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!



  • Tag: ‘Arkansas’



    Devil’s Den and Thanksgiving

    Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

    We went to Devil’s Den for Thanksgiving.

    Things I learned;

    No matter what holiday, reserve a spot.

    People like to camp for Thanksgiving apparently.

    Also, if camping here make sure you get there while the office is open.

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    We almost did not get a spot!

    I figured out we had to check in at the office before trying to find a site and just happened to catch an employee leaving.

    My kids were tired and done with being in the vehicle.

    It was pretty close to their bedtime and I was not sure we were going to be able to stay!

    I was also worried my backup plan would be full and closed also.

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    The lady helping us said she had one spot left and gave us the number.

    When we got to the campsite it said reserved and had a name on it so we drove back up to the main road to get a cell signal.

    I started searching and calling to try and find another place to stay or find out what to do.

    I do not do well in these situations.

    I was panicking.

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    Thankfully right when I was about to lose it the ranger came by and we asked her what to do!

    Thankfully she told us we could still have the spot that the person had moved to a different one.

    When I went to pay at the office the next morning, someone was reserving spots for next year!

    I guess I need to plan better next time.

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    The next day was Thanksgiving!

    We paid for the site and went for a hike before eating pie…

    I mean our meal.

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    I just wanted pie.

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    My kitchen 😉

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    Devils Den Trail.

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    We are still working with the twins on how to go down steep hills.

    They keep trying to lean forward!

    I really don’t want them falling on their face so we are trying to get them to lean back a bit.

    It ends up being very awkward looking.

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    We like to read any rules posted out loud to the kids during a hike(because then it is not me but the park telling them to not do it).

    One had stated that the caves were closed to protect the bats and that you are not allowed to through rocks at bats or other animals.

    My oldest daughter saw someone throwing a rock in one of the caves to check how deep it was and got upset and said: “YOU COULD HIT A BAT!”

    I will call this a win.

    Glad she was listening.

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    She was trying to take up the whole seat so her dad could not sit down.

    Sweet.

    Ha

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    This is one of my favorite hikes to do at the park and always a favorite of my kids.

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    There was a hawk just sitting on the bank.

    You can see it to the left of Nick’s shoulder.

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    I am not sure what was wrong with it.

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    The kids liked watching it though.

    I wished I had brought my telephoto lens…

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    We got to mark off another state on our scratch off map!

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    I was planning on sharing our whole camping trip in one post but I think that would be a bit long so I will stop on the first day.

    Anyone else not do well with last minute planning and changes?

    I think reservations were made for people like me…

    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…

    Parkin Archeological State Park~Parkin, AR

    Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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    I was not sure if this place would be a hit or not but then they showed us the weapons…

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    They showed an educational video and let you play with the weapons at the end.

    Smart move.

    Bribery is always wise.

    Ha

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    This was the spot of a huge American Indian Village that they think was visited by Hernando de Soto in 1541.

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    Brave move giving all of my kids weapons.

    I stayed back to “document” better.

    Or to not get maimed…

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    My kids with blow guns?

    Sure.

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    Wonder Woman in training.

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    I love walking around historic sites and trying to picture what it used to look like.

    The mound is where the chiefs house stood.

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    There is an old school house there from when a mining town was here.

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    Such a fun and interesting stop.

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