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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. 

Chickasaw National Recreation Area Part Three

This little pool of water was downstream from Antelope Springs.

Travertine Creek

And just around the corner was Buffalo Springs.

direction sign

This spring had a definitely sulphur smell to it.

Buffalo Springs

I tried to get a picture of the water bubbles as they came up from the spring, but failed. It was very cool to see, though!

Buffalo Springs

We followed the trail (and sometimes the creek) back to the Travertine Nature Center.

Travertine Creek

A little ways beyond the nature center was Little Niagara. Having seen the real Niagara Falls, this hardly warranted the name, even with the “little” qualifier!

Little Niagara

I loved the way these leaves pooled along the side downstream from Little Niagara.

autumn leaves in a pool

And then there was a second small falls.

Little Niagara

All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend a November afternoon. I anticipate many more trips up to that area, as there is a lot more to see. More hiking trails, more lake parks, and several Indian cultural attractions.

The only downside to the day was our attempt to find supper at one of the several casinos on the way home. We chose to stop at the large casino on the state line (I won’t mention its name; we don’t intend to ever stop there again!), thinking the buffet there would be decent. The casino is touted as the world’s largest, and we got the grand tour by heading in the wrong direction upon entering. We were both amazed and dismayed at the number of people sitting in front of slot machines; I would be willing to bet we saw at least a thousand people there, if not more. By the time we found the buffet, had endured the noise of the casino floor, the cigarette smoke, and discovered the price of the buffet (it was seafood night), we decided to leave. We drove another 10 minutes into Texas, found a Cracker Barrel, and both had good meals, simple meals, for less than half the price we would have spent at the buffet. We were well pleased with ourselves.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area Part Two

After our hike along the Lake of the Arbuckles, we drove to the Travertine Nature Center. Along the way, we stopped at Bison Viewpoint and saw the buffalo. It was feeding time!

buffalo

bison

The Bison Pasture Trail encircles the pasture where the buffalo stay. Maybe we’ll hike that next time! There are so many hiking trails in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

The Travertine Nature Center, named for the Travertine Creek, had some nice historical and ecological displays, along with the obligatory gift shop.

Travertine Nature Center

It was also the jumping off spot for the Travertine Creek Trail, which included spurs to the Antelope and Buffalo Springs. Antelope Springs is a freshwater spring, and Buffalo Springs is a mineral water spring.

Travertine Center Creek

Travertine Nature Trail

Travertine Creek

Travertine Creek

Antelope Springs

Antelope Springs bubbles forth from this pile of rocks:

Antelope Springs

Antelope Springs

The water was so clear! These weeds were growing just a few feet down the stream from the spring:

green water weeds

green water weeds

The green was so vivid! I could have stood there for hours looking at it.

To Be Continued….