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: ‘National Forest’



    Boardstand Trailhead, Ouachita National Forest ~Day 5

    Monday, November 24th, 2014

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    We really like loops but since the Boardstand Trail & Old Military Trail loop is over 23 miles I knew that would not work.

    We went ahead and went, thinking we would do an out and back.

    When we got there we saw a road that kept going past the trailhead and decided to see where it went.

    It ended up following the Old Military road trail with several intersections with the trail!

    You can check out what we did on Endomondo.

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    Check out the trail map, here.

    We just started on the trail at one of the intersections with the road, hiked on the trail for a while, and came back on the road.

    Making our own loop.

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    The road was almost like a wide trail anyway.

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    Beauty Berries everywhere!

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    Starting back on the road.

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    We ended up with just over 5.5 miles and our very own loop!

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    Here is the start at the actual trailhead.

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    Smore’s!

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    Smore’s are better with Reece’s Cups…

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    Last night camping!

    We started the trip back the next day!

     

    Black Fork Mountain Trail, Ouachita National Forest ~Day 3

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

    After three nights at the non-electric site we moved to one with electricity.

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    It was kind of crazy that we had the whole area to ourselves!

    Have you ever stayed in an empty campground?

    It is odd.

    And a bit creepy.

    But also nice.

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    We did the Black Fork Mountain Trail on our third day.

    It is a pretty difficult trail for about two miles but then you are hiking along a ridge and it has a lot of nice views.

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    The wind here was crazy!

    It tried to blow us off many times.

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    The boys loved it!

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    This man makes me so happy.

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    30!

    I told Nick to take pictures of me on my last day of being 30.

    For some reason I feel like the day before my birthday is a bigger deal than my actual birthday.

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    We cooked everything on this little stove.

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    It is nice because it only needs little sticks to burn.

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    I went down to the creek near the campground to take pictures.

    And skip rocks…

    Is it odd that I felt like it was a great day before my birthday because I successfully skipped multiple rocks?

    I was pretty excited.

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    I am usually a horrible rock skipper.

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    This tree was begging for a photo shoot.

    This kid cracks me up.

    He was humming and swinging his hips the whole time…

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    Talimena Scenic Drive, Ouachita National Forest ~ Day 2

    Monday, November 17th, 2014

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    Beautiful day on the scenic byway!

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    This trail is right off one of the turnouts but it is not really marked well any more and over grown.

    I am hoping they fix it since it is really a nice little trail.

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    Took the short loop of the Mountain Top Trail that starts at the Winding Stair Trailhead.

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    It was a beautiful second day!