Love ❤️ three day weekend adventures!

Monday was a holiday for me and I refuse to sit in the house this time of year! It was abnormally warm at 87° here in Oklahoma. I was hoping to drive south a couple hours to the Ouchita National Forest by the Arkansas border and see the changing leaves on the Talimena National Scenic Byway but I am a couple weeks too early. So my dad told me to check out Cedar Lake down in the valley outside of Talihina.

A small 78 acre lake in a beautiful valley, it is the home of the Oklahoma State Record Largemouth Bass at 14lbs 14oz…  I was hoping to find someone to ride shotgun on my road trip, so I wouldn’t have to go solo. Low and behold my oldest son who just so happens to be on a college fishing team, had finished his classes early and said come pick me up. I was ecstatic, to spend the day fishing with him!

These stairs caught my interest, love the feeling of this photo.  I was very anxious to get my fist look at the lake!

Doubled up on this cast, love catching these little bass with my new ultra light spin cast with 4lb line. It’s a fight every time!

The smell of pine was so strong and lovely!

Gorgeous end to a great day!

Got to make the trek home through a big storm that popped up unexpectedly, but overall a beautiful adventure making wonderful memories with my son. Priceless!

Thanks for reading!

Solemn Hollow

This is My Happy Place, this is where a part of my heart will always be.

My kids ran, played, explored, fished and hunted on this 47 acres on Lake Hudson for eleven years, Two of them came straight from the hospital to call this home.

They learned so much about life and life lessons from the great outdoors here and acquired a love for nature.

This is Spavinaw Creek, the town of Spavinaw Oklahoma is a short drive and is the Birthplace of Mickey Mantle.

Following the Trail of Tears (1839) Eastern Cherokees began arriving in the area. Before the lake was made, they say along the original creek bed that runs next to these bluffs was an Indian Village.

When they would let the water down to make repairs we would find Arrowheads and various artifacts left behind by the Native Americans.

I’ve always found this area to be very beautiful & peaceful, I call it my little piece of heaven.

I have a waterfront subdivision that I developed when I was thirty and named it for the Hollow that runs through it.  Solemn Hollow  Such an appropriate name!

Also I still have a waterfront lot and hope to live there again someday in hopes my kids and future grandchildren can enjoy it and make new memories.

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Thursday Doors: from random travels ~ 9.28.17

This beautiful door is from NYC’s Theological Seminary.

Rogers State University in Claremore OKlahoma was est. in 1909, I have to think this was one of the original doors from that period.

(Home of Will Rogers) Will Rogers

Replica of The Founder of the City of Dallas ~ John Neely Bryan’s cabin, Founders Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Cabin ~ Founder’s Plaza

This red door and red tulips caught my eye while shopping in Tulsa Ok

Doors & Fire-escapes so common and a necessity in NYC.

If you love doors you can check out Norm’s Thursday Door Challenge here.

Happy Thursday everyone!!

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Capulin Volcano National Monument ~ Fall Adventures 9.1.17 Part II

The drive was scenic to say the least, in the distance we could see the cone shaped mountain we thought to be the Volcano. Also we noticed cows grazing all over the beautiful countryside and there we no fences to be seen. I’m not sure how they keep up with their livestock.

Capulin Mountain is 8,182 ft, it was last active 60,000 years ago. It’s also one of the few extinct volcanoes that visitors can walk into.

Beautiful views from the top and a trail that allows you to walk the entire rim of the crater.

This is inside the crater, there is a monument at the bottom and someone is standing there reading it.

As we were leaving the park I snapped this photo, reminded me of Little house on the prairie!

We are off to Raton NM, then we will drive north into Colorado. I will post the day two adventures next. I was anxious to get into the Rockies!

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Sometimes the roads less traveled lead to beautiful destinations ~ Fall Adventures 9.1.17

Two weeks ago today I was driving through Black Mesa State Park & Preserve in the Panhandle of Oklahoma, it is home to Oklahoma’s highest point at 5,705 ft. It is lava formed by a volcanic eruption 3 to 5 million years ago.

It is beautiful, and so not Oklahoma like, more New Mexico like. There are so many mesas throughout, it looks foreign to me. But beautiful country!

There are dinosaur footprints in the preserve also! Dinosaur tracks in Oklahoma kind of hard to see but they are there!

We drove on a wild goose chase out in the middle of no mans land looking for the Tri-State marker and finally found it!

Next we were off to Capulin New Mexico, to see the Volcano. We chose the road less traveled which meant 17 of the 70 miles was dirt roads. Which in this day and age seemed crazy to me! It was the most beautiful drive full of cloudy skies, sunflowers and mesas as far as the eye could see. (Would recommend the drive for sure)

Since you have to drive slower you see more of the country side.

From this to this….

It was definitely gorgeous scenery, Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers and there was an abundance of them.

We will never forget! 🇺🇸

In July I made my first ever trip to New York, at the top of my list of things to do was to see the September 11 Memorial and One World Trade Center.

As I walked the streets of NYC from SoHo towards Lower Manhattan, I began to see in my mind the horrific events that unfolded that unforgettable day.

As I got closer to where the tower stands now, I got an eerie feeling that I was standing where some of the people had to be standing or running away from the area when the towers came down. I could see the billowing clouds of debris coming down the streets like I had seen over and over in the videos that were captured that morning.

I cannot fathom how horrific it must have been to be there and to be running for your life and wondering the fate of co-workers and loved ones.

This was my actual first sight of the Freedom Tower that day as it stands 16 years later.

I am so glad that I was able to see the memorial for myself, I had no idea there were two actual memorials, one where each of the towers stood in the respective buildings footprints.

They were very beautiful and very emotional to see. Each one of the names lost that fateful day inscribed into the marble ledge surrounding the 30 foot waterfalls.

To commemorate the birthdays of the fallen, they place a red carnation in their inscribed names.

The museum was very somber and emotional as well. I had been to the George W. Bush Library in Dallas earlier this year and had been very moved by the Tribute to 9/11. But to actually stand on the grounds in New York brought a whole new set of emotions.

These are some of the photographs I took while there.

These are some of the stairs that took so many to safety.

The beams that took some of the impact of the plane.

The pictures of all the fallen.

The flag with the pictures of the people who lost their lives in the towers in red and the fallen emergency workers in blue.

President Bush’s speech inscribed and all the names of the victims.

Ladder 3

The last column removed with all the emergency workers names or departments inscribed.

Chaplin Mychal Judge’s Prayer.

 

In memory of all that were taken on September 11, 2001.

God please watch over us and keep us safe from evil. 🙏🏼