|Wichita Mountains Outing
|On a particularly warm day in February, we
decided to go to the Wichita Mountains for some hiking, rock climbing, and
sight-seeing. Eric, Buddy and I were joined by our friends Eric H.,
as well as our Taiwanese buddies Mavis & Yen, who are always ready for
an adventure. It was a very nice day and a good experience for
Eric, setting up the anchor for top-rope climbing.
|Hitting the trail. (It was a very short hike!)|
It takes a lot of gear to climb a rock!
|Mavis is awesome at group selfies!|
The view to the left was the stream below. Buddy was so happy to be out in nature!
|The view to our right was this nice waterfall area.|
|Buddy, master of all that he surveys.||Also, Buddy is in charge of watching out for Eric to make sure he stays safe.|
Mavis & Yen, enjoying nature.
|Here I catch a goofy grin on Buddy's face - he loves rock climbing just like the Erics do!|
Here's Buddy, immediately after he fell into the water. He ran over
to Eric's back pack
|Eric doesn't like me to take pictures of him on top-rope, so I'm only sharing one.|
Doing a little exploring with Mavis & Yen
|Buddy still growls at Mavis when she pets him, but only for a little while - then she wins him over!|
|Guarding the gear||Eric, finding a comfy way to belay.|
|Eric H is so flexible that he doesn't even realize he does these crazy moves sometimes.||Buddy, getting ready to recross the area where he just fell in a little while ago.|
|Yen making his first rock climb.||I love to catch that, "I can't believe I'm still alive" smile that everyone gets after their first climb!|
|Mavis on her first climb, she was fierce!||Pausing to take a look at the view, and rest her hands a bit.|
|There's her "happy to be alive" smile, it's a good one!||Eric & Mavis, rock climbers.|
|Next we did some sight-seeing, which always has to include the Prairie Dog Town.||We also saw some buffalo grazing around.|
| Unfortunately, I could get the settings right on my camera to get the
shot I wanted.
Just trust me, that's a buffalo behind them!
|Visitor center in evening light|
|One last shot at the visitor center before we take our tired selves back to OKC.|