15 July 2015

2015 Road Trip | Day 20: New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma

My parents and I are hitting the road this summer for a three-week road trip out west. Our main purpose is to deliver furniture and other belongings to my oldest brother, Kevin, who recently moved to Washington for a job. We'll be doing some extra sight-seeing along the way, as well as making stops at other family members' houses. This is the day-by-day record of our 21-day road trip.

Seeing as we're losing time as we head into the more eastern time zones, it goes without saying that we are back to struggling to leave on time. We didn't necessarily have a set departure time today, so we weren't technically late. However, we only had ten minutes to spare before the breakfast closed (my dad was actually the only one who made it, but he brought back some food), and we ended up leaving right at check-out time. 

The drive was mundane, as usual it seems. We drove through more desert in New Mexico and through farmland in Texas and through grassy plains in Oklahoma. We made it as far as Oklahoma City today, leaving a long final drive for tomorrow. 

My brother Kevin lived in Oklahoma City for a few months when he was going through air traffic control training, so he recommended Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar for our dinner stop. Whiskey Cake had impressive rustic d├ęcor, and it even had a few lounge areas with sofas, which I don't think I've ever seen in a restaurant. The bar area had an exposed brick wall with bottles stacked on floor-to-ceiling shelves. It was even equipped with one of those rolling ladders stereotypically seen in libraries. The restaurant itself is "farm to fork" and "garden to glass," meaning they use food from local farms with no preservatives and all their juices are freshly squeezed from locally grown fruit each day. All garnishes, like basil and mint, are grown in a garden right outside the building, too. It was all extremely impressive, and it greatly surpassed the standard required for a recommendation from me.

As I mentioned earlier, tomorrow will be our last day on the road, as we drive the final 733 miles home to Indiana.

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