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’

    Labor Day Vacation 2017 ~ Day 2~ Witchita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and camper Tour

    Thursday, September 7th, 2017

    We made it to our campsite and they still had three spots left!!!!


    I chose the one most secluded and it was beautiful.

    We dropped the trailer, paid, and went to see some of the refuge.


    The Prairie Dog Town was a favorite of the kids.


    They would get so close!

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    How they felt about my kids…

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    Our first hike we went for was really easy since we had our dog with us and she is getting old.

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    We saw a lot of wildlife at our campground!

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    The visitor center has a beautiful museum.

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    This next pic shows why museums start to wear me out quickly though…


    Too much energy to be inside for long.

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    On top of Mt. Scott.

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    Most of my kids loved jumping from rock to rock!

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    Such incredible views!

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    These two goofs love mountains.

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    Boulder jumping.

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    Sunset’s were my favorite.

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    The camper made bedtime so much easier!

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    The boys slept in the two high bunks and little bit slept in the low bunk.


    The twins slept closer to our room, on the couch, and fold down table.

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    We only had eclectic so we did not really use the bathroom for much but little bit fits really well 😉

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    I really like that there is less room in our room so that we have enough beds out in the other spaces.

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    The next day brought more great views, amazing places, and some obstacles to overcome…

    Labor Day Vacation 2017 ~ Day 1 ~ Arcadia Lake

    Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

    The first stop of our 4 night camping trip was Arcadia Lake in OKC.

    We knew it would be busy so we hoped getting there on a Thursday would help.

    We snagged the last spot with electric because I called earlier in the day and prepaid!

    They filled up fast!

    Which of course made me really nervous about finding a spot in our final destination, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

    All the camping spots we stayed in were first come first serve, no reservations.


    Our first spot was right next to the playground.

    It was a pretty place but really close to a big city and the sites are close.

    I was glad we were not staying more than one night.


    They thought the pictures of their beads sticking out were funny and kept wanting to do it.


    I found these boots because of  youtuber’s that travels fulltime in an airstream with their daughter.

    They a really sturdy and easy to clean!

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    This was our first time using the camper!

    We wanted something that made camping in the Oklahoma heat easier, fits all our kids, but was not huge.

    It worked out great for us!

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    Beautiful view early the next morning before we left to head south.


    My cute tag along.


    She decided she wanted to go back with the others and started slowly walking back to the campsite to see if I would follow.

    3yr olds are a riot.


    We mostly just slept in the trailer.

    Eating and playing outside.

    That helped keep everyone(mostly me) sane(ish).


    I was so stressed leaving this site!

    I had no clue if we would be able to find a place to stay that night!

    I am so glad we took the chance though!

    A weekend at the Lake and a 25K.

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

    It all started with a race my husband did last month.

    It is called the Snake Run and my oldest said he did not want to run it this year.

    It is a 3hr race that you try to get as many miles as you can in that time.

    As soon as the race was getting ready to start my son changed his mind of course and wanted to run.

    Too late.

    We told him he could run the Lake McMurtry Trail Run if he wanted to though.

    This was going to be a bit different though since Nick was running the 25K.


    He still said he wanted to do it so we headed over to Lake McMurtry on friday night to camp the night before the race.


    At first I thought camping was a bad idea.

    We were only camping one night and that is a lot of work for that short of time.


    But if we had not camped, I would have missed this sunset on the lake.



    This sunset was worth all of the packing, prep, and dealing with wasps in the camper.







    Saturday morning dawned bright(maybe not so bright) and early with the Early 50K start at 7am.


    Then came the regular 50K start.


    25K start!


    They are off!


    Half way!


    My youngest and Maddie hanging out during the race.


    Final steps!


    They did it!


    Getting their medals for finishing.




    Before and after!

    I asked my son if it was long and he said, “yes, and tiring.”

    I also asked if he would like to do it again and he promptly told me “no” but a few minutes later said “maybe”.


    I probably would have said no after running all of those miles as well!

    This is a great event!

    The volunteers and workers do such an amazing job putting on these runs.

    Thank you for making trail running exciting for my eight year old!

    For more information on the actual run check out Ken’s blog, here.