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’

    1st Day Hike! ~2018

    Thursday, January 18th, 2018

    Because it was cold, I ended up only taking one hiking with me this year for the first hike.

    We went to the Washington Irving Scenic Trail at Washington Irving South Recreation Area.


    The recreation area does have a $5 day use fee.


    This swimming beach looks beautiful.

    We did run into some sand burs while walking around though so you would want to be careful near the grass at all.

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    The trail was located on the north side of the park.

    It was a little hard for us to find but it is a pretty small park so not too bad.

    There is a parking lot right next to the trail.


    Some of the trail markers might be hard to find.


    I liked reading the little bits of history along the trail.

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    Taking along another photographer was so fun!

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    It was hard to read this sign but it said something about treasure hidden in a cave that is now under Lake Keystone.

    I tried to convince my son to brave the freezing temps and find the money for his Dad’s retirement…


    He did not care about his parents happiness apparently.


    The ice probably helps insulate it so that if he dove down it would be warm…

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    We lost the trail at this point.

    I had already heard from someone else that it kind of disappears.

    We ended up turning around so round trip was just over a mile.

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    I am so used to hiking with 5 kids.

    This hike was so QUIET.

    It was a nice way to start the year.

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    We saw a lot of deer!


    Do you participate in the 1st day hike?

    If not do you have another fun tradition for the 1st day of the year?

    You can check out my video to see what the trail is like.

    New Trail at Keystone Ancient Forest ~Sand Springs, OK

    Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

    We went to Keystone Ancient Forest to try out their new trail called “The Less Travelled Trail.”

    You take the main trails to get to it.

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    It says 4.1 miles one way on the map but looks like a loop.

    It just finishes in a different spot.


    We did not go very far on it though so I can’t confirm that.

    It was a nice trail though and we liked it okay.

    My boys liked rocky hard trails.

    The harder the better.

    Little bit prefers flat easy trails.

    She kept saying no more “mountains” when we hiked at Palo Duro in November.


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    As you can see, we turned around at the half mile marker.

    There were just enough loose rocks and gravel that it was bothering my back (I hurt it a little while ago) so we turned around before I got hurt.

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    We took the fire road back when we got to the main trail and it ended up being a pretty short hike back to the parking lot from there.

    So if you are just wanting to check out the new trail that might be the shortest route to get there for you.


    I am so thankful for this beautiful place that they are developing near us though!

    They are doing a great job with the trails!

    I am looking forward to trying this one again, maybe starting at a different spot.

    Wilson Trail is still my favorite one so far because of the big rocks and pretty views but I have only seen a portion of the new so who knows!

    Have you checked out Keystone Ancient Forest?

    They are only open on curtain Saturdays but they let you know which ones on their facebook page.

    Check them out!

    Here is a video of our hike here and one at Keystone State Park.

    If you hang out to the end of the video you can see what it is like to be in a vehicle with 5 kids…

    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?