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Turner Falls Day Trip

On Mother’s Day we drove up into Oklahoma and visited Turner Falls Park.  It’s about an hour and a half trip up I-35 for us, and while the traffic usually sucks a good bit of the way (I-35 traffic is the pits no matter when you drive it), getting out of the city and seeing some country is well worth the trip.

Turner Falls, oklahoma
The main falls

Turner Falls is advertised as Oklahoma’s Largest Waterfall and is owned by the City of Davis.  It’s a very popular destination.  In fact, on peak summer days they actually close the park at times due to the number of visitors they can accept.   We don’t usually go during the busy summer months.

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Honey Creek flows through Turner Falls Park

Honey Creek flows through the park, creating the many falls.  The many natural (& some man-made) pools at Turner Falls Park are very popular swimming holes.  We thought the water was just a tad bit cold, but then we like our swimming water more like bath water!

clear waters of honey creek oklahoma
I love the shimmering greens!

I love this close-up of one of the smaller falls.  Above the falling water you can see the green reflection of the over-hanging trees and below the green is all the algae growing underneath the water.  So cool.

crystal clear waters
Hard to believe you are looking through water.

Look at this – you can’t even tell you are looking through water.  I’m glad our swimming pool doesn’t have this growing in it!

There are many times a year when Turner Falls Park is closed due to high waters.  You have to drive through “low water” crossings twice to travel very far into the park and to the multiple camping areas. 

exposed tree roots
Look at all those roots!

As you can see from these exposed tree roots, the high rushing waters can cause a lot of damage.  Sometimes the park is closed for extensive rebuilding of the roadways and even some of the man-made falls areas after torrential rains.

We have yet to do any actual hiking there. The trails are not built up and it bothers Bill’s knees to walk very far on uneven ground.  But it’s still a pleasant place to go and a good place to take wildflower photos.  I took several, which I will share in the near future.

Travertine Nature Center

I promised in yesterday’s blog post to give you some more haiku and photos from the Travertine Nature Center in Sulpur, Oklahoma.

Travertine Rock sign

We didn’t go into the Nature Center itself this trip, but visited it in the past.  It’s small, but has quite a bit of information about the natural habitat in the area and the animals, fish, etc., that reside there.  The main attraction, though, is the hiking trails and the creek itself.  In the upper end of the creek, where the two springs, Antelope Springs and Buffalo Springs, come bubbling out of the ground, there are wide open easily navigated walking paths and also several side loops that take you over more rugged ground. 

Travertine Creek nature trail

Below the Nature Center, where the creek begins to fall in several areas, creating pools, there are trails on both sides of the creek, along with parking lots and picnic area.  This area was very busy on Sunday – a nice warm sunny day – with families and couples picnicking and frolicking in the water.  I’m sure the water was extremely cold, though – I certainly didn’t test it!

travertine creek falls and swimming area

Our previous visit was in November 2015, so it was a nice treat to visit in the spring when everything was newly green.

newly-green trees and travertine creek

Travertine Nature Trail

winds blow

trees creak

leaves rustle.

birds trill

wildflowers sway

Travertine Creek flows.

Antelope Springs

sparkling springwater gushes

green rushes flow

blue dragonflies dance

green water grasses rushes
blue dragonflies on green water plants

If you are curious about writing haiku, I suggest reading Becoming a Haiku Poet.  As you can see by my above attempts, I’m fairly decent with the “moment of keen perception and perhaps insight into nature or human nature” but have a long ways to go with in creating “a spark of energy” with juxtaposition.  There’s no juxtaposition in my above efforts.   I was too overwhelmed with intense joy in communing with nature at a glorious place and season to contemplate juxtapositions. 

February Goals Wrap-Up

Is it the end of February already?  In addition to February being a short month (only 28 days!), we were traveling 7 days of February, which left only 21 days to tackle an overly-optimistic goals list.  I really needed this year to be a leap year!

In addition to travel, at the February 6th Newsletter Meeting I somehow became the Managing Editor of the DCMGA newsletter, which hasn’t been published since 2011.  This required more meetings and a lot of time spent learning the program chosen to create said newsletter.  This will be a major focus in March, as the first issue is to be sent out to members and the public on April 2.

Goals (or partial goals) accomplished are in green; those undone are in red.

  • Take down & put away the Christmas decorations
  • Work towards finishing the auction/probate legal stuff on my dad’s estate
  • Catch up Quicken to be ready for taxes in March – This will be one of my two major focuses for March
  • Continue regular blogging here on Musings, Mischief, and Mayhem – I don’t consider 4 blog posts in February to be regular blogging.
  • Finish the baby blanket begun for a Master Gardener friend – I’m down to weaving in yarn ends and then I’ll be done.
  • Continue walking – we’ve had a lot of rain, so instead of walking outside, I’ve been using our elliptical regularly.
  • Focus on ETL eating and weight loss – My goal was 100% ETL – no-added sugar, no added oil, no Starbucks – and I succeeded right up to our trip to Paris Texas last weekend. But, I did lose 3 pounds and I did stick to 100% for 22 of 28 days, so I feel pretty darn good about that.  Wait until you see March’s challenge!
  • Focus on using my standing desk more, rather than sitting in the living room when using the computer – it will be much better for my back. – Success here, using the desk more. And between chiropractor visits and using the elliptical, my back is much improved.
  • Start a new blog for book reviews – set up my name website, find a new theme to use
  • Clean up the yard & gardens as weather permits
  • Come up with an outline of gardening projects and timelines for 2018
  • Decide how the hallway side of the new bonus room wall will be finished – paint, mural, photographs, decals, etc.
  • Do one picture project

 

These last items were low on the list, so I’m not surprised that none were accomplished or even started!  February was the third wettest February on record here in DFW (we’re up to 12+ inches here at the house and it rained again today), so any outside work was problematic.  The only gardening I did was digging up some daffodil clumps that were coming up in the yard and moving them to a flower bed.  One of those bloomed this morning!

 

My March goals list is going to be short and sweet.  Priorities, baby!

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