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ON THE COVER: Cooling down in Oklahoma’s notorious summer heat is easy with our guide to the brest water parks, pools, and swimming holes across the state (page 42). Click here to download a black-and-white coloring page version of this illustration. Illustration by JJ Ritchey.
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Best Summer Ever!
Get ready to have the most epic summer of your life with our handy guides to the best places to cool off, essential Oklahoma summer reading, and tips for planting your most productive garden yet. Plus, two Oklahoma Today editors argue the merits of the Sooner State’s favorite two fast food giants: Sonic Drive-Ins and Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores.
For fifty years, the O’Rear family has gathered at Beavers Bend State Park to tell stories, enjoy beloved recipes, explore the outdoors, and keep the bond between family and place strong.
By Sara Cowan
Photography by Tom Luker
Down to the Water
Generations of Oklahomans have fond memories of Lake Murray State Park, and now, a luxurious new lodge will bring these much-loved 12,000 acres of public lands into the twenty-first century.
By Nathan Gunter
Beauty in the Bear Cage
When tragedy struck Oklahoma’s storm chasing community in May 2013, many expected these adrenaline-fueled scientists to scale back their pursuit of the perfect storm. Bur driven by a desire to improve public safety, they take to the road every spring to keep the public advised and the mission of meteorology alive.
Story and photography by David Joshua Jennings
Looking like the stuff of prehistoric nightmares, alligator gar have been persecuted for centuries. But conservationists and anglers are reexamining old prejudices against these river beasts and their importance to Oklahoma water systems.
By Chad Love
Nature nurtures travelers’ souls at Ra’s Eufaula Tree-sort; actor Tracy Letts, musician St. Vincent, and songwriter Susan Herndon light up the summer with new releases; McAlester’s historic downtown offers retail, culinary, and gaming therapy; and Western art’s premier event, Prix de West, sweeps through the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Rapper Danny O’Connor is helping to save The Outsiders house; the Women’s College World Series is softball’s ultimate showdown; Syria native Fuad Shimi has made a home in Oklahoma; four thousand migrants from the Marshall Islands have brought their rich culture to Enid; and Sarah Rebecca Warren’s poem recalls “Oklahoma History.”
Tacos ’n’ Taters Fajita Grill in Frederick brings carb-laden Tex-Mex to the masses in southwestern Oklahoma; poke bowls from The One Cafe in Edmond are as tasty as they are beautiful; and Ed’s Cafe in Shattuck perfects dishes like chicken-fried steak, pork chops, hot dogs, and many other homestyle favorites.