December 09, 2007

Icy December - Beauty

This mornings ice storm left beauty and destruction. Here is the beauty:

November 16, 2007

1906 - Oklahoma - 2006

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:

Reba McEntire

Toby Keith

Garth Brooks

Vince Gill

Carrie Underwood

All-American Rejects

Byron Berline

Flaming Lips

Amy Grant

Argus Hamilton

Shirley Jones

Leona Mitchell

Kelli O’Hare

Patti Page

Willard Scott

Blake Shelton

Jimmy Webb

Johnny Bench

Canterbury Choral Society

Nadia Comaneci

Bart Conner

Gov. Brad Henry

Miss Americas:
Lauren Nelson (2007)
Jennifer Berry Goodson (2006)
Shawntel Smith Wuerch (1996)
Susan Powell (1981)
Jane Jayroe Gamble (1967)

N. Scott Momaday

Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Oklahoma City American Spirit Dance Company

Barry Switzer
Oklahoma Centennial Homepage - 1907 - Oklahoma - 2007 - Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular

July 05, 2007

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

The Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful place. Located in southwestern Oklahoma, it is a natural treasure. Within the 59,020 acres of the refuge, you will find bison, longhorn and elk roaming freely. Prairie dogs have their own town and the state's tallest mountain AGL (as measured from above ground level). (FAQ)

The photo below is from on top of Mount Scott (elev. 2464).

While not "in" the refuge, a Meers-burger is a must for the hungry traveler.

The Holy City, home to the annual Prince of Peace Passion Play.

The rocks here are composed of granite,rhyolite, and other igneous rocks of the early or middle Cambrian times. Read here about the age of the mountains. You might just be surprised.

December 30, 2006

Talimena Drive

One knows that you can take Talimena Drive to get from Talihina, Oklahoma to Mena, Arkansas. It's not called Oklahoma State Highway 1 for nothing! The drive is beautiful year round and absolutely outstanding in autumn. However, on this cold and rainy day in December ... it had a certain beauty. The runoff from the rain filled the mountain streams, fog hung in the valleys and low clouds skittered by in the distance.

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)

Old Military Road

Addie the AdventureMouse visited Talimena Drive. (blog)

September 17, 2006

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is where you can dig for selenite crystals. Here, the crystals form in wet soil ... sand and clay particles get trapped inside causing an "hourglass" shape to appear. This unique shape cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

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

Oologah Lake

Oologah Lake is about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa. The lake was created in 1963 when the US Corps of Engineers built a dam on the Verdigris River. The lake has 29,500 surface acres of water and 209 miles of shoreline.

These photos were taken on July 3, 2006, near the road to Goose Island.