GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 PART TWO – January 2, 2013 PM
Oklahoma has the nation’s longest driveable stretch of Route 66. 400+ miles.
First Stop was at Waylan’s in Miami (pronounced Mia-ma) where we had one of their Giant Cheeseburgers.
This Route 66 icon is the last remaining KuKu stand, out of a franchise once totaling close to 200. The chain died out in 1969, but Waylan’s survived. Was it because of the neon sign which lights up the night or maybe it’s just the very good food. Waylan’s Hamburgers the KuKu was also featured on the Food Channel.
Less than two hours later we found ourselves in Vinita and we would have been totally remiss if we had not stopped at Clanton’s Cafe for their Calf Fries — which were delicious. When Gus, from the Food Channel, was there he developed a new sauce for the Calf Fries, which I have to say was REALLY good. Clanton’s is also famous for the Chicken Fried Steak. Unfortunately we were busting at the seams at this point so did not have any. 40,000 chicken fried steaks were served in 2012! The restaurant opened in 1947 and has been in the family for four generations. This is definitely a “must stop”, and probably should be a “must stop” when you’re hungry because there are some great items on their menu.
This is the only picture we took there… probably because we were more consumed with the food than the photo ops.
While in the restaurant we met one of the owners .. Dennis .. and a member of the City Council. They have such pride in their community and are constantly working to promote Vinita.
Along the road in Oklahoma is where I learned that Mistletoe, that lovely little plant that promotes love is really a poisonous plant that attaches itself to trees and can kill the trees. Happy, loving thought!
Next stop Foyil to see the World’s Largest Totem Pole. Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park is interesting to say the least. He started it in 1937 after he retired to give himself something to do. Prior to that he spent over 20 years teaching boys woodworking in the Children Home orphanage in Sand Springs, OK. Totem Pole Park has grown substantially since he first started it.
The totem pole is constructed of concrete over a scrap metal and sandstone rock skeleton. Sixty feet tall, six stories, 30 feet in circumference, the pole rests on the back of a turtle.
Moving onto Catoosa to see the Blue Whale. Rumor has it that Hugh Davis built the Blue Whale as a surprise anniversary gift to his wife Zelta who collected whale figurines. That has been disputed, but regardless it was opened to the public and was a favorite swimming hole for locals and tourists. It was closed to the public in 1988 and after Davis and his wife died it was neglected. In 2011 the residents of Catoosa started raising funds to restore the landmark. It is not open swimming at this time, but it’s a fun place to stop.