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’



    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.

    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…