A week ago, we went to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. It was about a three hour drive from our place to this sanctuary in our neighboring state of Oklahoma. We spent a night there and did many hikes over two days.
The pleasant weather and the flower filled trails made it a fun trip. Not to mention the bison roaming around freely, the longhorn cattle grazing with abandon, the prairie dogs going about their life in peace, reptiles such as the collared lizard running around sunning themselves, many a bird chirping along happily, and butterflies fluttering by merrily. It is an idyllic place that we have been to before, but this is the first time we have done it over a couple of days.
The mountains are not too tall, and we were able to drive up Mount Scott to get a bird’s eye view of the area. We also visited a dam across the Quanah Parker Lake. This also gave our son a chance to road cruise the place in his quest to study the reptilian fauna.
In the whispers of nature, I find silence. In the chirping of birds, I hear music. In the gurgle of streams, I hear rhythm. In the smell of the woods, I fill my senses… and lose myself! In losing self so, I hope to find myself.
An afternoon spent hiking with wild abandon at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). With abundant wild flowers and trees, and herps and birds that my son found and identified … there were moments of zen!