My latest work trip took my staff and me across the Texas border and into Oklahoma. Working on our newest YouTube show, we’re focusing on the outdoors and what students can do in the Wichita Mountains.
You would think going in the Winter when all the plant life is dead would be the worst time, but the place was gorgeous, including an overcast sky that had the clouds surrounding the mountains.
The only bad part about the day was the rain that was off and on throughout the day. We had covers on the cameras, but that doesn’t make it easy trying to hike the terrain and keeping your balance on a cold and slippery day. So I kept my ISO high and had shutter speed quick. The pictures were worth it.
We even had some fun in the mountains trying to pull off our best Frozen 2 echoes from these cliffs.
Some hikers nearby heard the call and echoed back, and it was awesome. We didn’t expect it, and it just made our day better.
You can see in these pictures, the clouds were either on top of the mountains or covering parts of it. We climbed quite a bit and went through multiple trails.
The Wichita Mountains is also a Wildlife Refuge with buffalo, longhorn, deer, elk, and a lot of other animals that make this place their home. Since it was a cold day and raining, we barely saw animals. Except for one longhorn, most of them were taking shelter. There is grazing land for the animals to roam and places to hike all over the mountains. We were just happy not to see any rattlesnakes.
We climbed all over the place, including hiking on the sides of rocks, trying to look for the local waterfalls. My student assistants are in the picture above and are the hosts of YouTube shows. They also help me in running the university social media. I couldn’t do all of this without all of them.
The picture above was a good mile of hiking through brush and rocks to find this place where the river was running. We picked the right time when the brush was still low before Spring hits to hike this trail.
We also visited the Holy City, a place in the mountains that is home to an annual Easter play that is one of the biggest shows in the area. The place has a castle feel to it. The place is also home to a chapel with Sunday services.
This room was probably my favorite from the area because of the character it had. The place has seen some better days, but it still is a solemn place for people to pray and reflect.
We ended the trip with a visit to Meers, a restaurant at the bottom of the Wichita Mountains. The place is known for their burgers.
The Meers Burger is a lot of meat and a lot of bread, and a lot of everything served on a silver platter. The burger was great, and the atmosphere was fun. Just remember to bring cash. The place is part of an old post office that was converted into a restaurant. It has the Americano decor throughout the place, including a roof full of license plates from all over the country.
If you’re visiting the Oklahoma area near Lawton, make a stop at the Wichita Mountains. It’s free to explore the wildlife refuge, and it’s well worth it too!