|ELS/OCU Trip to the Wichita
November 9, 2013
|We have met many new friends through the
various International Student ministries around Oklahoma City
University. Eric and I decided to do something for the International
Students - wanting to give them a special day they would remember
forever. We decided to organize a trip to the Wichita Mountains
Wildlife Refuge, complete with a hike and a traditional American
cookout. The group was planned for 12 students and three volunteers,
but quickly grew to 26 students and nine volunteers - 35
It was a bit daunting to plan such a trip. However, each time we came up against an obstacle, the Lord provided an answer:
It went on and on like this with each need being met at the right time. Beautiful!
As it goes with student trips, we lost a lot of people in the last 24
hours. The final headcount was 17 students and five volunteers,
making for a much more manageable 21 people. 11 of the students were
Columbian soldiers who are in the USA for a few months for English
language instruction, and one brave Columbian lady who kept all of the
boys in line! (Dinna is engaged to one of the soldiers.) Our
other group members were: Selcuk from Turkey, Mohanad from Iraq,
Isaac (YunLong) from China - Isaac arrived in the USA two days before the
trip!, Rui & David Y, also from China, David W - friend and volunteer
from the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, and D'Angelo - a great friend who
graciously stepped up for van driving duty when we were in a pinch. It was a
great group! We were blessed by perfect weather and truly had a
| Here's a view from the brown van as we head toward Lawton.
| Mt. Scott (OK, so it looks more like a lumpy hill than a mountain. It
USED to be
a very tall mountain but that whole erosion thing came along since then.)
|View from the top||Isaac, David Y, and Rui|
|Isaac, me, Rui, and David W sporting a new set of rabbit ears||Poor Eric was on crutches most of the day, he hurt his knee two weeks prior|
|Boys being boys||More views|
I thought it was neat how you can see this flake in the rock.
|Me & E, it looks like he's squeezing me
too hard but I'm just staring into the sun!
|Isaac exploring the area||D, E, and David Y - Kings of the mountain!|
|Wish I'd have gotten closer for a better shot of the soldiers||Next stop, the Visitor Center. Here we have a stuffed Armadillo.|
Live long-horned steers outside the visitor center
|Stuffed Raccoon and fake fish inside the visitor center|
Live buffalo outside the visitor center. OK, I'll stop with the live/stuffed thing.
|Next came lunch, everyone became VERY helpful at this point!|
|Eric's favorite chair was a favorite with lots of folks!||Mohanad, Selcuk, and Eric - fast friends|
|Oh look, someone else enjoying the comfy chair!||Dinna was the kitchen supervisor, she did a great job!|
| Eric cooked hamburgers on three grills constantly for more
than an hour. These guys can eat some burgers!!
|The chow line forms
|D had to wait with his pre-assembled buns for a LONG time.||That's because everyone else used this "hover" technique.|
|I tried to get him to do an interpretive dance with that flag,
but he would only wave it.
|David W is telling a story that must be hard to believe!
Now it's time to walk off those hamburgers. We did Kite Trail to 40 Foot Hole, then around in a loop.
That last part was not part of the official trail, but we were adventurous!
|Shawnna||Me, David Y, and Mohanad|
|Selcuk, me, Mohanad||The view|
|I think this was Hermes||Rui|
|Crossing the creek||Me & Rui brought up the rear - we were WAY back at this point!|
| Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to hike we go...
(For my foreign friends - that's a joke from the classic Disney movie Snow White)
|Crossing the creek again|
|Let's get a closer look at D's technique here
||One of the soldiers tried to hide and scare Dinna, it takes more
than that to scare this lady! Her fiancÚ was also giving her some
|Jairo, David W, and D'Angelo having a chat after the hike||Scenery|
|My favorite part of the park is the Prairie Dog town!||Action shot - head for the hidey-hole!!|
|Everyone got a picture with the
I can't remember his name! I'm sorry!!
|I don't think this mouse was altogether healthy.
It was not natural the way he just sat there for so long.
Here the boys torment the buffalo. I am SO glad the
buffalo didn't charge them!
D & Mohanad
| This prairie dog is checking out our friend from the
safety of his hole.
|One final look at the prairie dogs before we head to the next stop||Last and final stop - the heart rock. The boys enjoyed scrambling
all over the giant boulders in the area.
|Everyone likes to get their picture taken with the heart rock.|
|Selcuk posed us for this artistic shot|
|We saw this coyote on our way out of the park.||It was a great trip, thanks so much to everyone who went with us!!!|