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: ‘Tamarac’



    Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge ~Rochert, MN

    Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

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    I am convinced that everything is pretty in Minnesota.

    Especially in the fall.

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    The Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge is another favorite stop when up there.

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    I am not sure of the name of the hike but it is a pretty one, out to a spillway.

    It is between Blackbird Lake and South Chippewa Lake.

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    Nick’s dad is a bit of a survivalist and knows what things you can eat in the woods.

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    There were so many swans!

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    This last trail was pretty funny.

    We went on the trail it looped back to the road.

    We basically doubled back to our vehicle to get to the platform.

    Ha

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    We headed to Itasca State Park from here!

    MN Trip ~Day 8 Wolves & Wilderness at Tamarac

    Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

    On day 7 we hung out with family and crashed.

    It is amazing how much your feet hurt when you lay around vs. when you are using them constantly for a hiking.

    I was trying to not laugh at all the aches and pains that were showing up from our hike.

    As soon as I  put shoes on and got moving they faded away.

    Although I did take pictures that day I decided they did not need to be shared on here so I am skipping to our last day.

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    On our last day in Minnesota we decided to go to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge again so we could go to their Fall Festival called “Wolves & Wilderness”.

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    They have educational stations set up about different aspects of the park and wolves.

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    Wild Rice grows in the park so they had a demonstration of how they process it.

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    The volunteers were very nice and full of information.

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    It was held near these old cabins which were cool to look into.

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    At the trapper tent they told my youngest he could touch the wolf trap they had.

    He wanted to know if it was set to go off first.

    Yes, they set it and are trying to trap the little children that come to the tent…

    I guess that is a valid question if you have never really seen one before and therefore do not know if it is armed.

    Of course his next question was if they would set it.

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    The event was centered around a wolf named “Old Three Legs” that terrorized the area in the early 1900’s.

    Since Nick and I saw a wolf limping on our trip north, my youngest told everyone and said maybe it was three legs.

    I don’t think you would have made it Maddie…

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    Poor Maddie being compared to Old Three Legs.

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    You got a stamp in a book at each station and if you filled it you got a prize.

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    What I like most at events like this is the spark it puts into my boys.

    Even if they do not remember any of the information they hear, they are more likely to try to find out about that subject because they are interested now.

    It would not surprise me at all if my youngest picked up a book on wolves at the library sometime.

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    They had a storyteller tell the story of Old Three Legs.

    He was a teacher and it showed.

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    Nick’s mom and some of the boys cousins came as well.

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    I really enjoyed listening to him.

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    It was really cold and we had a long drive back to Oklahoma ahead of us so we tried to hurry through the last activities.

    I am sorry if I seemed rushed to any of the volunteers, I felt like we had a ticking clock following us.

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    Does it get any better than a cabin in the woods?

    Dream house.

    Maybe one a little less drafty though.

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    I am glad that we started our drive a little late so we could attend this event!

    They did a great job and the boys had a lot of fun!

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    The boys earned their prize!

    They got a wolf poster and some apples.

    Those apples were really good!

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    We ended up with a beautiful sunset on the way home.

    I always enjoy my time in Minnesota so much.

    It is a beautiful place.

    What is your favorite state to visit?

    Any fall festivals going on in your area?

    MN Trip ~Day 3 Tamarac

    Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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    We took everyone but my youngest nephew to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge on Monday.

    It was beautiful!

    We ended up going again on our last day to the festival there.

    I will share those later.

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    They have a nice little nature center that the kids enjoy.

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    I think we have done the Old Indian Trail every time we have gone there.

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    This is the first time my niece has joined us though!

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    She wanted to hold both our hands.

    It was pretty adorable.

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    Just a couple of us went on a second hike to the dam.

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    A deer jumped up from some brush right next to the trail.

    I was so shocked I just stared at it.

    No pics…

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    Grandpa trying to show my youngest how to skip rocks.

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    Tiger Salamander!

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    I think these guys were Grebe’s.

    They startled whenever the swans would fly over and the sound of their beating wings on the water was incredible.

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    Of course the boys decided they should startle them instead of waiting for a swan…

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    It was an absolutely beautiful day!

    Definitely a great stop for the area!

    They have easy short trails as well as long ones so be sure to stop by!

    If you do not want to hike they also have a nature drive!