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!

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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    I just wanted pie.


    My kitchen 😉


    Devils Den Trail.


    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.



    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.


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




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


    There was a hawk just sitting on the bank.

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


    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…

    Devil’s Den State Park ~Part 2

    Monday, December 9th, 2013

    highlands leaves log trailsigns lakeWe went to Lake Fort Smith to hike on the Highlands Trail the day after Thanksgiving.

    It is a 165 miles long national recreation trail in Arkansas!

    We only did 5 miles of it though.

    moss earlymorning dam logwalk devilsdenWe hiked the Lake trail and the Devil’s Den trail on Saturday.

    We started back home on Sunday but stopped off at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.

    It is located near Fort Smith in Oklahoma.

    lotsofgeese road mass reflection armadillo geeselook geeseflight geese owlflight birdtrail birds meI really enjoy looking at all the birds they have!

    They do Eagle Watch tours also.

    Part 1, here.

    The boys had a great time and loved Devil’s Den!

    My oldest was already asking when we could go again!

    Thanksgiving at Devil’s Den State Park ~Part 1

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

    yellowrock2 top 1sthike woods thesemenWe went camping for Thanksgiving at Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas.

    It was wonderful and amazing.

    The first hike we did was Thanksgiving morning on the Yellow Rock trail.

    It goes up to a lookout and is about 3 miles.

    stove thanksgivingWe cooked some slices of ham on the little stove Nick made for lunch!

    So good!

    sawmill ears nest 2ndhike hike2fall break sawmill2 water crossingAfter lunch we hiked on the Fossil Flats Mountain bike trail.

    There are 3 different loops you can do. We took the Sawmill loop for part of it but crossed the river and took another trail back.

    pieI made two sweet potato pies to bring with us!

    So good!

    I eat the other food just to get to the pie…

    bridgeonly sunsetboys bridge watersunset2 sunsetwatching twobridges bridgesunset sunsetwaterThe boys and I went down to the river by the campground at sunset.

    That water was so perfect.

    I love the water in Arkansas so beautiful!

    cards cardshands nightCards and reading to end the day.

    I saw many other families out enjoying the day together.

    It was definitely an amazing way to spend a day about thankfulness.

    How did you spend Thanksgiving?

    Are you a pie junky like me?

    I bought two more pie crust’s but I am scared to do anything with them!

    I have no self control once something is in my house.

    I keep it out, that is the only self control I have…


    Now I want pie.