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: ‘Witchita Mountains Wildlife Refuge’



    LABOR DAY VACATION 2017 ~ DAY 4(LAST DAY!)~ WITCHITA MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE REFUGE

    Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

    This was our last full day at the refuge.

    We left for home the next day.

    And we made it home!

    We chugged all the way but made it 😉

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    Another beautiful morning hike.

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    This shows how much energy Little Bit has.

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    We went swimming in Lake Lawtonka.

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    Such a pretty location.

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    I tried to keep the kids out of the camper as much as possible.

    ha

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    Our scratch off map!

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    Roasting apples over the fire because someone(could have been anyone) did not make sure the marshmallows were good…

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    Last hike!

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    Anyone else have kids that have to go to the bathroom the instant you start hiking?

    Yeah, me neither…

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    Our last hike ended up being a little bit stressful since some of my kids were done hiking and I had put a lot of expectations on it.

    At least I have pretty pictures to look at.

    That always makes me feel better.

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    Sunset always made the rocks look amazing.

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    Overall I would say this was a good first run in our camper.

    Vehicle problems and all.

    It helped that this might be my favorite spot in Oklahoma.

    Labor Day Vacation 2017 ~ Day 3~ Witchita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

    Monday, September 11th, 2017

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    These cattle roam free on the refuge.

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    Elk!

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    Elk Mountain hike!

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    It’s a lot of up…

    ha

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    Beautiful place.

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    I like to hike in the morning and evening.

    Beautiful light and cooler temps.

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    As a photographer I think it is totally acceptable to ask that we only hike in the golden hour…

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    Nick took the big kids to finish the hike to the top.

    Little bit and I hung out in this amazing spot with awesome views.

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    She thought pretending to eat me was giving me kisses.

    Ha

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    The tiny specks on the top of the ridge are my kids.

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    Rabbit!

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    Nick took this from the top!

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    Headed down.

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    After this hike we ate lunch at the camper and went into town to go the Museum of the Great Plains.

    Since this is already a long post, I will do a seperate post from the museum.

    After visiting the museum we had vehicle trouble!

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    We hung out in a car parts store parking lot for a while and had no clue if we would be able to drive home the next day.

    Let alone make it back to the campground.

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    We stopped at a nearby park to let kids run off energy and so Nick could research(our campsite did not have any cell service).

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    After none of our efforts to find a shop to repair it or a reasonable rental that fits a family of 7 we headed back towards our campsite.

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    It was an interesting twist to our vacation but gave me a glimpse into what full time travel might be like.

    If you break down, you don’t know anyone around to help fix it.

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    I was thankful for Nick offering to stop at a spot on the way back to the campsite.

    Our vehicle was running rough but we made it back(it was a holiday weekend so our options were limited).

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    This place just shows off at sunset.

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    I had no clue what the next day would hold but loved ending a somewhat stressful day on such a beautiful note.

    Labor Day Vacation 2017 ~ Day 2~ Witchita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and camper Tour

    Thursday, September 7th, 2017

    We made it to our campsite and they still had three spots left!!!!

    YAY!

    I chose the one most secluded and it was beautiful.

    We dropped the trailer, paid, and went to see some of the refuge.

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    The Prairie Dog Town was a favorite of the kids.

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    They would get so close!

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    How they felt about my kids…

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    Our first hike we went for was really easy since we had our dog with us and she is getting old.

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    We saw a lot of wildlife at our campground!

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    The visitor center has a beautiful museum.

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    This next pic shows why museums start to wear me out quickly though…

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    Too much energy to be inside for long.

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    On top of Mt. Scott.

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    Most of my kids loved jumping from rock to rock!

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    Such incredible views!

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    These two goofs love mountains.

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    Boulder jumping.

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    Sunset’s were my favorite.

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    The camper made bedtime so much easier!

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    The boys slept in the two high bunks and little bit slept in the low bunk.

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    The twins slept closer to our room, on the couch, and fold down table.

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    We only had eclectic so we did not really use the bathroom for much but little bit fits really well 😉

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    I really like that there is less room in our room so that we have enough beds out in the other spaces.

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    The next day brought more great views, amazing places, and some obstacles to overcome…