I’ve had a list of summer activities to do with our family and so far, we’re checking several of them off! A friend of mine told us about some parks located on Fort Sill and I couldn’t wait to show them to the family. I’ve been wanting to see the grave of Geronimo, so last Monday we were able to combine play-time with site-seeing. (And I got to check something off my list. I just love doing that.) It was lovely weather with temps in the 70’s that morning. Of course, on a military installation, most activities are for our service men and women, but some things are open to all.
We had a fun day spending time together and learning a bit of US history, too!
First stop was Geronimo’s grave. I’m not familiar with our native American history, so we did a quick Google search on our phones so we could tell the kids more about this man and the other Apache Indians buried in this cemetery.
Matt was interested in the little gifts left at the graves. It sort of looks like he’s counting it!
Next stop was a park. They liked this little fire truck. (How cute!)
Leslie made it to the top!
We liked this park because of the playground for the little ones, the grassy area for the older ones to play soccer, and the gorgeous trees everywhere for me. (I miss the big, leafy trees back home.)
We thought we’d go through the museums on post, but they are closed on Mondays. They had lots of big equipment outside on display though, so we took a self guided tour of all of it. We must have started going through it all backwards, because we didn’t see the sign that said “Please do not climb on guns” until we were done. Oops. Please forgive us.
This one is my favorite! I love how the kids are lined up and how the clouds look.
Not all of the tanks or guns had signs to say what they were. The gun above can shoot 900 miles away. For perspective, they could fire it from here and hit a target in Ohio. Or Arizona. Wow!
We ended the day with this statue to the artillery man. Being on post gave us a greater appreciation for our soldiers, especially during these turbulent times. We can often hear the effects of the work on Fort Sill (read: explosions), but this day, we got to see some of the faces behind the bombs. It was a bit startling to see a sign that read, “Caution, Howitzer Crossing”.
I’m so thankful for our military men and women. May God bless them and keep them.