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A Pizza from The Compass - photo by Dennis Spielman

5 Places we visited in McAlester, Oklahoma

Back in April when we traveled to McAlester, we spent the afternoon exploring the downtown area. I shot this casual tour of five places we visited in the downtown area (and a bonus place in Krebs) on my iPhone 12 Pro. No interviews or commentary – just letting the clips speak for themselves.

We visited Harper & Grey House, The Compass Wood-Fired Kitchen, Spaceship Earth Coffee, Peach Me Boutique, Common Roots Mercantile, and Lovera’s Market.

Happy Adventures!

I put Cinnamon Rolls into a Brownie Mix

This is the story about the day I thought to put cinnamon rolls into a brownie mix. I shot this video a few months ago as a camera test, but I never bothered to edit and publish it because of self-concious reasons, however, I want to start making for fun videos for my personal channel.

I transformed a truck into a pirate ship for less than $100!

Hello, everyone! Today I’m sharing my video on how we transformed my wife’s truck into a pirate ship for less than $100 as a fun socially distant way to hand out candy for Halloween. 

Now, keep in mind our goal was to keep it simple and under $100. So, here’s what we bought. 

For $20 each, we got these vinyl plastic scene setters that are intended to be hung against a wall to create an old western environment, but we used them to wrap around the truck to make a pirate ship instead.

The star of the show was our candy cannon, which we bought a gray PVC pipe at Lowe’s for about $15. I was inspired by the candy tubes people were making in response to COVID and we thought a pirate’s cannon would be a fun way to slide candy to trick-or-treaters.

Of course, you can’t have a pirate ship without a pirate flag. I got this one at Amazon for $8 and this pack of 12 mini-flags to decorate the yard for $7.

We got a hundred-foot plastic table runner for $10 that we laid out in front of the truck to be our water. 

The rest of the stuff we used, we already had like some projector lights that we shined on the truck, the water, and the sidewalk. 

Everyone loved the idea of the candy cannon. We had some trouble shoving too much candy through it at once and getting pieces struck. Maybe next year we’ll get a wider pipe or have it up higher so the candy can slide down faster.

One problem we had was the wind fighting us we wrapped the wood around the truck. I ended up getting help to put that on. 

Due to the pandemic and recent ice storm, we only had about two to three dozen visitors, but we had fun and everyone loved the pirate ship and especially the cannon.

We got some ideas to improve upon the theme for next year. I hope the video inspires you. Until next time, happy adventures! 

Lobby Cafe and Shawnee

My wife and I visited the Lobby Cafe and Bar in Oklahoma City for the Influencers Lunch hosted by Edible Excellence. Then we traveled to Shawnee to explore their downtown scene and to check out the hot air balloon festival.

My wife and I visited the Lobby Cafe and Bar in Oklahoma City for the Influencers Lunch hosted by Edible Excellence. Then we traveled to Shawnee where we spent most of our day exploring their downtown scene and then paid a visit to the hot air balloon festival. This video is a quick recap of how we spent our Saturday. I plan to follow up with more detailed stories in the future.

We had a great time at the balloon festival and I would recommend it to people. This was our first visit there, so we mainly walked around to get a feel for the event. There was a ton to see and do there, including live music, games, food trucks, wildlife expo, and more. Next year I plan to go back to do a more an in-depth story for Uncovering Oklahoma. We spent most of our time Saturday exploring Downtown Shawnee, which is why the part about the balloon festival is more of a brief mention than a review. We were also wanting to avoid getting heat exhaustion at this point as it was over 100 that day.

Overall, there are places worth visiting in Shawnee.

Luminarium Albesila - photo by Dennis Spielman

Inside the Luminarium Albesila

I was invited to preview the Luminarium Albesila, an Inflatable Sculptures Art Exhibit, for Rex Fest in Oklahoma City. Created by Architects of Air, the large sculptures reflect light to create an immersive experience filled with color.

Luminarium Albesila - photo by Phi Nguyen

In this video, I wondered around experiencing the Luminarium Albesila for myself and then I had a guided tour where I learned about the fundraiser event for the John Rex PTA and the inflatable sculpture. The guided tour was recorded using my iPhone and published on Uncovering Oklahoma.

Inside the Luminarium Albesila - photo by Dennis Spielman
Inside the Luminarium Albesila - photo by Dennis Spielman

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