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’



    OKC Outdoors

    Friday, July 14th, 2017

    Arcadia Conservation Education Area

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    They are racing for the shade.

    It was a little bit hot.

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    The education center was closed when we went.

    I am not sure if it is only used for school trips and stuff?

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    Martin Park Nature Center

    We found out that the nature center was closed for construction after we got there.

    So you will want to check the status of that before you go.

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    This place had really nice easy walks but we ran into seed ticks while there. I am wondering if it was from the bridge or tower.

    We stayed in the middle of the path and usually can avoid them if we don’t brush up against grass.

    Thankfully a baby wipe got a lot of them off.

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    Acadia Lake State Parks

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    We actually parked here so Little Bit could take a nap!

    It was really hot that day but by parking in the shade right next to the lake, it was not bad at all.

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    This trail does not seem to get much use.

    The farther we went the smaller the trail so we turned around.

    I try not to take trails that are too narrow in the summer here.

    Sure enough we got ticks from this one as well.

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    Arcadia Lake is really pretty though and has lots of camping options.

    Might need to make an rv trip here someday.

    Pinnacle Mountain State Park~ Little Rock, AR

    Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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    We got to Pinnacle Mountain State Park right before the visitor center closed.

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    Me, “They have alligators in Arkansas?”

    What?

    No clue.

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    We went on the scenic overlook trail right next to the visitors center.

    Really short walk.

    All the walks on our trip were easy and short.

    I was told I had to take it easy by my doctor due to a back injury so every walk was around 1 mile or less.

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    Lizard!

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    We also went on the Arkansas Trail loop.

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    It is the Arboretum as well so lots of signs with information about the trees throughout the walk.

    My second oldest read every single sign.

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    These little machines would tell you information about the area if you cranked them.

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    There was a constant debate of who’s turn it was…

    Thank you park people for the fun crank machines that helped my kids work on their sharing skills.

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    Speckled Kingsnake?

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    That is him slithering away in terror…

    Our crew scared him.

    ha

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    We did not stay very long at this park and I really want to go back when we can do the pinnacle hike!

    It was too steep for this trip.

    I was also constantly battling to get checked into the hotel before the kids bedtime.

    Not sure I ever accomplished that goal…

    Gloss Mountains State Park in the Winter ~Fairview, OK

    Thursday, January 19th, 2017

    This place is magic.

    You are driving along in terrain as flat as can be and suddenly there are these amazing buttes right in front of you.

    Totally unexpected and amazing.

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    To add to the magic, the day was moody, cold, windy, and ice lingered in spots.

    The sun would suddenly light up the ice making it seem like you were in a different world.

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    I could look all day.

    You can hike along the top of Gloss Mountain.

    It is a bit of a climb to get to the top but has amazing views.

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    It was also cold and windy.

    At first that seemed like it would make the whole trip uncomfortable.

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    But the cold wind and cloudy skies made it even more breathtaking.

    Figuratively and literally 🙂

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    This was my girls first time here.

    I did not think we would be able to go because of the steep drops but my husband said we could do it.

    We kept little ones close.

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    We told the kids it looked like Elsa had been here…

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    It feels like you can see for miles.

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    The mud coated our shoes and made it hard to walk.

    It also kept the wind from blowing us off.

    Ha

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    My youngest son climbed up with a GoPro strapped to his head.

    I was not sure about what kind of video we would get but I ended up loving it.

    It is like we are being introduced to his world.

    A world where every sight has to be taken in at once and bouncing is constant.

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    I brought a little handheld microscope along so they could look at one of the rocks that give the mountain it’s name.

    It was pretty cool, so sparkly.

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    My youngest boy kept his arms in his coat.

    He and his brother thought it was going to be a lot warmer out and were happy to be in the car.

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    Little bit thought dropping ice on herself was funny.

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    Pretty sure she is trying to lick dad…

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    It was an amazing adventure!

    I need to remember to go more often, it is worth the drive.

    We actually stopped at the Little Sahara State Park to check out the sand dunes after we were done.

    I have so many pics though I decided to break it up into different posts!

    Do you have a favorite spot in Oklahoma?