Ryan Eller here. This month we are getting out of the box and debuting a day trip to the beautiful Wichita Mountains. If you’ve never taken a trip to this part of our state, I recommend going during the Fall time when the leaves have changed colors. It’s absolutely breathtaking.
This last weekend, my family and I decided to take a spontaneous trip. We reached out to our best friends and invited them on this unknowing adventure we were about to embark on. We threw around a couple of ideas and finally settled on somewhere none of us had been before, the Wichita Mountains Refuge near Lawton, OK.
Upon our arrival, we first stopped off in Medicine Park, which is just outside of the mountain refuge area. Medicine Park is this quaint little town that’s streets are lined with little shops and cafes. Our original intent was finding somewhere for the kids to swim and Medicine Park had just what we were looking for. However, it was still early in the day so we decided to head in the mountains and do our exploring before we got wet.
The drive into the refuge was such a beautiful sight. To our surprise as we drove through the winding roads, we quickly saw Oklahoma Bison roaming the land. What a majestic animal they are. There was no fence or barrier keeping them in. It was a true showing of God’s beauty in his creatures that he placed on this earth.
We then were ready to take our trek up Mount Scott. We drove up the three-mile paved road to the top of the summit and took in some of the most breathtaking views. There were hiking trails, as well as some rock views for some great photo opportunities. The kids just got a kick out of the drive up to the top as we had a clear view over the side of the mountain.
From there, we drove back down to ground level and found a perfect picnic spot to enjoy our snacks. The Refuge has a multitude of areas for camping and picnics. Just make sure you stay on the lookout for those “wild” bison and longhorns.
After eating, we made stop at, “The Holy City”. The Holy City is home to North America’s longest running Easter Pageant. Each year, they put on a show telling the story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Along with the pageant buildings, The Holy City offers a gift shop, chapel, and museum.
Finally, we headed back to Medicine Park to enjoy the watering hole. This was really neat for the kids, There was a little area that was shallow enough for them to stand or they could take a swim out to the larger section. We finished up our day at the Riverside Cafe in Medicine Park. The food was fantastic. There was live music and people just enjoying life. It was a perfect ending to our action-packed, unplanned day in the Wichita Mountains.
Is this a great state or what?
‘Til next time
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