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: ‘Hiking’



    Gloss Mountain State Park ~Fairview, OK

    Monday, October 2nd, 2017

    We went to Gloss Mountain State Park 3 times while camping nearby.

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    I went to the top with three of the kids Saturday afternoon.

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    She likes to stop in the shade.

    Every hike, she is stopped somewhere in the shade.

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    These views always make the hike up worth it.

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    I could not resist going back that same evening.

    I missed most of the sunset but it was still magical up there.

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    It was close to bedtime so I just took the two oldest up.

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    My younger boy asked that we walk to the end this time(there is a trail on top).

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    We did not make it to the very end of the trail since we were loosing light fast.

    I always think of a Louis Lamour book called “The Haunted Mesa” when I am on top of Gloss Mountain.

    As the light faded that book seemed to come to life.

    It is not set in this location but reminds me of it.

    So yes, I shared with my boys that I felt like I was going to be transported to another world.

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    My younger boy analizes everything and let me know that there are other worlds in a way.

    Heaven.

    I miss talks and moments like this, we don’t have them as often anymore.

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    My favorite hike was the next morning.

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    We all went up before heading home.

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    This place is always amazing.

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    Oklahoma skies showing off.

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    Trying to get everyone in.

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    Finally went to the end!

    Also, don’t fall off…

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    Keep in mind that you are hiking on top of a mesa so drop offs everywhere.

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    It makes for a beautiful hike though.

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    Heading back down! You can actually see our camper in the parking lot below!

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    Minutes after driving down the road our awning ripped off our rv.

    What would an rv trip be without a little added challenge?

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    If you bend an awning in half it will fit into your rv!

    Good information to know.

    You are welcome.

    Here is a short video of our weekend.

    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.