RoadTripOK: Ep. 06 – Catoosa OK | Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department | OTRD


(whooshing) – [Male Host] Our state is
one of the most beautiful and unique states in the USA. (upbeat music) With diverse geographies,
the historic Route 66, unforgettable restaurants, and some of the greatest
people on the planet. We wanna show you why traveling within the great state of
Oklahoma is a great idea. So come join us for thousands
of miles over the next year. From Broken Bow to Black Mesa, this is the Oklahoma Road Trip. (chill music) From OKC, we head east toward Catoosa. Our first stop of the day is the beautiful hiking
trail at Redbud Valley. It’s an 80-acre nature preserve with a mile-and-a-half trail. It’s a loop, so real hard to get lost. Being outside and being in the woods in four different seasons, I get to see a lot of different wildlife. I guess the diversity of the habitats is one of the main things. It goes from short-grass
prairie and wildflowers, to the bluff, limestone cliff faces. We have several caves out
here that are on trails. Probably others that we’re unaware of. We are here at the Redbud
Valley trail entrance now. We’re gonna go capture
some beautiful stuff. I’m very excited, I’ve
never been here before. So these are the cliff bands that Vinnie was talking about. And it’s a pretty cool little trail. It actually goes right
underneath this little overhang. And there’s little caves. Look over that way, you can
see some of these little caves. And then there’s another cave behind you. Okay, fun fact about this place, you’re not allowed to move any rocks. If you do, you need to put
them right back where they were so that we don’t disrupt
the natural habitat. I feel like we’re in Washington state or the north Pacific. It’s thick in foliage, moss. One of the main things is
the geology that’s out here. The limestone and the shale layers. It’s constantly changing
because the shale’s softer. It’s gonna erode away. That makes caves; it makes cliffs. You can see some of the geology looking on the sidewall like
Vinnie was talking about. This little trail rejoins the main trail and just keep going. It’s a really, really beautiful area, and there’s a little rock roof right over our head, which is fun. From Redbud Valley, we
hop back onto Route 66. Because no visit to
Catoosa would be complete without our next stop. What started out many years ago as just a swimming hole, nothing was here. No blue whale, no tables,
nor anything like that. Well, it progressed pretty
quickly into a swimming hole, not just for our family, but for anybody coming down the road. Like little kids do, they
always want something bigger. So my dad just kept adding
things and kept adding things. And that’s the way it progressed through several years. Almost 50 years later, here it is. Here it is. It’s still here. We have people who born and raised here and heard about the place
for years and years, driven by it hundreds of
times, and never stop. It’s something you need to see. There’s not another one. It’s outlasted a lot of folks. It has become, let’s say, an icon. Not only just on 66,
but basically worldwide. All right, so we just got done
filming at The Blue Whale. This was my first time ever coming here. I’m one of those people that have passed by a thousand times. And I’m like, kicking
myself because you can tell the history when you’re
walking through it. It’s really cool. We’ll get back with you later, Oklahoma. Come back and see us and
bring folks with you. We love to tell our story. (upbeat music) From The Blue Whale, we
head north on Route 66 until we reach the banks
of the Verdigris River. There, we find our final stop
of the day: Molly’s Landing. Linda Powell is the original owner, and she started the business. Her dad owned a crane and rigging company across the river from us. And she found this spot and had found a three-bedroom log cabin. She brought it here and built
it, and added two rooms on. And I-beams to hold the ceiling. And put the garage up on
top for her living quarters. Now, we’re a unique place, you know, that’s kind of our niche. You know, we’re a getaway from Tulsa, but not very far away from Tulsa. The decor is, well, I mean, we call it rustic-romantic type of place. I mean we’re candlelight
with back lighting, that kind of thing. From all over. It’s always growing, always changing. A lot of it came with her when
she moved here from Phoenix. The menu is steak,
seafood, chicken and pork. Steak is what we’re known for. And a lot of seafood. We do rib eyes and tenderloins. There’s a fish and chips,
which is very good too. (chill music) [Male Host] I’ve gotta
bring up, on our way in we got distracted by a little food truck. Right. Out there in the entrance. We stopped, had a good time,
had some amazing tacos. And I guess that’s a little
extension of this place, right? Yes, that’s our food truck. People love it though. Yes, oh they love it, yes. Do you ever go up there and eat? Oh yes, everyday just about. That’s my lunch place. Is it really?
Oh yeah. [Man] Come try our street tacos. [Female Host] Hey, can you tell the camera what that lime ranch sauce is about? That’s our cilantro sauce. If I was ever gonna put anything in a jar and put it on the market,
it would be that sauce. [Female Host] That made the taco. Everybody gets an extra
side of cilantro sauce with their street tacos. So good. (upbeat music) [Male Host] On today’s road
trip we experienced a few of the stops that make
Catoosa, Oklahoma so unique. First, we met with
Vinnie at Redbud Valley, where he told us all about
the diverse natural habitats and the variety of animals that call the nature preserve their home. Next, we visited a Route 66 classic, The Blue Whale of Catoosa. There, we met Blaine, who
told us that his father originally built the whale
as a gift to his mother, who collected whale figurines. Nearly 50 years later, The Blue Whale has been visited by millions. Even though swimming is no longer allowed. Finally we rewarded our taste
buds at Molly’s Landing. The rustic-romantic steak
and seafood restaurant located just off Route 66 in Catoosa. While we were there, Jerry filled us in on the history of the restaurant, as well as their food truck out front. We definitely recommend their steaks, as well as the street
tacos with cilantro sauce. Next time on the Oklahoma Road Trip, we head south toward Fort Gibson. We’ll have some fun in the
sun at Fort Gibson Lake. Then, we’ll tour the lodge
at Sequoia State Park. And finally, we’ll finish off the day with dinner at Urban Station restaurant. We’ll see you next time.

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