About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge ~Rochert, MN

    January 9th, 2018


    I am convinced that everything is pretty in Minnesota.

    Especially in the fall.


    The Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge is another favorite stop when up there.



    I am not sure of the name of the hike but it is a pretty one, out to a spillway.

    It is between Blackbird Lake and South Chippewa Lake.

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    Nick’s dad is a bit of a survivalist and knows what things you can eat in the woods.

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    There were so many swans!

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    This last trail was pretty funny.

    We went on the trail it looped back to the road.

    We basically doubled back to our vehicle to get to the platform.



    We headed to Itasca State Park from here!

    New Trail at Keystone Ancient Forest ~Sand Springs, OK

    January 3rd, 2018

    We went to Keystone Ancient Forest to try out their new trail called “The Less Travelled Trail.”

    You take the main trails to get to it.

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    It says 4.1 miles one way on the map but looks like a loop.

    It just finishes in a different spot.


    We did not go very far on it though so I can’t confirm that.

    It was a nice trail though and we liked it okay.

    My boys liked rocky hard trails.

    The harder the better.

    Little bit prefers flat easy trails.

    She kept saying no more “mountains” when we hiked at Palo Duro in November.


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    As you can see, we turned around at the half mile marker.

    There were just enough loose rocks and gravel that it was bothering my back (I hurt it a little while ago) so we turned around before I got hurt.

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    We took the fire road back when we got to the main trail and it ended up being a pretty short hike back to the parking lot from there.

    So if you are just wanting to check out the new trail that might be the shortest route to get there for you.


    I am so thankful for this beautiful place that they are developing near us though!

    They are doing a great job with the trails!

    I am looking forward to trying this one again, maybe starting at a different spot.

    Wilson Trail is still my favorite one so far because of the big rocks and pretty views but I have only seen a portion of the new so who knows!

    Have you checked out Keystone Ancient Forest?

    They are only open on curtain Saturdays but they let you know which ones on their facebook page.

    Check them out!

    Here is a video of our hike here and one at Keystone State Park.

    If you hang out to the end of the video you can see what it is like to be in a vehicle with 5 kids…


    December 28th, 2017

    We were so happy to get surprised with snow right before Christmas!!!

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    It was really wet snow so the kids were able to sled and throw snowballs(the painful kind, like rocks).

    I noticed that I got snow stilts after a little bit.

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    Little bit was sure she wanted to ride with her big brother on this part even though he thought they would run into one of those cedar trees.

    She got snow all over her face and hair…
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    Mostly she just wanted to eat snow the whole time.

    My kids ate plenty of dirt that day I am sure.


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    I love this girls happy smile.

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    The girls are not good at telling when they are getting a little bit cold so they wait too long to go inside or stop picking up snow.

    This usually results in tears when we do go inside.
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    Glad we got to play in the snow in Oklahoma!

    Do you get snow where you live?

    Enjoy it or hate it?