Tired of the Cold? Well Spring Has Sprung in OKC!

Hello YL’s!
Our first OKC trek together…
Article by Judi Voeller, photos by Leah Ohse 3/28/18

On Saturday, March 24th, Michelle (W5MQC), Leah (W3LEO), and I (N5KUO) spent the afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City, OK. We were exploring the area surrounding the Sheraton Hotel, site of the 2018 YLRL Convention, followed by a walk around Bricktown, Oklahoma City’s premiere district for fun, food, and entertainment!
All I can say is what a beautiful day in OKC!

Brilliant Blooms at the OKC Botanical Gardens!

Michelle and I first showed Leah around the Sheraton hotel, including the lobby, lounge, restaurant, and ballroom where we will have the convention meetings. The Sheraton is a beautiful hotel with a definite modern, yet rustic flair that’s very indicative of western style, yet very inviting and comfortable. The ballroom is grand with an upper level concourse and is going to be an excellent venue for our meetings and events.

Welcome to the Sheraton in downtown OKC!
Aria Lounge
Library Coffee & Company

We then walked within 2-3 blocks of the downtown hotel to map out some of the nearby restaurants, admire the creative outdoor city artwork, make note of the local attractions, and enjoy the natural beauty of the city park and Botanical Gardens. We discovered that spring is truly in full bloom as we were able to enjoy the beautiful weather and abundant display of flowers!

Galaxy, located in Leadership Square
The Bandshell and more blooming flowers at the OKC Botanical Gardens

As we explored, Leah captured our adventure as our local photographer. I think you’ll agree that her photos really display the warmth and beauty here in Oklahoma! Michelle served as our videographer, creating videos of our Native O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A! We’ll feature some of her videos in our future blogs, so you can see more of the greater Oklahoma City area!

OKC Botanical Gardens

Next, we headed to Bricktown, which is on the other side of the railroad tracks. It’s called Bricktown because most of the buildings are red brick and there are also red brick roads (which is obvious by the pictures)! Many of these buildings were built in the early 1900’s. Bricktown was founded shortly after the 1889 Land Run and it was the first warehouse and distribution district in the area (Oklahoma was not a state until 1907).

At this point in our trek we realized that Leah (who is Sooner born and Sooner bred and a true Okie) had a plethora of unique and interesting facts about our state! She shared her tidbits (more coming soon…) with us as we walked passed the Banjo Museum, strolled down on the Riverwalk, and made a stop in the candy shop where you can find all your old-time favorites. We dubbed her as our “unofficial Okie Tour Guide” as we continued exploring and having fun. We finished our tour with a stop at the famous Bricktown Brewery for a cold drink and some hearty southwest nachos before heading back to the hotel–which is just two blocks away!

Water Taxi on the Riverwalk
Fountain in front of the Bricktown 16 Harkins Theatres

Over the next few months, Leah and I will be sharing pictures, stories, and some of her random and interesting fun facts and tidbits in the YL blogs to help you get excited about your trip to Oklahoma. We’ll share why we believe Oklahoma City is a great place to have fun, meet other YL’s, and create lasting friendships! Personally, I hope we will all get to learn more about each other and will be able to support and encourage each other in the hobby of amateur radio!


In the meantime, please let us know if you have any questions or would like more information about what to see or do in Oklahoma! We’ll continue to highlight Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas in our state and we will also share with you the unique diversity that makes Oklahoma great! For those of you who may be traveling through our other amazing District 5 states, know that all of us in the District 5 area are here to help make your trip more enjoyable. If you have any questions, please ask! We are proud of where we live and are eager to share this part of the country with you! Whether you are coming from Texas, Kansas, the east or west, from the U.S., Canada, or another country, let’s make this convention an adventure to remember!

The Bricktown Brewery!

Cheers and 33!

Until next time, “flying in to OKC”!

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