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

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

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

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