Black Mesa State Park


When you think of the state of Oklahoma, you might envision one of a very short list of things:

(1) The strange political nature of some of the area’s politicians

(2) Wheat and cattle, flowing over a flatly monotonous expanse

Oklahoma may have both of these things in excess, but it is also a land of surprising diversity. In it is contained a part of the wet and scenic Ozark Plateau, the Arbuckle and Wichita Mountains, the expansive and refractile salt flats in the north, the wet and sticky southeastern swamps, the deciduous forests of the east, and, of course, the plains regions. In the panhandle are plains and desert leading to the highest point in the state: Black Mesa, which stands at almost 5,000 feet elevation on the Oklahoma-New Mexico-Colorado border.

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Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge

On a very early, very cold morning, we packed ourselves up to head somewhere to find some wild creatures. We wound up at Holla Bend (which is the best name ever) about an hour after sunrise.

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A Survey of the Tulsa Zoo

Okay, I’m sure all three of you that read this are probably tired of bugs. Well, fine. As an added bonus, I’ll even stay off the soapbox. It’s pretty hard to stay off of, but if you want the soapbox version I recommend this post instead.

We’ve got some friends in Tulsa that like to go to the zoo, so we joined them for a weekend jaunt. When you first get there, there’s a bridge with a bunch of turtles and buffalo fish, which are like a cross between carp and koi.

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Camping in Kansas

This weekend, the other half and I celebrated the birthday of one of his close friends by going pseudo-camping. Pseudo-camping meant that we all got to stay in a heated cabin with convenient access to the football channels for those who were so inclined. For the rest of us, there was plenty of lawn, so it was easy to convince someone to teach us to play Bocce ball.

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