An Afternoon on the Beach | Keystone Lake | Appalachian Bay

We found another fun spot to visit on the way home from the Ancient Forest it is called Appalachian Bay on Keystone Lake.  I can only imagine that it would be wall to wall people during the summer but a 60 degree windy overcast smoky day we were the only souls there.  Which is just how we like it.

The kids haven't been to a beach since last summers road trip to Florida so this was fun for them to see the sand with some white capped waves rolling in off the lake.
They all loved it but this one was over the moon!  We stopped her just short of making snow angels in the sand :)
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay
He was more into the splash than the skip of the rock.
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay
Then we practiced our letter formations.  She is working on her last name in preK and I think she did great!
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay
The benefit of teaching your kids how to use your camera is that occasionally you can get in a picture with your main squeeze ;)  Love this guy!
Oklahoma Sandy Beach at Keystone Lake Appalachian Bay












Keystone Ancient Forest | Family Adventure Days

It's early March and we are done with wrestling tournaments so our Saturdays are now free again.  We didn't have a plan for the day so as we sat on the couch Saturday morning and realized the kids were going to drive us nuts if we didn't get them out and about somewhere.

We looked up a few local hiking places and found this gem the Keystone Ancient Forest.  It has "special" hours so make sure you look them up before you head that way.  They are only open to hiking it seems on some Saturdays from 8-2pm.

The kids LOVE hiking! We are hoping to take them hiking some in Colorado this summer.  So this is great practice!
Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
This sweet boy carried his bird guide the whole way and never saw one bird.  In fact we didn't see any live animals but with the noise we made I'm not surprised!
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
The volunteers that run Keystone Ancient Forest sit at the trailhead and have quite a few things to show the hikers.  They have lots of paw prints, pictures of animals found in the forest, and other interesting things found in this forest.  Each of the kids got to bring home a tree ring to count the age of the tree.
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma
And we did it!  A family picture and everyone is looking at the camera!!!  Yay us! :)
Family Hike in Ancient Forest Keystone, Oklahoma




















  

A February Walk | Natural Falls State Park | Waterfall

What to do on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in February?  Go on a hike.  It's been awhile since we took the kids out to explore.  Funny how they remember things; Savannah grabbed a net and Luke grabbed a bucket.  

 I love seeing waterfalls.  I love them.  The kids liked it but not really impressed.  Luke was ready to go fishing in that water.
Not sure how safe that rail is for this little one...
 Man I love this guy!  And that water is crystal clear!
 Savannah is a great fish catcher!  She only caught tiny minnows but Luke was delighted!
After the fish were in that bucket Luke's head never looked up and we went on the slowest walk EVER!


















Christmas Lights at Rhema

One of the best traditions during the Christmas season is going to walk around the millions of lights covering the grounds of Rhema Bible College.  We lucked out this year with a lovely "warm" evening around 47degrees! Although crowded it is always a breathtaking view looks at the sea of lights! 


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