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: ‘Keystone Ancient Forest’

    New Trail at Keystone Ancient Forest ~Sand Springs, OK

    Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

    We went to Keystone Ancient Forest to try out their new trail called “The Less Travelled Trail.”

    You take the main trails to get to it.

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    It says 4.1 miles one way on the map but looks like a loop.

    It just finishes in a different spot.


    We did not go very far on it though so I can’t confirm that.

    It was a nice trail though and we liked it okay.

    My boys liked rocky hard trails.

    The harder the better.

    Little bit prefers flat easy trails.

    She kept saying no more “mountains” when we hiked at Palo Duro in November.


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    As you can see, we turned around at the half mile marker.

    There were just enough loose rocks and gravel that it was bothering my back (I hurt it a little while ago) so we turned around before I got hurt.

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    We took the fire road back when we got to the main trail and it ended up being a pretty short hike back to the parking lot from there.

    So if you are just wanting to check out the new trail that might be the shortest route to get there for you.


    I am so thankful for this beautiful place that they are developing near us though!

    They are doing a great job with the trails!

    I am looking forward to trying this one again, maybe starting at a different spot.

    Wilson Trail is still my favorite one so far because of the big rocks and pretty views but I have only seen a portion of the new so who knows!

    Have you checked out Keystone Ancient Forest?

    They are only open on curtain Saturdays but they let you know which ones on their facebook page.

    Check them out!

    Here is a video of our hike here and one at Keystone State Park.

    If you hang out to the end of the video you can see what it is like to be in a vehicle with 5 kids…

    Fall in the Keystone Ancient Forest with 5 kids

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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    I took SO MANY pictures!!!

    I think the knowledge that I would be able to share them soon made me go crazy.


    This was the weekend before the adoption and I could not stop smiling about getting to share these pics.

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    Such a perfect fall day.


    “M” likes to wear a backpack on hikes with a few snacks and water.

    She is in the pink.

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    Yes I did take a hundred pics of the girls holding dad’s hand.

    It’s adorable.

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    Little bit always wants a ride.


    Kicking dirt.

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    “B’s” adorable face.

    I love her trying to hold back a smile face.


    My family is adorable.

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    Someone did not like the crisp fall air.

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    Always trying to see what big brothers are doing.

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    Those pom pom’s!

    So adorable!

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    They thought her long arms were pretty funny.

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    I waited for years for this place to open.

    I am so glad they finally did it!

    It is only open on select Saturday’s though so you need to check their facebook page before you go.

    Keystone Ancient Forest ~Sand Springs, OK

    Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

    We decided to head out to the Keystone Ancient Forest Saturday to hike the Wilson Trail again.

    We did not realize until we got there that they were hosting an event called “A Walk in the Forest”.

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    They had people from the forestry dept. and volunteers out teaching people about forests.


    They also had signs with information about the trees and forests and a book about them.






    Our trail was not busy at all!

    We only saw two people on it.




    In our natural environment…




    My youngest wanted me to take a picture of some of the treasure he found since we could not take them with us.

    Most parks and especially preserves do not want you to take anything with you.

    They want it there for everyone to enjoy.



    I need to work with my boys on the proper way to ask questions at events like this.

    They interrupt.

    I also realize that they do not handle evolution well.

    They simply told them they do not believe in millions of years so of course the person stopped talking.

    My husband pointed out that they would learn so much more from listening and asking questions versus telling someone they are wrong.


    The people handled this graciously and with kindness but I am going to work with the boys on how we learn from others more.

    Why am I writing this down?

    I use this blog as kind of a journal.

    I am hoping to come back some day, read this, and realize that I have accomplished my goal.

    How do you work with your children on being good listeners?

    I really do enjoy this place and hope you will go check it out!

    There are nice easy paved paths, easy gravel and dirt paths, and a difficult trail for people like us.

    Something for everyone.

    Check out Sand Springs website for when they are open.