Skywatch Friday – Turkey Mountain Hike


The other day I went to my yoga class and decided that I wanted to go hiking or walking so I went to Turkey Mountain here in Tulsa.


I parked in the lower lot, which I hardly ever do, and took the Red Trail which is kind of short. It has been a long time I have been on it. I was looking for just two miles or so. It was hot and humid.

About a quarter mile in on the trail I came across this electric cord strung across the trail. I have no idea why it was there. I hope somebody wasn’t trying to injure somebody. It was too high for a runner or walker but somebody on a horse could be injured or a bicyclist maybe sitting up. So I sent in the lat langs and the photo to the RiverParks office for them to take a look at it. I didn’t have any way of cutting it down. I have no idea why anybody would do such a dangerous thing.


At the bottom of the Red Trail it was pretty muddy.


And then you finish the Red Trail by going up to the parking lot on the paved trail. That was only about a mile so I wanted one more so I headed out on the Yellow Trail to get some extra distance.

RiverParks has put in a new selfie station on the trail. So here I am. Older, fatter, balder, and dumber than the last time you saw me.

I went out on an overlook I had never been on before and explored briefly a couple trails I had never been on. I could have sworn I have been on them all.

So here are my wibbly wobbly wanderings. No, I was not drunk!! I was pretty sweaty.

And from an earlier evening, a drone shot of the sunset from about 30 meters over our back yard.

And a morning skywatch shot from ground level.

And from three years ago plus or minus. A drilling rig in the STACK play of Oklahoma. The fracking vendor was setting up his frack tanks and positioning the pumps in preparation of fracking the well. You can see the green pipes laying on the ground. The gas gatherer is building their pipeline to the well pad. The well is fracked over a day or so and then they flow the water back from the well into tanks and then the gatherer takes the gas as soon as it is available. If the gatherer is a day late, the economic loss is permanent because you can’t flow twice as much the next day. So lots of pressure to get the timing right right on everything. Despite all that it was a pretty summer day in Oklahoma with beautiful clouds.

I hope that everybody is having a good week.

I’m linking with Skywatch Friday.

16 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Turkey Mountain Hike

  1. Barb

    I was completely stopped at hot and humid. I admire you for getting out there. Someone put a rope across a downhill portion on a single track bike race held here a few years ago and badly injured the lead biker. Luckily, that blue cord is easily visible.

  2. Nancy Chan

    I hope someone from the office will quickly look into your report concerning the electric cord before someone gets hurt. Nice selfie of you and you do look trim. Beautiful sky shots. Have a great weekend.

  3. Alana

    “Hot and humid” I’ve done that but not too willingly. The mud would have stopped me – I have balance issues and a slide in the mud is not fun when you get to that “certain age”. I can buy into balder and older, but not dumb. Certainly not when you describe the fracking process so professionally.

  4. Candace Uhlmeyer

    Great looking trails. I checked to see if there was decent camping nearby (we’re always looking for short-range trips out of north Texas), but it doesn’t look like it. Glad you have local access to a place like this, though. And nice shots! Also, thanks for visiting the Farm, and for doing your own mowing. We’ve got battery-electric job that’s very quiet, so don’t feel at all guilty for taking care of our patch.

  5. Vicki

    Love your photos!

    You are not older, fatter, balder, or dumber, you look just fine!

    When my family members go shopping with me they know to expect my wibbly wobbly wanderings. I get a lot of steps in that way 🙂

    I’m glad you reported the blue cord, someone could get seriously injured from that. I hope you find out why it was there. Curious minds want to know.

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Joyful

    I would enjoy hiking along the woody trail. It’s so pretty and shaded from direct sunlight. Your sky shots are fab.

  7. JM Illinois U.S.A.

    Greetings and Salutations! Yoga classes, hiking, you are taking good care of yourself. Keep it up! Nice pictures of the hiking trail. Glad you reported that line across the hiking trail so somebody does not get hurt.

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