Each year, around Thanksgiving, I, my wife Kim, and (now) the 3 boys, head due west for the enchanting land of Western Oklahoma. Â That sounds a bit like the beginning line of a National Lampoon movie, but such has been the routine (at least for me) for the last 7 years (Kim has been going back since her initial ‘vacation’ East in 1996). Â Kim’s entire family is from either the panhandle of Oklahoma, or Southwestern Kansas. Â It really is a magical place… and, apparently, they all decided to stay…for some reason.
I don’t really mind the trip. Â It usually falls at a time where even the nothingness that is Oklahoma seems like a vacation, and I usually welcome it. Â This year was the first trip with the boys, and we decided (our bank account decided) to drive instead of flying, as we normally do. Â We decided to take about 3 1/2 days to get out there, not knowing how the boys would do with the monotony of the driving, and not really wanting to do the entire 21 hours straight ourselves. Â The boys did great. Â Between their ‘discs’ and the truckload of Hot Wheels that they brought with them, they occupied themselves for the vast majority of the trip, with little to no brawling. Â PTL.
Being a photographer, and the fact that Kim’s entire family knows I’m a photographer, I usually have a small bit of equipment with me on the trip. Â This time, because of some additional projects that got planned for me, I had a bit more. Â Not really an issue…I really do like the projects. Â I’ll post some of the images from those later. Â But, what really interested me this trip was….actually, I should go back a step. Â One of the sides of Kim’s family lives outside a town called Keys, Oklahoma, which barely even shows up on Google Maps. Â Her grandparents have lived there for over 60 years. Â They live in a structure called a quonset. Â Never heard of one? Â Me either. Â Picture a huge, round, grain storage container, roughly 60 feet in diameter. Â Cut it in half, and tip the sucker over on it’s side so it forms a dome top. Â Well they got one of those, and built a house under it. Â While inside, you’d never imagine what the outside looked like. Â It looks and feels just like any single-family home anywhere. Â Of all of the images I took while we were there, none of them were of this fascinating place. Â Nice one.
Anyway, here are some images from AROUND the home, but not of the actual home itself. Â Maybe next year…
The place is really one that time has passed by. Â There are remnants from their farming past, old vehicles that were ‘some-day’ projects, toys from decades ago (they made them differently then), and an aged earth that is reminiscent of a post-apocalypticÂ future. Â I only scratched the surface this time, but I hope to really document the place next time we visit. Â Here is a taste. Â Have a great weekend!