Hello, friends! I apologize for my nearly-two week hiatus. It was due to some unforeseen work and dental issues, but I am back with a recap of my amazing trip to Oklahoma and Dallas.
Though we were away for only six days, as per usual, my goal was to squeeze as much as humanly possible into them while still being able to take in and enjoy all that I was doing.
One of my best friends from college, Amber, and her hubby Billy moved to Enid, Oklahoma on Air Force orders last January, and basically my plan is to visit them wherever they go, regardless of whether or not it is in the middle of nowhere. Enid…is definitely in the middle of nowhere.
That said, it was one of the most incredible places I’ve ever visited. There may only be a handful of restaurants and shops, lots of flat land and cows, and nothing to do on a Sunday, but I’ll tell ya – I saw some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen, met some of the most interesting and kind people, and truly got to relax. Essentially, we lived the way people in Enid live: we ate at several of their ten or so restaurants, met all of my friends’ friends, made burgers on the patio on Sunday (the only thing to do when everything is closed, but so much fun), visited my friends’ church, rode ATVs on a farm, and met the community of amazing people that they’ve found while living in this town that is so different from the one they came from.
That community is truly what made the place for me. Coming from NYC, Enid is a different world. The pace is slower, the streets are ghostly compared to the city that never sleeps, and yet people are so kind and very happy. We met a couple who welcomes all the Air Force kids into their home and church community when they’re far from their own families, and their farm serves as the meeting spot on weekends and lazy afternoons. To me, it really felt like there was never a shortage of things to do because there were always people to do things with.
We also discovered that, while somewhat deserted, Enid has some pretty cool gems. Several boutiques which sell really nice pieces, quirky furniture stores, a huge, trendy coffee shop that can definitely take the tiny ones of NYC, and a local dive bar that, besides an $8 open bar and all the characters you could hope for, also has games, a DJ, and multiple floors of fun and Americana.
Due to Enid’s somewhat complicated place on the map, we flew into Dallas and drove the 4 hours to Enid, with stops in Oklahoma City in both directions, and two days in Dallas.
Oklahoma City is a whole different animal. If you saw my Instagram, you know that I was impressed with the coffee and food culture there, and highly recommend checking out Bricktown if you find yourself in the city. OKC has definitely embraced the need for interesting spots to keep the young population of Oklahoma entertained, and they did it well. Bricktown is a neighborhood that runs along a canal, with restaurants, a brewery, and shops lining the sides. We had a great meal there at the Bricktown Brewery, with service so nice I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I’m sure this area is hopping on the weekends and evenings.
Next up was Dallas, which welcomed us with open arms and a traffic jam to rival that of any huge city. I can’t say I wasn’t warned, but man was it terrible. Luckily, we still got to explore the Uptown neighborhood that evening and have dinner in one of the many restaurants, with a visit to a great cocktail bar called Parliament, before calling it a night. The next day, we visited a bunch of neighborhoods and the huge farmers market, which was unfortunately completely closed down due to renovations. Major bummer. We ended our mini tour in Highland Park, a fancy part of Dallas that is made up of mansions and all the high end clothing stores you can think of, with some awesome restaurants scattered about. We had a delicious lunch at Mi Cocina before heading back to the airport.
It was a wonderful six days, and I’m excited to see where Amber and Billy go next so we could come crash in their spare bedroom again.
In case you’re curious about our super fun/somewhat terrifying ATV ride, here’s a video. Check out that dust!