Time to catch up on some pictures I've taken recently. These came from this last Saturday and were taken at the Wichita Mountains in between Altus and Lawton, Oklahoma. We started off the day with a hike to the Spanish Cave, a cave we had looked for previously but were unable to find. Distance-wise, it's not that far from where we started, but the terrain is difficult and the cave lies at the base of a canyon. Cowboy boots are good for avoiding rattlesnakes, but not so good for bouldering. Plenty of graffiti in the cave covered up the supposed Spanish markings.
More Wichita Mountains.
Next on the list was an old abandoned tower near a lake. You used to be able to get inside and climb to the top, but now there is a metal door closing off the entrance.
Next up, The Holy City of the Wichitas. This place started as an Easter Passion Play in the Witchita Mountains in 1926 and is currently regarded as the longest running play. At the height of it's popularity, it's estimated over 200,000 people attended the play in the 1930s. Unfortunately, most of the city was closed as they were getting ready for this years play. One of the highlights was a statue of Christ, made of white marble and standing guard over the entire valley.
Plenty of animals to see all day, including bison, wild turkeys, Texas longhorns, prairie dogs, and a snake eating a frog!
A few other interesting sights included this old train car and some windmills out on the Southwestern Oklahoma prairie before we found ourselves in the middle of Nowhere, Oklahoma... literally.
Overall, it was a good start to my four day weekend. Check out more pictures in the Oklahoma album and come back soon for more from the rest of the weekend!