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!



  • Archive: ‘Camping’



    Sandy Cove Recreation Area ~Canton, OK

    Thursday, September 28th, 2017

    We went camping again last weekend!

    Sometimes it seems like way too much work but usually when we get there and start seeing new things it all feels worth it.

    Eventually…

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    We stayed at the Sandy Cove Recreation Area because it was close to an event we wanted to go to.

    Electric hookup only and no dump station.

    They do have places for you to get water though.

    It was pretty much the only one I could find online and I was not sure what to expect.

    I did not expect beautiful camping sites and the best swimming beach I have found so far in Oklahoma.

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    The only problem with this campground is there are a LOT of sand burs.

    I never really knew about sand burs until I moved to Oklahoma.

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    They got on everything and everyone.

    I kind of got used to stepping down and wincing.

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    One of our twins rolled in a bunch of them right when we got to the campsite.

    Fun.

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    It seems like they show up in late summer and fall so if you wanted to avoid them spring should be fine.

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    This was our first time bringing skooters and longboards camping with us.

    I have been hesitant because we already have to bring a lot for 7 people so I did not want to add more stuff…

    But they kept the kids pretty occupied while at the campsite.

    Pretty sure they are worth it for the few moments of peace.

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    I was still not completely sold on our campground but then I saw the beach…

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    I have been looking for a swimming beach like this for a long time.

    It was amazing.

    Beautiful soft sand, clear water.

    Magic.

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    There was also a pretty scenic drive right next to the campground that I did not know about!

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    We made time for swimming the next day!

    I did not bring a swimsuit and decided to swim in my clothes because it was just too pretty to miss out on.

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    Little bit loved the water but her okie blood got the best of her and she got cold.

    Because it was not 100 degrees out…

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    Thankfully there were not many sand burs on the beach.

    Lots of soft sand though.

    Doesn’t this sand look amazing?!

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    We had been in the sun a lot that day.

    I thought I would be fine since it was the end of September but I ended up getting fried…

    That’s okay, I look cute as a tomato.

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    I could not stop smiling at this water.

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    My second oldest found a log and pretty much lived out every boys fantasy.

    Sailing on a log on a lake.

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    We finally had to leave so we could eat dinner.

    I don’t even attempt to have 5 kids eat in a camper.

    I feel like that is asking for trouble so I am glad that all of our stops so far have had picnic tables.

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    2 nights did not seem like enough time!

    One more look at that beautiful beach!

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    If you have a family that likes to swim, you need to put this place on your list.

    It is worth the drive!

    LABOR DAY VACATION 2017 ~ DAY 4(LAST DAY!)~ WITCHITA MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE REFUGE

    Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

    This was our last full day at the refuge.

    We left for home the next day.

    And we made it home!

    We chugged all the way but made it 😉

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    Another beautiful morning hike.

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    This shows how much energy Little Bit has.

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    We went swimming in Lake Lawtonka.

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    Such a pretty location.

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    I tried to keep the kids out of the camper as much as possible.

    ha

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    Our scratch off map!

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    Roasting apples over the fire because someone(could have been anyone) did not make sure the marshmallows were good…

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    Last hike!

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    Anyone else have kids that have to go to the bathroom the instant you start hiking?

    Yeah, me neither…

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    Our last hike ended up being a little bit stressful since some of my kids were done hiking and I had put a lot of expectations on it.

    At least I have pretty pictures to look at.

    That always makes me feel better.

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    Sunset always made the rocks look amazing.

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    Overall I would say this was a good first run in our camper.

    Vehicle problems and all.

    It helped that this might be my favorite spot in Oklahoma.

    Labor Day Vacation 2017 ~ Day 3~ Witchita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

    Monday, September 11th, 2017

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    These cattle roam free on the refuge.

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    Elk!

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    Elk Mountain hike!

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    It’s a lot of up…

    ha

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    Beautiful place.

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    I like to hike in the morning and evening.

    Beautiful light and cooler temps.

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    As a photographer I think it is totally acceptable to ask that we only hike in the golden hour…

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    Nick took the big kids to finish the hike to the top.

    Little bit and I hung out in this amazing spot with awesome views.

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    She thought pretending to eat me was giving me kisses.

    Ha

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    The tiny specks on the top of the ridge are my kids.

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    Rabbit!

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    Nick took this from the top!

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    Headed down.

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    After this hike we ate lunch at the camper and went into town to go the Museum of the Great Plains.

    Since this is already a long post, I will do a seperate post from the museum.

    After visiting the museum we had vehicle trouble!

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    We hung out in a car parts store parking lot for a while and had no clue if we would be able to drive home the next day.

    Let alone make it back to the campground.

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    We stopped at a nearby park to let kids run off energy and so Nick could research(our campsite did not have any cell service).

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    After none of our efforts to find a shop to repair it or a reasonable rental that fits a family of 7 we headed back towards our campsite.

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    It was an interesting twist to our vacation but gave me a glimpse into what full time travel might be like.

    If you break down, you don’t know anyone around to help fix it.

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    I was thankful for Nick offering to stop at a spot on the way back to the campsite.

    Our vehicle was running rough but we made it back(it was a holiday weekend so our options were limited).

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    This place just shows off at sunset.

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    I had no clue what the next day would hold but loved ending a somewhat stressful day on such a beautiful note.