Or, "the big surprise". And an unwelcome one at that!
We were excited to know that we were driving so close to Ft. Supply. We changed our route so that we could go to this historic fort. Coming from NE Oklahoma, where we have the magnificent Fort Gibson, we thought for sure this would be a notable part of our great Tour of Oklahoma.
Well, it was notable all right.
As we pulled into the "historic site", we soon realized that it was right in the middle of a minimum security correctional facility. When I say minimum, I mean minimum! Inmates were walking around and we saw no guards whatsoever. The girls were extremely scared and even hid down so they couldn't be seen. We decided that it might not be the best thing to get out of the car and tour the site, so I tried to make light of the situation so they wouldn't be so scared. I made a big show of locking the doors and made jokes about the inmates guarding themselves. As we pulled back onto the highway, I floored the accelerator and acted like I was scared, too, trying to get them to laugh it off. We ended up laughing about it for the rest of the trip.
It really was quite disconcerting to find that our tourist destination was inside a prison!