Wichita Mountains – Forty-Foot Hole

One of the best “non-mountain” hikes in the Wichitas is found in the Dog Run Hollow trail system.  The Kite Trail starts at the Lost Lake picnic area and skirts a canyon that grows deeper and deeper until it is roughly (you guessed it) forty feet deep. Forty-foot Hole is one of those places that I like to show to first-time visitors.  The trail runs … Continue reading Wichita Mountains – Forty-Foot Hole

Fall Road Trip, Part III: Chickasaw National Recreation Area

After visiting Turner Falls Park and Lake Murray State Park, we jumped on I-35 and headed back north to Davis, OK. There are a few restaurants in Oklahoma that I will not miss if I’m in the area, and Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch and RV Park is at the top of the list.  To be honest, I don’t want to delve too deeply into our … Continue reading Fall Road Trip, Part III: Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Fall Road Trip, Part II: Lake Murray State Park

After an enjoyable afternoon at Turner Falls Park, the wife and I headed south over the mountains to beautiful Lake Murray.  It had been a few years since our last visit, so we were blown away by the newly-renovated lodge.  The lodge at Roman Nose has undergone similar revitalization, but on a smaller scale.  We love the improvements! Just like last time, we elected to … Continue reading Fall Road Trip, Part II: Lake Murray State Park

Fall Road Trip, Part I: Turner Falls Park

Our fifth anniversary came and went with little fanfare, as we juggled our small children and the home buying process.  Finally, in October, we found enough breathing room to drop the kids off with the grandparents and we headed south on I-35. Our destination was Lake Murray State Park, but we stopped at Turner Falls Park along the way.  Named for the numerous waterfalls of … Continue reading Fall Road Trip, Part I: Turner Falls Park

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