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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.

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

My Current Reading List

I have a tendency to read several books at the same time, usually a mix of fiction and non-fiction.  My current list is no exception, although I have to say, I’m reading a much larger number of books than usual, even for me.

Actively Reading- Non-Fiction:

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer – the title says it all.  It’s a massive book; 574 pages of text, plus the Glossary, Notes, Bibliography, Acknowledgments, and Index, coming to a grand total of 657 pages.  I am finding it quite fascinating.


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Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dryer.  This book was a birthday gift – someone knew how much I enjoy copyediting.  Not only is this informative, but it’s extremely witty. 


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Building the American Republic, Volume 2:  A Narrative History from 1877 by Jane Dailey.  I began reading this two volume set upon the recommendation of my nephew-in-law, who was a Colonial History major in college at the time.  It’s a bit dry, but I learned a lot from the first volume and, since I’m a history nerd, dry isn’t a reason to skip a history book.  Besides, given our current political situation here in the United States, having a better understanding of how we got here isn’t a bad idea, is it?


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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear.  This is a recent bestseller and was recommended to me by several friends.  There’s a lot to digest in this small book, so I am reading small bits at a time, highlighting a lot, and then mulling over what I’ve read.  It’s a book to be read more than once, I believe, to get the full benefit from all the great information.


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Actively Reading – Fiction:

The Isaac Question: Templars and the Secret of the Old Testament (Templars in America #5) by David S. Brody.  I am reading this on my Kindle and it was a free book offered through BookBub, which explains why I’m reading #5 in the series rather than starting with #1.  The author assures the reader, though, that this book works as a stand-alone, which I’ve decided is pretty much the case.  The author also shamelessly promotes his previous books within this book, which is rather different.  The main character, Cameron (Cam) Thorne, seems to be loosely based upon the Brody himself. Cam is an historian and author who writes novels that coincidentally have the same titles and subjects as Brody.  That said, the topic is fascinating, completely rewriting the Old Testament story of Abraham, Moses, Isaac, and Joseph and the span of the Egyptian enslavement and exodus.  I can’t put it down at night, which has led to a few nights short on sleep!


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Not Actively Reading:

Even though I’m not actively reading these, I am not ready to give up on them yet!  I do intend to finish each and every one.

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll (non-fiction).  This book has been life-changing for me.  I devoured the first hundred pages or so back in October 2018, and I then immediately began putting his method into action with my own Bullet Journal, which I now use daily.  Like Atomic Habits, this is a book to hang on to, read and read again, as there is so much useful information to implement that you can’t possibly do it all at once.


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Jeff Gordon:  His Dream, Drive, and Destiny by Joe Garner (non-fiction).  I’ve been working on this book for over a year now.  If you are a Jeff Gordon fan, it’s a must read.  It is an over-sized book, though, and unwieldy to hold, which isn’t really a good reason for not having finished reading it.  I need to pull it back off the shelf!


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Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman.  I own almost all of Dr. Fuhrman’s books and follow (mostly) Eat To Live (ETL), his dietary plan.  Lately I’ve been slip sliding away, so I should pull this one back out and refresh what I already know.  I need to be eating to live, not living to eat.


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8 books, and only 1 fiction.  Wow.  I think that’s a record for me!

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Dallas Arboretum Flowers

As promised, here are a few (a very few!) select flower photographs from my May 4th visit to the Dallas Arboretum.

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Bromeliad growing in the rocks on the sides of a waterfall.
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Water lilies in one of the many pools of water.
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Columbine growing in one of the shady glens.
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Iris in the same shady glen.
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Another beautiful iris.
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Pink yarrow growing in the pollinator garden in the Children’s Area.
I loved all the different colors of yarrow in the children’s area and the pollinators did too!

Now that I have a membership to the Dallas Arboretum, I plan to go more often!

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