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: ‘state park’



    Lake Murray State Park ~Ardmore, OK

    Monday, February 5th, 2018

    We got to Lake Murray on a Tuesday and it was almost empty at Buzzard Roost Campground where we stayed.

    There are several campgrounds all around the lake but this one was recommended online and had a view of Tucker Tower.


    We got a spot on the end with plenty of room for the kids to play.


    Isn’t this an amazing backyard?!

    Tucker Tower!

    The Nature Center by Tucker Tower was closed on the day we got there but they had a small one at the visitor center that the kids checked out.

    We took a hike that started at Pecan Grove.

    I meant to go on the nature trail that started there but went on a different trail by mistake.


    But the trail was pretty and had some fun bridges.

    Goofs.

    Here is a look at the campsites.

    They have water and electric and have nice pads and tables but not much privacy.

    It was really nice while we were there but I am not sure I would have liked it if it was full.

    Just keep that in mind if you go there.

    I could not resist Tucker Tower at sunset.

    The twins are usually a handful so I would not have usually taken sunset pics while they were with me but I could not miss this sight.

    And maybe it was the sunset or the water(or the long hike we had just done) but they were pretty calm.

    This boys birthday was the next day!

    10yrs old!

    Love this kid.

    We were heading home that day but wanted to stop at the Nature Center and Tucker Tower first!

    I am so glad we did because they were both beautiful and interesting!

    Tucker Tower is a short walk from the Nature Center.

    I told him he had to wait for us.

    Mostly because I did not want to be left downstairs with five kids…

     

    It feels like a castle!

     

    There are two lookout spots on the tower.

    One about midway and the other at the very top.

    Beautiful views.

    Little Bit tried to give it a kiss she liked it so much…

    I really enjoyed our stay at this park!

    It ended up being a perfect halfway point between our house and Dinosaur Valley State Park!

    If you go, make sure you check out Tucker Tower and the Nature Center!

    Here is the video I made of our trip.

     

    McGee State Park ~Atoka, OK

    Friday, January 26th, 2018

    We stopped at an Oklahoma State Park on the way to Dinosaur Valley State Park since the drive straight there was a bit long.

    Especially since we leave Friday after Nick is done with work.

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    McGee State Park ended up being about halfway and was a beautiful surprise.

    Pine forest, beautiful lake, and a lot of hiking nearby.

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    She might need to work on her catch.

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    Home away from home.

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    The boys were determined to build a bridge to the big rock.

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    The McGee Creek State Park Natural Scenic Recreation Area is just north of the main park.

    You have to get a permit to hike there though.

    The permits are available at the office and it was a very easy process.

    They do limit the number of permits they give out each day though so keep that in mind if you go during a busy time of the year.

    It was pretty empty while we were there.

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    We did the nature trail first and it was a nice easy hike.

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    We also went on the west branch hike because they recommended it.

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    The boys were asking him questions about inventions almost the whole time.

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    They have learned quickly that their dad is much better than I at helping them in that area.

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    The twins saw Nick blow a raspberry on Little Bit’s cheek and insisted he do it to them.

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    My kids are the best camera blockers ever…

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    Such adorable expressions.

    We left after the hike to head to Dinosaur Valley.

    I realized to late that we were supposed to leave right away to make it to the Creation Museum in Glen Rose before it closed!

    Oops!

    It was only going to be open on that day also so we missed it this trip!

    My awesome planning landed us in Dallas at rush hour also…

    I am glad I was not driving.

    If I was driving we would have been pulling over and waiting for night to fall.

    I don’t like traffic.

    Especially with a 30ft trailer…

    A short video of our time there.

    Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park ~Prairie Grove, AR

    Monday, December 11th, 2017

    While at Devil’s Den State Park, I picked up some brochures on other state parks nearby.

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    I had wanted to go to the Prairie Grove Battlefield for a little while so I was happy it was pretty close to where we were staying.

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    The museum was small but had a lot of hands-on and interactive displays!

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    The battle of Prairie Grove was a large Civil War battle and would be a perfect stop if you are studying that era or just find that time interesting.

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    When you touched a cannon ball(what my oldest daughter is doing) it would show you a animation of how far it would shoot.

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    My oldest liked looking at all the different weapons.

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    Little bit trying to lift a cannonball!

    She did not succeed…

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    The grounds were so pretty!

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    So many old buildings!

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    There is a 1 mile walking tour but also a driving tour!

    We did both and it was an easy way to learn some interesting history.

    And really sad history.

    Be prepared that it does talk about the ground being soaked in blood and other facts like that.

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    The first part of the walk was my favorite.

    Lots of beautiful historic buildings to see and give the kids a glimpse of what it was like back then.

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    It looks so peaceful.

    Such a contrast to what it must have looked like during the battle.

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    I can’t help but think of the families who lost everything just because their house ended up being in the middle of a battle.

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    They find the Osage Orange’s so interesting.

    I can’t blame them so do I!

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    I really like to visit these kinds of places when they have reenactments going or other historical events.

    If you are planning a trip just to see it, go to their website first and see if they have anything coming up.

    It really helps history come to life!