk! 

Mr. Skip took us to the large bronze “Sooners” sculptures to end off our amazing tour. We were very thankful to have such an intimate and adventurous tour of Oklahoma City. The breath-taking views of downtown Oklahoma allowed us to witness the modern and contemporized infrastructure of the city, whereas historic Bricktown allowed us to travel back into the beginning years of Oklahoma.

Cattlemen’s Steak House  

Erin Juarez 

After touring Oklahoma City while riding on Segways, we found that we had built up quite the appetite. So, we decided to stop at Cattlemen’s Steak House.  

We walked into the restaurant, and were greeted with an old-timey Western feel. To our surprise, the restaurant has been serving steak for one hundred years and continues to promote Western Folklore.  

We looked at the menu to see what sounded appealing to each one of us. The restaurant had many options: burgers, steak, lamb, and more. For starters we chose lamb fries and onion rings. Yvette got a steak, and the rest of us elected to eat steak burgers.  

After we tried the appetizers, Professor Yawn mentioned that the lamb fries were in fact lamb testicles. This made me a little uncomfortable knowing what I had consumed, but they were too tasty to not keep eating.  

The appetizers were good to say the least. When we saw our meal making its way to the table, we became very excited. Who would have thought riding a Segway would be a workout? The steak was delicious and so were the burgers. Everything was appealing, and this was as good as a restaurant could be to try lamb testicles.

Overall, the food was amazing, and the service was fast. The restaurant provided a nice meal to end our journey through Oklahoma!

Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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