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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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
I promised in yesterday’s blog post to give you some more
haiku and photos from the Travertine Nature Center in Sulpur, Oklahoma.
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.
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!
Our previous visit was in November 2015, so it was a nice
treat to visit in the spring when everything was newly green.
Travertine Nature Trail
Travertine Creek flows.
sparkling springwater gushes
green rushes flow
blue dragonflies dance
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.
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!