Driving my way into Day: 105 as the sun is cresting the eastern horizon and my three companions are passed out all over Skittles (the car). I’m somewhere around Oklahoma City, tweeked out on Red Bulls and (actual) Skittles with another hundred miles or so to Matt’s aunt and uncles house on Lake Eufaula. I drive on for sixty miles or so, wake everyone up and, pull into the Hungry Traveler for and Oklahoman breakfast covered in gravy.
We jump back in our ride and I power through the last half an hour of driving, we finish up on a dirt road that ended on a seven hole private golf course and a beautiful house situated on the country’s second largest man made lake. We meet Dean and Heather (Matt’s aunt and uncle), are shown our room where we cleaned up and all laid down for a morning nap, exhausted from the last 22 hours of driving.
Matt and I woke up first, around 12:30pm, and made our way out to Dean’s shop/office where he produces carbide tips for specialty cutting tools. We had the complete tour, then I sat down with an internet connection to get my blog updated while Matt got caught up with with his family. Eventually Aaron and Chad made their way out to the shop and the four us decided to shoot a round of golf (where I actually parred two holes).
After our golf, Heather called up a friend, Charlene, who sells fireworks, and even though yesterday was the last legal day to sell in Oklahoma, she said she’d open her stand specially for us and even give us a discount. We stocked up on a huge assortment of explosive devices; Mortars, Roman Candles, Black Cats, M-80s, Jumping Jacks, and even some things that looked like Saddam and Osama that supposedly shot gouts of flame in the air and eventually their heads blew up. We went crazy in this little shack of explosives and got completely stocked for the weekend.
Loaded down with a trunkful of things that could take off my fingers, went went back to the ranch and got ready to head out to dinner with Heather, Dean and another couple, Pam and George, who they had standing friday night plans with for Mexican food and ice cream. After dessert Dean and George headed home, while Pam and Heather took the four of us on a tour around the marina and the local summer hot spots. We could have stayed for a beer, but our hosts had plans for us to do, some night fishing and fireworks. Which were spectacular.