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RandyLeGrant

 
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  • 68 years old
  • From Oklahoma, United States
  • Currently in Connecticut, United States

THE WAVING WHEAT CAN SURE SMELL SWEET

All of my journals and entries have been International, as I travel to visit our projects and our many partners around the world. This one is domestic, and limited to one state...Oklahoma. I hope to capture this amazing state, right in the middle of the U.S. The rest of you are in Spain, Italy, France, Jordan and China. So I guess reading about Oklahoma won't be as exciting. So, I'll just have to make it that way.

The Wind Comes Right Behind The Rain?

United States Connecticut, United States  |  Jul 02, 2011
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  • Lesson learned:  disable those iPhone apps from TripIt and FlightStatus if you want a good night's sleep.  Ugh.  My eyes burn.

 How do you leave 77 degrees and head to 105 degrees? And what do you pack? 

Why would I drag my family out to a place where it is an unbelievable 105 degrees each day, for summer vacation?  That is what this journal is all about.  Diamonds in the rough.  OOOOOOklahoma "where the wind comes sweeping down the plain."  Raised there also.  And so while I naturally want to see my family, I also want my wife and two younger kids to see where I grew up.In the past, we concentrated our trips to Oklahoma to the corridor between Tulsa and Enid.  Remember Enid?  Where Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhall) lived, as she and Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) developed their relationship in Crazy Heart?  Same place.Now what I want to do is travel south of Enid to Oklahoma City.  Then move east almost as far as Arakansas and then northwest, backtracking to Tulsa.  I hope you'll join me on this journey.My other journals on the GeoVisions Community Pages involve London, Paris, Amman, Beirut, Damascas, Brussels and other exciting international destinations.  I'll try to write a compelling journal here about the OK State.  I don't think we're sending vollies to Oklahoma anytime soon.  But you never know.  We added a volunteer project in Baton Rouge.  And one in West Virginia.  And we have more in the works.  I might stumble upon a great idea where "the waving wheat, can sure smell sweet and the wind comes right behind the rain!"This trip started by leaving our very sad Australian Shepherd, Archie, behind, under the excellent care of a neighbor and ultimately my oldest daughter, Alexandra.  Who, by coincidence, also handles most of our social media at GeoVisions.  We took off to Bradley International in Hartford, CT.  I have found, when you have a 6:00 a.m. flight, on a Saturday morning, over a holiday weekend...it makes sense to get a room the night before.  And here I am on a United Air Bus 320 headed to Chicago.Of course I'm exhausted.  Went to bed at 10:30 and stayed up too late watching the Red Sox vs. Houston game (which Boston naturally won).  Then at 2:00 a.m. TripIt Pro decided to text me to say my 6:00 a.m. flight was right on time.  As if they knew at 2:00 a.m.  Then I finally got back to sleep and my phone went off again at 4:00 a.m., this time from my FlightStatus Pro app, letting me know that not only was our flight on time to depart Bradley, but we'd land in Chicago 13 minutes early.  And then the alarm clock that I set for 4:30 reminded me we need to be up and out to check 3 bags, grab a little somthing to nosh on, and find our seats on a crowded plane.Greetings from 35,000 feet, winging our way to Chicago where we will connect to a small regional jet to finally reach Tulsa by noon.

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    July 02, 2011
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