We stayed at Estes RV Park in Tulsa, OK on October 23-28th. There are no site numbers, this is just someone who has converted their backyard into RV spots. They are full hook up back-in sites. This park does not allow pets and it only accepts cash or check. Cost is $35 a night, $180 a week or $500 a month. There are male & female bathhouses as well as laundry facilities. The bathhouses are older but clean though there is carpet on the floor even in the shower area. The hooks for the towels are across from the shower but you cannot reach them without coming completely out of the shower. Needless to say I won’t be using the shower while we are here. Chad did use it once, but didn’t like the locker room feel of the shower area. The laundry area is connected to the bathhouse but isn’t marked. There are 2 top loading washers and 2 regular size dryers, each load costs $1.50. One of the washers has a larger capacity than the other. The dryers run about 45 minutes. The RV Park is in the flight path of the airport so on occasion you hear a jet taking off. I only heard it once during the night and I was already awake. The RV Park appears to have mostly full-time residents. It was quiet other than a bit of noise on Sunday when the owner was using a saw since he seems to be building a shed.
Our first night in town we went to a Connections Dinner at the All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa. The dinner costs $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-11, 3 & under are FREE, family is $15 and is served buffet style. The dinner starts at 5:30 and goes to 7:15. We had Ham & Bean soup, corn bread, salad & lemon bars along with several different drink choices. They even had a vegan option. We then attended an intimate service featuring local live music, with a short message from Mariel Perez-Simons. From there Chad attended Mythic Journey for Men with Rev. Lavanhar. I attended Curious Conversations where the purpose was to foster strong and meaningful connections through one-on-one conversations.
We went out to lunch on October 24 based on Chad’s desire for Pho to Viet Huong. We used Yelp, but for the first time in a long time we were disappointed with our choice. First off we stood in line which was apparently just for take out so then we had to grab a table and wait even longer to order. When someone finally came to take our order, I tried to order Broccoli Beef. I was told that I could not order from the Chinese side of the menu because it was all screwed up in the back since Saturday. The waiter offered to cook my dish for me but said it would be an hour and a half wait. I had just heard another table order off the Chinese side prior to the waiter coming to our table and then another table order off the Chinese side after I ordered as well as seeing Chinese food that customers were eating at the table next to ours. I chose not to argue but was not happy to have to choose something off the Vietnamese menu. I found something, but it was flavorless. The portion size was good. I don’t recall what it was that I ordered and they don’t have a proper website with a menu. Chad had basically a spicy Pho soup, but he said it wasn’t at all spicy. He wasn’t impressed either.
On Saturday, October 26, we went to Woodward Park and walked around. A very pretty neighborhood park which we thought was actually the Gathering Place that people had been telling us to check out. Needless to say we have an item on our bucket list for next time we are in Tulsa.
We grabbed lunch at Elmer’s BBQ because we never get tired of BBQ. The service was slow and the meat wasn’t very tasty, but the BBQ sauce was amazing. After lunch we decided to go thrift shopping. Chad found 5 books and I found a skirt at The Salvation Army at 11523 E 31st St, Tulsa, OK 74146. Chad found a nice pair of shoes at Daisy Exchange. We also went to the following places – Quality Thrift Store, HOW Foundation, Thrifty’s Community Thrift Store, and 4DKS Thrift Store (DO NOT recommend). Chad found a great used book store, Gardner’s, where he found several books. By the time we finished shopping it was time for dinner so we went to Wing Stop since they don’t have that chain back in Idaho and we love wings! After that we went to Sweets & Cream for a homemade ice cream sandwich. For $3.25 you can choose any cookie or bar and then the kind of ice cream you want. Any tips placed in the tip jar are given to charity. For our first sandwich we had a brownie, a snickerdoodle bar & salted caramel waffle cone ice cream. We found out that they would not be open the next night so we got one to go. This time we picked a lemon cookie and a red velvet cookie with Washington Cherry ice cream. They put the ice cream in a to go cup. We highly recommend you check them out if you are ever in Tulsa on a weekend. It is a family run business and is only open on Friday and Saturdays from 3 to 9. The owners are very friendly and you can tell they get repeat customers since they know them by name, some of which are the local fire fighters.
Sunday we returned to All Souls Unitarian for the Traditional service at 10am where Mariela Perez-Simons gave a sermon “Harry Potter and the Sacred Spark”. We then enjoyed coffee, treats and checking out the bookstore while waiting for the Contemporary service at 11:30 where Bishop Carlton Pearson spoke on “Good and Evil, Enemies or Cooperative Friends?”
That evening we had Chicken Tortilla Soup that Chad had put in the crockpot that morning. Here is the recipe, simple & delicious.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup (serves 6 to 8)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 frozen chicken breast (or 2 lbs pork shoulder, quartered & browned)
- 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
- 2 cans (4 oz each) chopped, mild green chile peppers
- 1 can (15 oz) mild red enchilada sauce
- 2 gloves garlic, minced (we use the it from a jar not fresh)
- 1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth (we use water & chicken bouillon)
- 1 tsp each cumin, chili powder & salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen corn
- 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
- Optional – can of beans (chili beans in sauce, pinto or black beans instead of corn)
- Lime wedges, sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado slices, & tortilla chips for toppings.
Place the chopped onion in the bottom of the slow cooker. Layer the frozen chicken breasts on top. Add the diced tomatoes and their juice, green chiles, enchilada sauce, garlic, chicken broth, spices & bay leaf. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Remove bay leaf. Remove the chicken to a plate & shred with two forks. Return chicken to the slow cooker. Stir in corn or beans. Continue to heat until corn is hot. Add a handful of chopped cilantro. Serve with toppings of your choice.