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: ‘Gloss Mountain State Park’



    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.

    Gloss Mountains State Park in the Winter ~Fairview, OK

    Thursday, January 19th, 2017

    This place is magic.

    You are driving along in terrain as flat as can be and suddenly there are these amazing buttes right in front of you.

    Totally unexpected and amazing.

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    To add to the magic, the day was moody, cold, windy, and ice lingered in spots.

    The sun would suddenly light up the ice making it seem like you were in a different world.

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    I could look all day.

    You can hike along the top of Gloss Mountain.

    It is a bit of a climb to get to the top but has amazing views.

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    It was also cold and windy.

    At first that seemed like it would make the whole trip uncomfortable.

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    But the cold wind and cloudy skies made it even more breathtaking.

    Figuratively and literally 🙂

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    This was my girls first time here.

    I did not think we would be able to go because of the steep drops but my husband said we could do it.

    We kept little ones close.

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    We told the kids it looked like Elsa had been here…

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    It feels like you can see for miles.

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    The mud coated our shoes and made it hard to walk.

    It also kept the wind from blowing us off.

    Ha

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    My youngest son climbed up with a GoPro strapped to his head.

    I was not sure about what kind of video we would get but I ended up loving it.

    It is like we are being introduced to his world.

    A world where every sight has to be taken in at once and bouncing is constant.

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    I brought a little handheld microscope along so they could look at one of the rocks that give the mountain it’s name.

    It was pretty cool, so sparkly.

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    My youngest boy kept his arms in his coat.

    He and his brother thought it was going to be a lot warmer out and were happy to be in the car.

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    Little bit thought dropping ice on herself was funny.

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    Pretty sure she is trying to lick dad…

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    It was an amazing adventure!

    I need to remember to go more often, it is worth the drive.

    We actually stopped at the Little Sahara State Park to check out the sand dunes after we were done.

    I have so many pics though I decided to break it up into different posts!

    Do you have a favorite spot in Oklahoma?

    Road Trip to the West

    Friday, March 30th, 2012

    We got up at 5am on Saturday to start our trip west.

    I was hoping to get to the Great Salt Plains State Park before the sun was too harsh.

    I love my pillow too much to have made it there for the actual sunrise.

    It is a 3 hour drive from our house to get there.

    We started on the northern side of the Salt Plains at the Sandpiper Trail.

    I love this place.

    It is a pretty short, easy trail.

    Less then a mile total.

    I think it is just beautiful.

    Next we went to the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge.

    There are trails to walk and an Auto Tour.

    This is a short trail that is right off the Auto Tour road.

    I am really glad I never saw the movie The Birds.

    I have only seen commercials for it and still all these birds flying in massive groups made me slightly uneasy.

    Thanks, Alfred Hitchcock.

    Next we went to the Sod House Museum.

    It is pretty close to the Salt Plains and I have been wanting to see it.

    They built the museum around it!

    I love history and grew up reading westerns so I was fascinated to see what I have read so much about.

    They did say that mud daubers and non-poisonous snakes were thought to be a good thing because they killed mice, rats, and spiders.

    So they lived with you…

    I do not think I could handle that.

    Next door to the Sod House is the Little Sahara State Park.

    I have been wanting to see this for a while.

    It is mostly for ATV’s and that sort of thing but we did find a small walking path to look around some.

    Lot’s of playing going on.

    We could not stay and watch too long because someone(me) did not put sunscreen on anybody!

    I burned…

    My skin sees sun peek through the clounds and it turns red.

    This is my youngest philosophy on life.

    Fling yourself as fast as you can and don’t worry about falling until it happens.

    He actually does not care if he falls.

    He would do it again the same way.

    Last stop, Gloss Mountain State Park.

    We actually went there pretty recently but I could not help stopping while in the area!

    I thought the people going up the steps gave it a nice sense of scale.

    This was actually taken by Nick!

    I took some also but did not like them as much.

    This little guy had a full photo shoot while we were there.

    He has not paid yet…

    I love how diverse Oklahoma is!

    So much to see!