One of the benefits of central Oklahoma is that we have some radically different ecosystems within a reasonable drive time.
The Wichita Mountains are 1 1/2 hours to our southwest. Located near the City of Lawton and an active Army base, Fort Sill, the Wichitas have a rich history and has been a favorite of ours for several years.
We got up on January 2nd, loaded up the kayaks and got on the road.
After a coffee stop, we arrived at the refuge and drove to Burford Lake.
We put the kayaks in and paddled around for a bit. I fished some but had no luck.
After a short paddle, we wanted to take advantage of a warm day and get some hiking in. We continued south from Lake Burford on Lost Lake Road, then decided to hike a combination of the Kite and Buffalo Trails.
You come around a really cool lake with a cobblestone dam.
The cool part was walking across the spillway to get back to the Kite trail. At six feet across with a 40 foot drop on one side it was a cool visual.