Hello, my friends!
I’m so excited to start sharing some of the TONS of photos I took on our recent vacation. For years, my family has had the goal to visit at all the 48 contiguous United States, and now we can check that off the bucket list. This time we went through south/southwest states like Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Lousiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. We rented a motorhome and spent most of the time just driving, but we also made some super neat stops, like New Orleans, a foggy beach, gorgeous scenic overlooks and trails, the Silos at Waco, a random prairie dog town, and lots of other fun stuff.
I have waaaay too many photos to fit in one post, so I’m gonna make this into a series, okay? Today I’ll start with some Oklahoma photos. I loved how different the scenery looked there from where I live! We went on a beautiful hike and also stopped at the edge of the road to see buffalo, prairie dogs, and a Texas longhorn cow.
Alright, enough explaining what we did. Let me just show you!
First up, we have a photos taken in or through the window of the camper. I discovered that golden hour is gorgeous in Oklahoma too. 😀
My siblings and I read a LOT on this trip, my goodness. I love this picture. ❤
Here’s a classic rearview mirror road trip photo…
And a sunset through the windshield. ❤
Okay, now we’re ready for the next day, I think! I honestly don’t remember what day any of this was – it’s hard to keep track of time on vacation. XD But anyway, we’re still driving through Oklahoma at this point.
I wouldn’t want to live here, but oh my, I absolutely loved seeing the simplicity and colors of these landscapes! Isn’t there something so aesthetic about this blue sky and rust-colored grass and winding road? I want to paint it!
We passed a sports car stopped on the side of the road in the middle of the wilderness. Doesn’t it remind you of some scene in a movie?
By the way, you guys are welcome to use any of these photos as desktop wallpapers if you want! I was going to change mine, but I still love the astrophotography shot I currently have, so… I’ll just post them instead. 😉
We wondered what the scenery would look like in summer, since we came in February and it looked pretty brown. It doesn’t strike me as a very changeable landscape, though, except for the few trees. Any of you guys live in Oklahoma?? Does it look a lot different in summer than in these pictures?
We stopped to hike a trail… somewhere in OK. (We made several jokes about the state abbreviation, believe me.) We left cold weather behind us when we went on vacation, so the summer/spring temperatures felt AMAZING.
We all tried to capture the scale of everything around us, but… cameras don’t work as well as eyes. They just don’t.
The weird thing was, although it was almost too warm for comfort outside, the river was mostly frozen.
Yay, and here’s the view at the end of the hike! (Well, as far as we went, anyway.) It looked way more impressive in person, but it’s still pretty in a picture.
This picture reminds me of an agate slice or some precious stone, with the stripes of sun and shadow and turquoise water.
We decided to take a family picture with the view in the background, but… to do that we had to squint into the sun, which does NOT make for a good portrait. Hehe. Oh well, you can sort of still see our faces. 😛
The trail was perfect for getting out pent-up energy because you kinda had to jump and climb over huge boulders like this. Don’t they look so neat?
I was rather surprised to see this fuzzy moss growing in a bit of shade because everything else was so dry-looking.
(Wow my captions are rather short and boring today, aren’t they? Hehe, apologies.) Anyway, thus ended our brief expedition. Now, back to the camper…
More aesthetic Oklahoma driving!
The next stop was at a parking lot by the road, to see a prairie dog town.
We didn’t realize there was a whole town on the other side of the road at first, so a few of us went over to watch one little prairie dog all by itself.
I think he had seen many tourists in his time, because this little guy was unperturbed by us crowding around his hole and taking pictures. He just sat there and stared at us.
I’m sure they’re probably pests like groundhogs are where I live, but when you’re not used to seeing them, prairie dogs are so amusing to watch.
This one was posing for Dad and I. We’d take a few pictures and then he’d turn around or stand at a different angle for us to take more. :’D
Before we left, I noticed a Texas Longhorn coming down the path in the distance! I LOVE THIS PICTURE.
We have seen plenty of cows, of course, but it was quite fun to see one with such huge, curved horns.
I mean, wouldn’t that feel a little top-heavy?? Hehe.
She kept getting closer and closer and eventually we were like… hmm, maybe we should, uh, let her get back to her life… So we turned around and walked back outside the fence. XD
Once again, the weather was beautiful but there was a random pile of snow to one side. Weird. So, of course Megan and I jumped in it to clean off our dusty bare feet…
A little further down the road, we saw buffalo out the window! They look so ancient and fierce and scruffy. HAHA. That’s an odd combination of adjectives, but… it fits, doesn’t it?
And… that’s it for my photos of Oklahoma! Next up, we went to Texas: stay tuned for the most beautiful view and a visit to the Magnolia Silos. I’ll leave you with one more pretty blue-sky landscape before I go. ❤
I hope you guys enjoyed the first edition my little travel journal series! I had so much fun taking and editing these pictures, and I can’t wait to post the rest and write down the fun and funny memories we made. Oklahoma was beautiful but I don’t have many interesting stories from this part of the trip. You’ll have to wait ’til later for those. 😉 Until then…
Have you traveled in an RV before? Which would you be most excited to see: buffalo, prairie dogs, or Texas longhorns?
Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited in Lightroom.