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: ‘VacationSpr17’



    Pinnacle Mountain State Park~ Little Rock, AR

    Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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    We got to Pinnacle Mountain State Park right before the visitor center closed.

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    Me, “They have alligators in Arkansas?”

    What?

    No clue.

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    We went on the scenic overlook trail right next to the visitors center.

    Really short walk.

    All the walks on our trip were easy and short.

    I was told I had to take it easy by my doctor due to a back injury so every walk was around 1 mile or less.

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    Lizard!

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    We also went on the Arkansas Trail loop.

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    It is the Arboretum as well so lots of signs with information about the trees throughout the walk.

    My second oldest read every single sign.

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    These little machines would tell you information about the area if you cranked them.

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    There was a constant debate of who’s turn it was…

    Thank you park people for the fun crank machines that helped my kids work on their sharing skills.

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    Speckled Kingsnake?

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    That is him slithering away in terror…

    Our crew scared him.

    ha

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    We did not stay very long at this park and I really want to go back when we can do the pinnacle hike!

    It was too steep for this trip.

    I was also constantly battling to get checked into the hotel before the kids bedtime.

    Not sure I ever accomplished that goal…

    Heron Pond Nature Preserve~Cache River State Natural Area, Illinois

    Monday, June 5th, 2017

     

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    Heron Pond Nature Preserve is really close to Shawnee National Forest.

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    This is the Heron Pond Trail.

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    It felt a little bit longer than the map said to get to the boardwalk.

    But it was the toddlers nap time so that might have contributed to that feeling…

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    Nick ended up having to stay at the van with Little Bit and I took the older kids to the boardwalk.

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    Found it!

    I was just about to turn around when we saw it!

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    I am so glad we kept going because it was beautiful!

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    I was really wishing for a wide angle lens!

    The trees were huge!

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    You could see a bunch of little trails in the duckweed.

    We read later that they were snakes, turtles and such.

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    It looks like you can just walk right on top of it.

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    I took a picture of this honeysuckle because the previous day’s drive through Shawnee National Forest was filled with the amazing smell of it.

    And we were stopped to change a flat tire…

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    We did a small portion of the lookout point trail.

    This is a great trail for when mosquitoes are bad.

    It is right next to a cliff so it is really open and breezy but shaded.

    I am always on the lookout for trails like this in Oklahoma for summer time hikes!

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    My oldest took some pics.

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    Siblings get the cutest smiles for pics.

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    This second boardwalk was super easy to get to.

    It is right off Illinois Route 37.

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    Such cool trees.

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    There are a lot of trails here although we only did a few.

    You could spend a long time exploring.

    Parkin Archeological State Park~Parkin, AR

    Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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    I was not sure if this place would be a hit or not but then they showed us the weapons…

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    They showed an educational video and let you play with the weapons at the end.

    Smart move.

    Bribery is always wise.

    Ha

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    This was the spot of a huge American Indian Village that they think was visited by Hernando de Soto in 1541.

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    Brave move giving all of my kids weapons.

    I stayed back to “document” better.

    Or to not get maimed…

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    My kids with blow guns?

    Sure.

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    Wonder Woman in training.

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    I love walking around historic sites and trying to picture what it used to look like.

    The mound is where the chiefs house stood.

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    There is an old school house there from when a mining town was here.

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    Such a fun and interesting stop.

    Parkin Archaeological State Park