Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Outdoor Summer Activities - Take a Hike

(for the June 9th etsyblogger's carnival)

Begin your summer by getting outside on June 7th for National Trails Day 2008, currently celebrating its 16th year. Check out the American Hiking Society web page, and see how you can become a member today.

I couldn't be happier staying around my neck of the woods, and enjoying the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, in southwest Oklahoma.

I know, people from the Rockies laugh when I call the Wichitas "mountains," but they should be respectful, seeing that the Wichitas are ranked among the oldest mountain ranges on earth. They were formed about 500 million years ago when stratified layers of eroded silt were deposited. Through the ages, climatic forces have chiseled the mountains down, leaving some breath-taking sights.

I want to tell you, the Wichita Mountains is a favorite destination in southwest Oklahoma for locals and tourists alike. They offer opportunities for rappelling and rock climbing - personally, not for me. I like to keep my boots on the ground and enjoy the hiking trails.

The roads through the mountains are great for taking in the scenery by car, or on a bike. If you get to the refuge, take a drive up to the top of Mt Scott, which rises 2,464 feet above sea level. There's a great view of the lake and the surrounding countryside.

I love looking at the wildflowers and trees in the Wichitas, though I can't remember any of their names. And the wildlife. Whether you run into bison, longhorn cattle, prairie dogs, or eagles, it's always breathtaking and surprising. And, of course, we can't deny there's buried Spanish treasure out there!


Mama Z said...

Beautiful pictures! I love hiking and didn't know about national hike day!

Lily - Tulip's Talking from the said...

I agree w/Mama Z...I didn't know there was a national hike day either!

Love looking at pictures from around the US, places I have never been but may someday go.

Isn't America really "The Beautiful"!

storybeader said...

I didn't know about National Hiking Day either - "fell upon it" as usual, on the internet.

Brigid said...

That's cool, Deb. We were planning a day trip for June 7 anyway -- maybe we'll hit a state park that day, too.

(I'm linking your blog to mine, by the way.)

SugarLoveHoney said...

I love hiking too...though it's been a long time! enjoyed the pics :)

Andrea said...

I also did not know about national hike day. I think I'll have to take the kids to the state park for a hike that day! Lovely pictures!

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

Figures I'd have to work on National Hike Day :(

Great pictures, and your Oklahoma mountains sound just fine, and look beautiful!

Nora said...

wow, nice pictures! I like the third one from the top. Very picturesque! Wish I was there! :D

Serendipity Collections said...

Breathtaking pictures. Thanks for the great post!


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