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

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