2024 New Year’s Day Family Hike

After our recent post Christmas trip to Colorado Springs to see family, we felt the need to get outside and walk a little bit so we ventured up to the North Woods segment of the Tulsa’s Oxley Nature Center to get a couple miles of fresh air and sunshine.

It was a great day. Cool, sunny, and very little wind. The North Woods loop is very pedestrian friendly, flat, no rocks, and no bicycles allowed. We did encounter a couple of friendly bikers. I wasn’t even irritated. The ground was solid so they were not messing up the trail and they were good natured and there were only two of them.

I brought my “good” camera with the 300 mm lens hoping I would see some birds or other critters. I saw flashes of birds and birds way up high, and birds in very thick underbrush. I saw a group of four or five deer running parallel to us about a 100 yards away, but no, no photos on the trail. I got some grainy duck photos of waterfowl on a pond. I will post them tomorrow on my Saturday’s Critters post.

Very rarely do we I see anybody on this particular trail but we saw four or five groups on our outing. That was okay. Lots of room for everybody still.

Captured some fungi images! They are easy, they don’t hide.

A good time was had by all!!

I am linking up with Skywatch Friday and My Corner of the World.

22 thoughts on “2024 New Year’s Day Family Hike

  1. kathy drissel

    Beautiful. I had a very similar walk today in my area of Southern New Jersey. The sky was the same bright blue, and I enjoyed seeing amid the bare branches of the trees sights that are usually hidden. Winter does have its rewards.

  2. Carol

    It’s so nice when the whole family goes for a walk, especially at the start of the year. Wishing you happiness and health in 2024!

  3. Peter B.

    Looks like a perfect day for a family hike. I’ve found that when I take the telephoto lens with me on a hike, I don’t need it, and when I don’t take it, I need it. Exasperating!

  4. Eileen

    A family hike is a great way to start the new year. Hubby and I also took a hike that day.
    Nice shots of the trail, trees and fungi. BTW, I like the WHOA sign on the Skywatch meme.
    Take care, have a great day and a happy weekend.

  5. Alana

    Oh that blue sky! I just couldn’t get enough. Nice scenery even if the birds are scarce – it’s that time of year, after all. It would be so nice to have a walking path without bikes or just a couple. The problem on one of the trails (a rail trail) we use (paved) to exercise walk is that now some people are using electrobikes with no warning bell sounded as they get close to you. The path parallels a major parkway and I’ve seen at least one of these people with a DoorDash backpack on. It almost makes me long for the days we shared the path with pedaled bicycles and roller blades.

  6. Lisa

    Looks like a fun time. It also looks cold. I love fungi and getting pictures of them! Oh, I don’t mean I love them as food, never that.

  7. Isabella

    Better frozen than flooded. Looks like a wonderful walk on a sunny cold day. Great start to 2024. All my best wishes to you and yours, Dan.

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