Quick Hit–Hugo Lake and Raymond Gary State Parks

As part of our quest to complete our family state parks project, we dropped by a couple of smaller state parks in far southeastern Oklahoma.  We were staying at Beavers Bend, and stopped in at Hugo Lake and Raymond Gary State Parks on our way back from the Endangered Ark Foundation (more info on that in a future post).  Here’s a quick run-down of our … Continue reading Quick Hit–Hugo Lake and Raymond Gary State Parks

The Oklahoma Traveller hits Instagram

So there’s this new app called Instagram! *sarcasm* Anyway, the Traveller blog is now on Instagram, where you can get all the outdoor content you and your mobile device can handle. Check out okietraveller on instagram, where you can see my favorite pics, as well as sneak previews to future blog content. Watch out for a post on today’s unique outdoor experience, and thanks in … Continue reading The Oklahoma Traveller hits Instagram

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

Osage Hills State Park

For many years, Pawhuska, Oklahoma was associated with the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (that is, if you had even heard of Pawhuska).  Now, it is has been made famous by the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, which is some kind of cooking and home decor Mecca for every woman I’ve ever known.  Pawhuska is also the Osage County seat, and the headquarters of the Osage Nation.  As the … Continue reading Osage Hills State Park

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