The (Not So) Old Frontier: Lake Meredith, Alibates Flint Quarries and Washita Battlefield

Frontier.   It’s one of those geographic and historic terms that evokes so much in the imagination. Cowboys and Indians. Canyons and deserts. In a 21st Century sense it could mean the bottom of the ocean or deep space. Star Trek refers to space as “the final frontier” and Alaska’s state motto is “the last … More The (Not So) Old Frontier: Lake Meredith, Alibates Flint Quarries and Washita Battlefield

Friends That Bathe Together Cure Rheumatism Together! A Weekend At Hot Springs National Park

Living in Oklahoma City, with myself having a full-time job which is currently in the middle of busy season, and Alisha having a job and finishing her last semester of law school, we are often pressed for time. When we do get out its often for a weekend at a time or a trip coincides … More Friends That Bathe Together Cure Rheumatism Together! A Weekend At Hot Springs National Park

Rocky Mountain High

There are 59 national parks in the United States. Most are isolated and have their founding roots from the administration of Franklin Roosevelt onward. Presidents often see national parks as a prestige project, with only two presidents since Theodore Roosevelt choosing not to establish a national park during their terms. Some presidents, like Jimmy Carter … More Rocky Mountain High

NPR: In Oklahoma, A National Park That Got Demoted

About a year ago I posted a trip report about our trip to Turner Falls and Chickasha National Recreation Area. Some of y’all will remember my less than stellar review of Turner Falls but Chickasha was a cool little park with a unique history. This past week NPR posted a great article diving a little … More NPR: In Oklahoma, A National Park That Got Demoted

Secret History of Big Bend National Park

Interesting link to some of the politics and back door deals that bought about Big Bend National Park. When we visited Big Bend this summer the idea of an international peace park seemed common knowledge throughout Big Bend. Regardless it’s interesting to think about what might have been and what actually happened in the 1930’s. … More Secret History of Big Bend National Park

Bangor Daily News: Why a National Park Makes Sense for Maine’s North Woods

A few weeks ago I posted a list of the best potential national parks. On that list was the long rumored/planned/hoped park that would encompass Baxter State Park and preserve tens of thousands of acres of Maine’s north and western woods. This week the Bangor Daily News team published a more in-depth editorial calling for … More Bangor Daily News: Why a National Park Makes Sense for Maine’s North Woods

A Gem in the Middle of Nowhere: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

After the disappointment that we won’t name for our last outing…we will just call it Turner F. (no that’s too obvious…T. Falls)…Whiskette and I were stumped about where to get our outdoors fix. Oklahoma City is more pleasant that I anticipated but when it comes to nearby outdoors sites it pales compared to Austin. Even … More A Gem in the Middle of Nowhere: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge