This past weekend my family had to return to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to finish some family business. While there, we decided to explore as well. After completing what we needed to accomplish on Friday, we decided to check out the Tulsa Zoo located in Mohawk Park. Tulsa Zoo contains lots of green, open spaces, and some extremely interesting architecture. For example the Malayan tigers live in an area made to look like ancient, abandoned temples.
Then there are animals I have never even heard of before like the siamangs.
I was surprised to see komodo dragons.
The intensity of the colors in the American flamingoes never cease to amaze.
Apparently, the rest of my family liked them as well.
The next day, Saturday, we decided to head east through the Cheyenne Nation to visit Natural Falls State Park. If we had known what it is really like, we would have taken a picnic.
The area above where the falls drop off.
Just below the falls another stream enters and then flows down to a lake.
The lake becomes larger as it flows farther. It is a moderate to difficult hike getting to the lake. Fishing is permitted here. This park is also a good place to camp.
While gone, a giant thunderstorm arrived at my house with 8 inches of hail and three inches of rain in a short period. Although the juniper trees look close to normal, most of the deciduous plants were denuded. I have no idea whether they will recover. A few of the small native flowers appear normal. Luckily, my house was not damaged. However, this evening with my grandson’s help I will tackle the drive which is full of about 8 inches, in some places, of dirt, rocks, and gravel. Luckily, after removing the larger rocks, I will get most of it with the tractor bucket and move it back to where it belongs.