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: ‘Parks’



    Foss State Park & Washita Wildlife Refuge ~Foss, OK

    Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

    The trip to Palo Duro was a bit too long to pull a camper in one day so I planned a stop around halfway.

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    Nick had to work on the day we left so we got to Foss State Park late in the day.

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    This dollar spot Target find worked out great to keep Little Bit entertained on the trip!

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    The full hookup sites that were open were a bit close together for me but it worked out.

    I believe there are more available during the summer but they close some of the campgrounds in the winter.

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    The Washita Wildlife Refuge is right next to Foss State Park and I had been wanting to visit it for a while.

    So we drove up to it and saw the rest of Foss State Park also the next day.

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    The lake water was so pretty and clear!

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    Look at this beautiful swimming beach at Foss State Park!

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    I can’t wait to go back when we can swim!

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    We did run into a problem with the wildlife refuge.

    It happened to be one of the few days they closed areas of the refuge so people could hunt.

    It was a bit disappointing but we went back the next day to hike the trails that had been closed.

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    Huge fields of white cotton!

    So pretty!

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    This bridge was one of the few things open on the 1st day we visited.

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    There was a nice hiking trail right next to our campsite.

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    Nick is great at getting smiles and laughter for pics 🙂

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    I love how pretty Oklahoma grass is in the fall.

    It lights up at sunset.

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    One of my kids took this, I did not get that close to a dead animal…

    ha

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    Foss State Park has a Bison Herd!

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    A quick trip back to Washita Wildlife Refuge before heading to Texas!

    We saw so many deer!

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    And coot’s…

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    Even their signs had a southern accent…

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    A lot of easy, short hikes to see beautiful Oklahoma.

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    This lake was so beautiful!

    I am so glad we stopped here!

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    Do you have a favorite state park where you live?

    Here is a video of our time at the park and wildlife refuge!

    Maplewood State Park ~Pelican Rapids, MN

    Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

    Maplewood State Park

    I love this park so much that we ended up going three times while visiting family in MN!

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    The first time we ended up just taking the twins and my niece.

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    This is the woodland trail loop.

    It is under a mile but so pretty!

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    I may have told my husband that I was not going home…

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    Minnesota in the fall is hard to leave!

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    My adorable niece.

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    For the second visit, we had all of our kids and came into the park from the south.

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    This is a small portion of the Star Loop trail.

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    Next, we walked some of this beautiful trail near Maplewood Church.

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    I had actually decided to try a family picture with this stunning backdrop but a birthday party started.

    I could not bring myself to get out my tripod and set everyone up for a family pic with an audience.

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    We drove into in the park a bit more and ended up stopping to take this pic on a side road.

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    I love how it looks like everyone is cooperating and having fun but in real life, I had one mad at me and glaring for most of the pics…

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    On our 3rd visit, we had just the girls(the boys opted to stay and play with cousins).

    We hiked on the Ironwood Trail.

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    I can’t get over how pretty the woods were.

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    The girls decided to throw leaves at Nick on the hike back to the vehicle.

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    Love these.

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    I am already missing fall in Minnesota!

    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.

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

    Heaven.

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

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    My favorite hike was the next morning.

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    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…

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

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    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!

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

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

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    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.