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Day 3 June 14, 2006

GETTING OUR KICKS and EXPLORING THE STICKS 

Today we will celebrate Flag Day by displaying our nation’s colors with pride as we drive around beautiful Northeastern Oklahoma, known around the state of Oklahoma as Green Country. Once again we’ll start off the day with a breakfast buffet, some more door prizes and a few last minute instructions from the planners. Then the attendees will divide up into small groups to head east and begin their journey up Historic Route 66

There are plenty of places to get your kicks along the way as you navigate the Mother Road. Suggested places of interest include the Cherokee Resort and Casino (www.cherokeecasino.com), the Will Rogers Memorial (www.willrogers.org), the J.M. Davis Gun Museum (www.thegunmuseum.com), and antique/collectible shops (www.claremore.org/main_street.htm) galore. Sometime during your journey you will want to grab a little lunch. LUNCH TODAY WILL BE ON YOUR OWN, but we’ll provide you with a few suggestions to make decisions a little easier. 

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After you have done your business on Route 66, you’ll head east to explore the sticks. Everyone will be surprised at what you will find in rural Oklahoma. On the northern shore of the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees you’ll find the Darryl Starbird Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum (www.darrylstarbird.com). The 40,000-sq. ft. facility houses over 40 custom built exotic vehicles by world-renowned custom car builder and designer Darryl Starbird as well as many other famous hot rod and custom car builders. Every square inch of the wall and space is full of photos and memorabilia of famous custom built vehicles including street rods, nostalgic custom cars, vans, pickups, sports cars and experimental bubble topped concept vehicles of the future. Many of the vehicles are priceless in value and have a historic significance while representing thousands of hours of labor and ingenuity of design and workmanship. One car of particular interest will be the Thunderbird based “Predicta”. Also, you’ll want to check out the “Donna Bird”, Darryl’s own mimic of our Retro Bird using a Jaguar convertible.

If you are more interested in baseball memorabilia or antiques you may want to venture on into Grove, Oklahoma (www.groveok.org/visitor.asp) to visit the Memorial to Mickey Mantle collection or Har-Ber Village Museum (www.har-bervillage.com). The Memorial to Mickey Mantle is a unique museum-style memorial featuring thousands of Mickey Mantle items in an exhibit dedicated to the memory of the "Commerce Comet." Included in the collection are photos, personal and autographed items, statues, figurines, gold/platinum/silver and bronze medallions and coins, gold series collector plates, jerseys, specialty bats and balls, shoes, magazines, books and more. 

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Har-Ber Village is one of the largest antique museums in the United States. Built as a gift to the public by Harvey and Bernice Jones (Jones Trucking Company), the museum is a reconstructed turn-of-the-century village with over 100 buildings, collections and exhibits. The village sits on beautifully landscaped property on the shores of the Grand Lake O' the Cherokees where you can enjoy the endless collections and beauty of the area's natural environment, including the new Ecology Center, Nature Trail, and Sweet Annie Herb Garden, all overlooking Grand Lake.

All of the venues mentioned are either free or have a nominal fee (we have negotiated group rates where possible – just tell them you’re with Heartland Thunder) that you pay as you go.

As evening rolls around, all of our birds will gather at the sail boat bridge north of Grove for an evening dinner cruise aboard the Cherokee Queen Riverboat. We have chartered the Cherokee Queen for the evening, so the only people you’ll be sharing the view with will be  friends and family. We’ll enjoy a 2-hour cruise around the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees while dining on a fantastic “Taste of Oklahoma” buffet and enjoying some special entertainment. Don’t miss this fabulous evening! We are pleased to be able to offer the Cherokee Queen Dinner Cruise and entertainment for an outstanding price of only $40 per person. 

After our cruise we’ll head back to Tulsa on the Will Rogers Turnpike and those of us with gas left in our tanks (ours not the car’s) can gather for a nightcap in the hotel lounge. Today's outing will probably have a roundtrip mileage of 210 miles or so, if you are taking donations for our charity based on mileage.

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