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