Where the Red Fern Grows

Return to Natural Falls State Park Spotted Jewelweed-  This flower is also known as Touch-me-not because of its unusual method of seed dispersal.  When the seed pods become ripe, the slightest touch or swift breeze triggers a pop that sends the seeds up to four feet away. Unlike most wildflowers, Jewelweed is an annual, which means its only way…

Maroon Bells: hike to Crater Lake

We got up around 6am to beat the crowd to the popular Maroon Bells hike to Crater Lake driving straight to the trail head.  The gate is closed to car traffic at 8am and reopens at 5pm, so we decided it was best to go early.  The hike was longer than projected, because we got…

Memorial Day Weekend: AR Camping and All Along the Way

We had to stop at Dripping Springs Campground at Natural Falls State Park for a short trek around the creek to view the falls from every angle. Next stop: a quick hike to the check out the bluff   Always stop for some good snake shots We finally made it to Richland Creek about 4.5 hours…

The Boulder Flat Irons

Loving the foliage just near the trail head My camera went dead right before the five mule deer appeared and before reaching the very top of the Flat Irons. This is the last shot before continuing on to the top. Afterwards we checked out the local breweries… I loved Twisted Pine brews. Too bad we…

Natural Falls State Park

This has to be the most beautiful sight Oklahoma has to offer nature lovers such as myself. I could not believe my eyes when I arrived to the falls here at Natural Falls State Park–only about 2 hours from Tulsa–just near the Siloam Springs, AR at the OK/AR state line. There was a very small…

Ojai hike and a day of California culture

Today was a fun yet long and exhausting day…  I started the day out at 7:30am with my new (beans hand delivered yesterday after pre-ordering it Sunday from the farmer’s market!) Organic Peruvian roasted Centri Coffee.  I filled my mug to go, packed a day pack and beach bag,  and headed for the trail head….

Hoary marmot meadow

We saw these big fur balls on our hike at Cascade Pass, but I decided they were saw cute that they deserved their own post.

Cascade Pass hike to Doubtful Lake and up to the glaciers

For the first 3.2 miles of the out-and-back trail, we zigzagged up the switchbacks taking in the soaring mountain vistas across the valley to the mountain pass. We heard a rumble at one point and looked over towards a glacier to witness a truck-sized piece of glacier crack off the main piece tumbling a thousand…

Grinnell Lake in Many Glacier

This is our hike to Grinnell Glacier. At the top stopping point looking out to where the glacier is someone spotted THREE grizzly bears–a sow and her two cubs! They weren’t as close as we would have liked them to be, but we definitely enjoyed watching them play long enough to get nice sunburns on…

Nine mile round trip hike…

…to picnic at Snyder Lake in Glacier on this miniature rock island was definitely well worth our Saturday.  Cyrus accidentally kicked our picnic trash into the water while trying to swat off mozzies, so he had to go wading in the cooold water to catch it and keep from littering.  Minus the aggressive mozzies, it…