Our Location: Natural Falls State Park, Colcord, OK
A nice morning that Riley and I took advantage of to get a little walk in before the predicted rain. It did rain eventually but we were inside by then. Only a couple of miles on an extended walk of the Pine Ridge Trail. This is a trail meant for wheel chairs, older folks with bad balance and young people with strollers and little kids on bicycles. It’s less than a mile long and is all hard top. No big hills, some gentle slopes and easy walking.
|The Pine Ridge Trail goes along here. This is also the bathhouse/storm shelter.|
Riley stopped after a round but I kept going and entered the Bear Paw Trail, doing only a small portion. It’s a rough, humpy, bumpy trail, similar to Fox Den meaning the footing isn’t the greatest and if not careful one could slip. The path is not smooth and in some places is steep. I took a left turn instead of continuing along the trail to the bottom of the ravine and instead came out at the falls once again. I think if Riley is going to do this trail we will start there instead of at the sign indicating the trail beginning.
|For any Lord of the Ring fans, I believe this would make a great party tree.|
A dreary day but a good visit with friends in the late afternoon around a campfire. The Camp Host came by to tell us all of the impending possible bad weather. Hail, high winds, rain, and severe thunderstorms. It would of course happen over night. Riley and I packed a bag just in case we had to go to the storm shelter/bath house. We didn’t use it. The storm ended up being only rain or at least we didn’t hear anything other than rain. I see no downed branches or damage of any kind when I look out the windows. We heard no wind, thunder or hail. The rain came in waves but the storm must have gone around us or at least we didn’t hear it. I heard rain around 3 am and again around 5 am. The temperatures are cooler though. The sky is overcast so we may get more rain today.
|First set of steps the upper falls.|
A call from SIL(sister in law) Janet at bed time had me hearing the news of Dennis’ emergency knee surgery. He developed an infection in his replacement knee. The knee is 10 years old and the infection came on pretty suddenly. They operated, cleaning all of the ‘gunk’ out of the knee, replaced all of the plastic parts and he’s up and about once again. He’ll be on antibiotics for a long time, 6 weeks of infusion antibiotics every day, and then at least a year of oral. Ironically the infusion drugs are finished the day before they catch a plane to fly home to Buttercup Ridge in Roseneath, Ontario. He’s a tough guy though and he’ll be back playing golf before long.
|A much longer set of steps leading down to the lower observation deck.|
So that was our day, not terribly exciting but good for us. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.
|Off to the left of the main falls, there are lots of little water drips.|
Until next time….. take care, be safe,
|The upper falls, so many little water falls.|