Hiking and History: Visiting the Cherokee Nation

Touring central Oklahoma, the oldest thing you’ll see was built in 1889.  That was the year that the Unassigned Lands were opened up and people from all over flooded across the prairie to start towns like Edmond, Guthrie, and Oklahoma City.  However, the eastern portion of our state was settled much earlier by the Five Civilized Tribes.  I’m a history buff, and my wife loves … Continue reading Hiking and History: Visiting the Cherokee Nation

The Wichita Mountains: Oklahoma’s Greatest Outdoor Destination

When I was about five years old, my parents brought the family to the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, near Medicine Park. It was a place unlike any other that I had visited in my short life, and it still holds that title today. It’s the one place I insist that you visit, and hopefully this post will do it some justice. History The Wichita … Continue reading The Wichita Mountains: Oklahoma’s Greatest Outdoor Destination

Taste the Rainbow: My Hunt for Oklahoma Trout

My entire career as a fisherman has been spent almost exclusively in pursuit of two popular Oklahoma game fish: bass and catfish.  Bass are my number one target, and fishing for them can be very technical.  Catfish are more simple: put something revolting on your hook, and put it on the bottom of the lake. Since my college years, however, I have grown increasingly interested … Continue reading Taste the Rainbow: My Hunt for Oklahoma Trout

Our First Family Roadtrip-Turner Falls and Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Growing up, Kaylie and I both visited Sulphur, Oklahoma quite often.  I have family there, and both of our families enjoyed the cold springs at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.  When Sean was about 5 months old, we decided to take a trip together and revisit our old vacation spot. Day one: Turner Falls The scientific types will tell you that the Arbuckle Mountains of southern … Continue reading Our First Family Roadtrip-Turner Falls and Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Lodge, Cabin, or Tent?

When you’re planning an overnight visit to one Oklahoma’s parks, you want to factor in the best possible lodging.  Tent camping is an option everywhere, cabins are available in most places, and a few parks have a lodge.  So which should you choose? Lodge Beavers Bend, Lake Murray, Robbers Cave, Roman Nose, and Sequoyah all have lodges, and we have stayed in all of them … Continue reading Lodge, Cabin, or Tent?

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Why Oklahoma?

If you’re a native Oklahoman you’ve heard the following statements, and if you’re not, you’ve probably  made them: “It’s so flat.” “Oklahoma is ugly.” “There’s nothing to do here.” Unfortunately, that’s as far as most outsiders go.  And, to be fair, our great state isn’t much to see from 30,000 feet.  Additionally, Oklahoma City isn’t much for scenery even though it’s a cool place to … Continue reading Why Oklahoma?