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: ‘salt plains’



    Digging for crystals at the Salt Plains ~Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

    Monday, June 19th, 2017

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    You can dig for selenite crystals at the Salt Plains during the summer!

    More info on crystal digging on their site, here.

    Although we have visited the area several times, this was our first time digging.

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    One of these days I will get to watch a sunrise or sunset here.

    It is on my “bucket list”.

    I am not organized enough to write it down, I just keep telling myself someday.

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    I was not sure before we got there if the kids would actually enjoy doing this but they were crazy about it!

    I should have guessed.

    They think looking for rocks in our yard is exciting.

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    They kept yelling “we’re rich!!!!”

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    You will get muddy so be prepared.

    And it was crazy windy!!!!

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    Shortly after I took this pic Little Bit smeared the mud all over her legs…

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    Treasure!

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    She was super proud of how muddy she was, until it started drying…

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    You will need a shovel and plenty of sunscreen!

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    There are several overlooks around the refuge.

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    We went on the wildlife drive in the refuge and I was surprised when we did see quite a few egrets.

    Usually we like to go on these at dawn and dusk since that is when more animals are out and about.

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    They have some easy hikes that you can go on in the refuge also.

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    We played at the beach in the Salt Plains State Park also.

    It has a really nice sandy beach but the waves were pretty intense and the water was very dirty looking.

    Not sure if it was windier than normal or not.

    I did not take my camera swimming with us so not pics from that except on my instagram account.

    I did take my gopro so maybe I can put a video together.

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    I saw this pretty lake on our way to the salt plains and wanted to be sure to stop and take pics on the way home.

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    Nick stayed in the vehicle with the kids and I walked down to a boat ramp to take pics.

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    It was so peaceful after so many hours in the vehicle with 5 kids.

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    If you have kids that like to treasure hunt than you should check out crystal digging at the Salt Plains!

    It was so much fun and a lot easier than I thought!

    Easter *updated with pics of all my kids

    Friday, April 1st, 2016

    We have never really done much for Easter.

    This year I was thinking about doing several things but was prepared for none of them.

    I forgot to get everyone new clothes so I was scrambling around Sunday morning to find nice things for everyone to wear.

    I felt like it was a miracle we all got ready in time for church.

    Then we stepped outside and saw all the windows down on the vehicle, in the rain…

    I was ready to call it quits but my husband told the boys to get towels.

    I was thinking “WE ARE STILL GOING?”

    Ha.

    We made it but I realized I had nothing special for Easter meal.

    I had thought about it but never actually bought it…

    We decided to go on the trip to the Salt Plains Wildlife Refuge while driving home from church.

    It is 2.5hrs one way to get there.

    I was so happy though.

    Definitely more my speed than fancy meals and themed activities.

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    2.5hrs for snow?

    YES!

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    Someone just read the Chronicles of Narnia and was taken with the Dawn Treader.

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    Instead of Easter eggs they searched for bones.

    My kind of Easter!

     *I updated this post with pictures of our girls also after adoption.

    I was not able to share them at the time since we had not finalized the adoption.

    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!