Two Days of Trout Fishing

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, with family, football, and loads of turkey and ham. It’s hard to beat a day when you gather and reflect on the blessings of our Creator. In 2016, I added a new tradition to the holiday: trout fishing. Last year, I landed a couple on the day before Thanksgiving, and this year I expanded my schedule to include … Continue reading Two Days of Trout Fishing

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

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