November 16, 2007
Oklahoma turns 100-years-old today. Happy birthday!
For an entire year, cities and towns throughout Oklahoma have held special festivities in honor of the centennial. But, tonight ...
... Statehood Day comes to a spectacular climax with an evening performance featuring a star-studded list of Oklahomans from stage, screen, and concert halls. A Broadway-quality gala employing the latest in lighting, multi-media, and staging will showcase the very best of the state’s long list of celebrities. The once-in-a-lifetime event will also be broadcast across the state on OETA.
Who was there:
Canterbury Choral Society
Gov. Brad Henry
Lauren Nelson (2007)
Jennifer Berry Goodson (2006)
Shawntel Smith Wuerch (1996)
Susan Powell (1981)
Jane Jayroe Gamble (1967)
N. Scott Momaday
Oklahoma City Philharmonic
November 15, 2007
July 05, 2007
The photo below is from on top of Mount Scott (elev. 2464).
December 30, 2006
Talimena Drive runs through the Winding Stair and Ouachita Mountains. The mountains are unique in themselves, as they are a "fold-and-thrust" mountain range ... formed when rocks from the south where shoved hundreds of miles over the rocks in the north. So, basically ... this area was once part of a deep sea floor in Texas and once was as high as the Rocky Mountains. Over time, the mountains have simply eroded away.
Unlike most other mountain ranges in the US, the Ouachitas run east and west rather than north and south. This physical oddity sometimes confuses pilots flying overhead.
These photos are in sequence as taken from driving east to west from Mena to Oklahoma Highway 259. (brochure and map)
September 17, 2006
The digging area is open each year from April 1 through October 15. Each year, a new section of the lake bed is sectioned off for digging. This allows the crytals time to reform.
The Salt Plains is a popular spot ... my advice is to come early in the season to ensure an untouched digging spot.
Note: In April 2007, a Boy Scout digging for crystals uncovered some mysterious vials containing liquid. It turned out to be WWII military Chemical Agent Identification Sets. Crystal digging has been temporarily suspended until the site has been deemed safe.
July 21, 2006
These photos were taken on July 3, 2006, near the road to Goose Island.