Bison! Longhorns! Prairie Dogs! Oh my! We didn’t see any wizard but The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge holds a magic all its own! This past weekend Taylor, her boyfriend, and puppy, Jake, spent the weekend adventuring and experiencing the Refuge… Our adventure started early Saturday Morning. We packed up the Subaru, Preston--- yes we named our car Preston—and hit the road! It was a 3 ½ hour ride to the refuge but time flew by with my best buds. Our first stop? Camp Doris. Camp Doris is where we set up camp for the night. A tent site will cost you $10 for one night, a steal by camping fee standards! Even better is that Camp Doris is located within the State Park, so you’re already in prime position for adventuring. After setting up camp we decided to spend out afternoon exploring a local town, Medicine Park. Upon arrival we had a choice, we could pay $2 dollars and go dippin’ (dippin’ --- California slang for swimming) in the local watering hole or head to Park Tavern for a cold one. One guess what we chose? After the long ride, we could certainly use a beer. And it proved a good choice as we got to talk to some folks who grew up in Medicine Park. This local small Southern town had some of the friendliest folks around, almost everyone we passed said Hi! After a beer, we headed next door for some food before heading back to camp.
Sunset was quickly approaching and dusk is one of the best times to spot the animals, so we hopped in Preston and made our way around the refuge. The Refuge doesn’t have too many trails to hike on, only about 15 miles worth, so we decided to stick with the car and drive around the park instead (better to get away from charging bison, just kidding). But seeing the animals in their natural habitat was amazing. A bison literally walked five feet in front of our car, all while Jake growled at the animals in the back seat…
The evening was filled with a warm campfire in my favorite Fall Southerndoe gear. Side note: Camp Doris is a dry campsite be prepared to wash your s’mores down with some soda instead of a beer.
We had one more stop in the morning before we headed back to Dallas, and that was a drive up Mount Scott. You can walk up the Mountain, but with a dog that darts at every smell, driving was the right choice for us. The view from the top was gorgeous and something I’ll never forget… We had an amazing weekend filled with animals and fun! If you’re in the area and are looking for an easy going camping trip, head to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge!