Heavener Runestone Park

Unfortunately for you guys (and fortunately for me) in my spare time I’ve been building up a sizable buffer of posts because in a short month and a half after this post gets published, I will be starting my fourth year rotations in vet school. That means a whole lot of excited dancing for me followed by a whole lot of 12 hour days and not much time for playing on the internet. On the other hand, it means you will still have regular posts, at least for a while. When this spring’s posts run out, you’ll most likely be getting posts and updates from the Other Half instead of me.

So, remember way back when, when I said that we were taking the pup and going on vacation? Well, we went on a mini road trip to see a few sights in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

After several hours of driving, we found Heavener, Oklahoma. We proceeded on a harrowing journey through several potholes, past a trailer home park, and across a cow pasture. Yes, it was an exciting journey.

The first place we stopped at was the Heavener Runestone Park, which is a city-run park with a few hiking trails and a big, glassed-in display of what are potentially viking runes like this one:

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That is apparently a ‘d’ for ‘doom’ because as you can see, time has stopped because the hourglass has turned over. Or something like that.

The problem with seeing anything at the park was the creeping fog that encompassed everything in a very quiet blanket that made us feel very alone in the world.

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Well, at least until the train loudly passed by less than half a mile away, totally spoiling the illusion. On the other hand, I was busily convincing the Other Half that something was stalking us through the trees. Perhaps even something as exciting as a bear. Hey, it could happen, just not likely while they’re hibernating. Just don’t tell him that.

Instead, imagine my surprise when we realized something actually was following us.

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A few tiny birds, including this kinglet, flew up to grace us with their presence and antics. To be fair, there were probably other things following us, but it’s not like we could see or hear them through the misty trees.

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Now, the Runestone Park has some exciting things for people who are more interested in natural history than human history, including a small waterfall and an Oklahoma-style cave.

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Why, yes, that is just an overhang and not a cave at all. There’s even a sign talking about how people say it’s a cave but it’s really not. Because that’s what people in Oklahoma do. Argue about what constitutes a cave.

On the other hand, we discovered that the dog’s absolute terror in the face of anything resembling stairs only applies inside buildings.

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Heck, he even wanted to look over the walls at the cliffs. I don’t know where his acrophobia disappeared off to for the trip, but I kinda liked it.

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