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’

    Roman Nose State Park ~Watonga, OK

    Tuesday, November 28th, 2017


    The Palo Duro State Park was a hard act to follow.

    I knew any place we stayed after it would probably not seem as great.

    At first, I was not sure about Roman Nose State Park but it grew on me.



    Around the lake is a little bit dirty with trash and the sites are pretty close together but thankfully it was not very busy and we had plenty of space.


    Such a pretty sunset.

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    The next day we hiked to Inspiration Point from the visitor center and it ended up being a very pretty hike.

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    I like any hike with bridges and boardwalks.


    You do have to watch out for cactus right next to the trail.


    The ground had a blue tint in spots.

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    Beautiful view at the top.

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    You can actually rent a teepee to sleep in!

    They are available to rent in the summer.

    I would not be able to do it because the bottom has gaps and I would worry about snakes all night but I am sure the boys would think it was awesome!

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    The nice park ranger told us about the springs and I was so glad he did!

    It ended up being the highlight of the park for us.

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    This pool was magic!

    And freezing.

    My kids are crazy…

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    The playground is located near the spring.


    I don’t know about your kids but mine have a lot of energy to get out before they get anywhere near the camper!

    Small spaces and energetic children should not mix.

    I pretty much kicked them outside all day.

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    I use these mugs a lot to boil water in the camper.

    They don’t take up much room and boil quickly.

    We got them for backpacking but they have worked great for the camper.

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    This ended up being a great stop on our way home!

    If only all my kids did not step in dog poop just as we were leaving…

    We also got a flat tire when we pulled in.


    That is how our trips have gone so far, always something.

    Do you have crazy things happen on all your camping trips?

    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.


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


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


    My favorite hike was the next morning.


    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…


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


    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!


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

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


    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.


    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 😉


    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.


    Such a pretty location.

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



    Our scratch off map!


    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.