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’



    Lake Murray State Park ~Ardmore, OK

    Monday, February 5th, 2018

    We got to Lake Murray on a Tuesday and it was almost empty at Buzzard Roost Campground where we stayed.

    There are several campgrounds all around the lake but this one was recommended online and had a view of Tucker Tower.


    We got a spot on the end with plenty of room for the kids to play.


    Isn’t this an amazing backyard?!

    Tucker Tower!

    The Nature Center by Tucker Tower was closed on the day we got there but they had a small one at the visitor center that the kids checked out.

    We took a hike that started at Pecan Grove.

    I meant to go on the nature trail that started there but went on a different trail by mistake.


    But the trail was pretty and had some fun bridges.

    Goofs.

    Here is a look at the campsites.

    They have water and electric and have nice pads and tables but not much privacy.

    It was really nice while we were there but I am not sure I would have liked it if it was full.

    Just keep that in mind if you go there.

    I could not resist Tucker Tower at sunset.

    The twins are usually a handful so I would not have usually taken sunset pics while they were with me but I could not miss this sight.

    And maybe it was the sunset or the water(or the long hike we had just done) but they were pretty calm.

    This boys birthday was the next day!

    10yrs old!

    Love this kid.

    We were heading home that day but wanted to stop at the Nature Center and Tucker Tower first!

    I am so glad we did because they were both beautiful and interesting!

    Tucker Tower is a short walk from the Nature Center.

    I told him he had to wait for us.

    Mostly because I did not want to be left downstairs with five kids…

     

    It feels like a castle!

     

    There are two lookout spots on the tower.

    One about midway and the other at the very top.

    Beautiful views.

    Little Bit tried to give it a kiss she liked it so much…

    I really enjoyed our stay at this park!

    It ended up being a perfect halfway point between our house and Dinosaur Valley State Park!

    If you go, make sure you check out Tucker Tower and the Nature Center!

    Here is the video I made of our trip.

     

    Dinosaur Valley State Park ~Glen Rose, TX

    Friday, February 2nd, 2018

    This was actually our second trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.

    For some reason, my boys did not remember our last visit…

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    My oldest on our last trip in 2009.

    No clue why they don’t remember.

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    Dino Tracks!

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    We went to another park nearby called Cleburne State Park and went on the spillway trail.

    The trail wound through Juniper bushes and felt like a maze.

    It was beautiful.

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    I love how peaceful and calm this looks.

    Not like I had just tried to wash a toddler’s pants in the bathroom and tried to dry them with the hand dryer(unsuccessfully).

    Really should bring a change of clothes…

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    There is a view of the spillway and lake from the top.

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    Back at Dinosaur Valley.

    You have to walk across these rocks to get to the main set of dinosaur tracks.

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    Notice anything in the background?

    He was waving his arms up and down while running at them.

    I was cracking up.

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    We went on the overlook trail next.

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    I thought it was not too bad but then Nick pointed out this was not the overlook and it kept going up.

    Oops

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    The river is so pretty.

    Clear and blue.

    They have a beautiful swimming hole at this park also.


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    At the overlook with the half pints.

    I try to get in pics when I can.

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    Inside our RV.

    The layout has worked really well for us.

    The twins sleep right next to where Nick and I sleep and the other three sleep on the bunks.

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    I have found that I need everyone outside when I cook in here though.

    It can get chaotic really fast otherwise.

    One twin sleeps on the couch and the other sleeps on the dinette after it is folded down.

    We usually just leave it down and the kids eat outside.

    They are messy eaters anyway so this works well for cleanup.

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    Our bedroom is pretty much just the bed but that works for us.

    This looks totally different right now because Nick needed to replace the floor and some of the walls due to rot.

    So we are getting a new bed and floor.

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    We went across the river near the campground for our last hike.

    There is a whole trail system that we had not been on before over there.

    The water was a little high and the twins were not sure about crossing on the rocks.

    I thought Nick would have to carry them across a couple times.

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    We took the Cedar Break Outer Loop to the Buckeye Trail.

    Which gave us a nice mangable length loop.

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    Beautiful last hike.

    As a bonus, the twins made it back across the river!

    Although one of them sat on the shore and insisted she was not crossing…

    I had to keep reminding her that she had already made it once so the way back would be easy.

     

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    Most of the campsite had these beautiful trees all around them.

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    These two.

    They are always making me smile.

     

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    A true picture of what it is like to have little sisters…

    She kept petting him and saying he was a cute little baby.

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    That smile.

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    Our campsite was near the campground and bathroom.

    With five kids I have found being close to those super helpful.

    Otherwise, instead of camping, I am pretty much walking to the bathroom with kids the whole trip.

    Well, I am doing that anyway.

    This way it is at least faster so it takes up less of our trip.

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    Sometimes being the littlest is just hard.

    Like when you can’t get to the top and slide down.

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    She wanted to do a flip so much!

    Finally got it!

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    Camping with 5 kids is hard.

    If one is up, everyone is up.

    You feel the bad moods more.

    And sometimes I hike without Nick and just a couple of the kids because someone can’t hike right then.

    Every time I try to pack for our trips I wonder if it is worth it.

    Every trip the good outweighs the bad.

    Take the trip, take pretty pictures, soak in a sunset, and choose to remember the pretty moments.

    Grow from the hard ones but remember the sweet ones.

    Here is the video I did of our trip!

    McGee State Park ~Atoka, OK

    Friday, January 26th, 2018

    We stopped at an Oklahoma State Park on the way to Dinosaur Valley State Park since the drive straight there was a bit long.

    Especially since we leave Friday after Nick is done with work.

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    McGee State Park ended up being about halfway and was a beautiful surprise.

    Pine forest, beautiful lake, and a lot of hiking nearby.

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    She might need to work on her catch.

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    Home away from home.

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    The boys were determined to build a bridge to the big rock.

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    The McGee Creek State Park Natural Scenic Recreation Area is just north of the main park.

    You have to get a permit to hike there though.

    The permits are available at the office and it was a very easy process.

    They do limit the number of permits they give out each day though so keep that in mind if you go during a busy time of the year.

    It was pretty empty while we were there.

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    We did the nature trail first and it was a nice easy hike.

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    We also went on the west branch hike because they recommended it.

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    The boys were asking him questions about inventions almost the whole time.

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    They have learned quickly that their dad is much better than I at helping them in that area.

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    The twins saw Nick blow a raspberry on Little Bit’s cheek and insisted he do it to them.

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    My kids are the best camera blockers ever…

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    Such adorable expressions.

    We left after the hike to head to Dinosaur Valley.

    I realized to late that we were supposed to leave right away to make it to the Creation Museum in Glen Rose before it closed!

    Oops!

    It was only going to be open on that day also so we missed it this trip!

    My awesome planning landed us in Dallas at rush hour also…

    I am glad I was not driving.

    If I was driving we would have been pulling over and waiting for night to fall.

    I don’t like traffic.

    Especially with a 30ft trailer…

    A short video of our time there.