On our very first Valentines Day as boyfriend and girlfriend, we rented an airplane and flew to Ponca City and ate at Enriques, the really good mexican restaurant at the airport. So, since this was our first Valentines Day as husband and wife, we decided we would do something similar. We have been wanting to fly up to Missouri to go to Lamberts, so this was the perfect opportunity. We also invited another couple to go with us - Bob, a guy Wyatt works with, and his wife.
So, Saturday morning we got up and got ready to go to the airport. Well, we looked outside and saw clouds. Since it was so cold, we couldn't fly in the clouds because we could pick up some icing and that is not good. We went ahead and went to the airport with the hopes it would clear up. Bob and his wife had already arrived, but decided to go get some coffee in Jenks. Wyatt and I went ahead and got the preflight done.
Bob wanted to surprise his wife, so he didn't tell her what the plan was. When they got back to the airport, we just sat around and visited and watched tv while we waited on the weather to clear up. After several checks on the weather and a couple hours later, we were FINALLY able to go. We had wanted to leave shortly after 10, but didn't get gone until about 12:30. Wyatt asked Bob's wife if she had ever been in a small plane before and she said no. So, she didn't know she was going flying until about 10 minutes before we got in the airplane and had no clue where we were going!
The flight up to Springfield, MO was a little bumpy but overall pretty good. We went in and borrowed the courtesy car and drove about 15 minutes to Lambert's in Ozark, MO. As we pulled into the parking lot, we saw a lot of people, more than we thought we'd see at 2 in the afternoon! We went in and got our names on the waiting list and presented the card from the airport to get us in a little faster. About 10 minutes later, we were seated (with a few dirty looks from the other people waiting). Lambert's is best know for their throwed rolls. A guy literally throws rolls to anyone with their hands up! We all ate entirely too much, but it was SO good!
We headed back to the airport and then flew back to Tulsa. We didn't get back until about 6:45, but it was a really awesome Valentines Day, one of the best I've ever had!
Springfield/Branson National Airport
We flew the same airplane Wyatt proposed in!!!
Notice all the people standing around waiting....
The roll thrower
Wyatt's ginormous chicken fried steak - served in the skillet!