Oklahoma calls the great plains home, but you’ll come to see – we’re more great than plain.
Maybe you’ve heard a little about Oklahoma. You’ve probably heard of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In school you may have learned about the Dust Bowl or the bombing in 1995. Perhaps you’ve read The Grapes of Wrath or seen the musical “Oklahoma!” While those experiences shaped Oklahoma’s character, we’re more than that.
Our identity was forged in the events that launched our state into being – the Land Run. Then, just as it is now, Oklahoma became a place for opportunity, a place for forward thinkers, for those looking for something different.
“I think there’s a common misconception about Oklahoma,” says Daniel Somers, a key accounts manager with United Healthcare who has lived in the state for 26 years. “Most people tend to associate Oklahoma with cowboys and the old Western movies, with everything being flat and dusty. And I suppose there is some of that. But if you take some time to look around, you’ll find that the terrain changes a lot as you drive from one end of the state to the other.”
“There’s so much to do around the state,” Somers says. “You can rent an ATV and ride the dunes at Little Sahara State park, and down in the southwest corner of the state, the Wichita Mountains include some really rugged, granite rock formations. Chickasaw National Recreation Area is another cool destination, with fishing and camping. As a kid, we used to go fishing and canoeing in the Arkansas River. And right here in Oklahoma City, there’s a ton of water sports — including an Olympic training center for rowing and paddling.”