Oklahoma's Sequoias - Keystone Ancient Forest in Osage County

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X County Travelers @xcountytravelersOctober 2018 · 3 min read

The 2018 fall colors are happening early in 2018 and we decided a hike in the Keystone Ancient Forest near Sand Springs, Oklahoma, in Osage County, was a good way to view it. This 1,300-acre nature preserve is filled with ancient trees that range from 300-500 years old. These trees may not be as tall as the Sequoias in California, but they are the oldest trees we have here in Oklahoma. Here you can see what the Osage/Flint Hills area looked like before civilization took over.

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Scott got as close as he could to take this one and get the amazing yellow color.


We also took a moment and shared how to use the walking sticks we use to help take some of the stress off of our hands, backs, and knees. It was a quick "how-to" but we both think it shows the details clearly and simply to help you understand the trick we use.

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A view from 1051 feet above sea level looking over Keystone lake; photo taken by Scott.

This forest is managed by the Nature Conservancy. They only allow guests to come hike on specific days each month. This helps to keep down damage to the location and it definitely makes it a spot people are curious about. Here you will find Blackjack and Post Oak trees, plenty of wildlife such as bobcats, deer and many birds. I look forward to visiting this site again in another season so I can appreciate out geography history.


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There are 3,144 counties in the United States and we are going to do our best to collect them all. We started traveling in 2013 and over the past couple of years, we decided the best way to see our world would be to do it one county at a time. If you are interested in seeing more about our travels, you can find more videos on our YouTube channel.

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Scott and I are also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crosscountytravelers and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crosscountytravelers/. We try to keep everyone up-to-date here when we are traveling about. This enables us to have you join along on our County Collecting Adventures.

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Most Importantly, you can find more detailed information about where we have been on our website http://crosscountytravelers.com. We have current United States county map showing what counties we have visited. At this time we are still working on getting more things up on the website to show you what we have done and are doing in each county, but it takes time.

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Our goal is to encourage everyone to get out, live life outside their box. We have decided to do this for ourselves by seeing what is in different counties around the United States. This has enabled us to meet new people, experience new cultures, and see amazing places. If you would like to help us get our message out there via YouTube, please do this one simple thing: Give our video a thumbs up, subscribe, share our content, and interact with us. If you want to help get our message out there via SteemIt you can do a couple of things: Follow us, upvote our posts, resteem our posts, and interact with us.

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Gorgeous scenery hey! Love Autumn😎


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Autumn is one of my favorite times of years! I think we will be doing the Talimena Drive soon. It is going to be a fantastic year with as much rain as Arkansas has had this year.
Ren


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Hermosos arboles


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Ellos realmente son. Algunos de estos árboles tenían entre 300 y 500 años de edad.


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What a wonderful place. At some point in history, man fell in love with human constructions, and began a process of massive construction without taking into account any kind of equilibrium. Today we miss something natural sites.

The trip they are doing is amazing, knowing the United States by counties, it's really a great trip. I will follow them, I want to know much more about their future experiences in the long journey that they still lack.


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It is beautiful there. You can visit their website HERE

We do appreciate you following our travels. We hope to bring some joy to you as we do.
Ren


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I'll have to check out your videos. Are they vlog style? You are really dedicated to this travelling project. It's nice to see. With anxiety, I'm always cooped up in my house, but when I'm able to, I try to go out in nature and visit the places near my house that bring me comfort.


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We have tried a little bit of everything, but I think the past eight videos have finally helped us find our place. This past one is my favorite so far. This link will take you to the post that talks about where we have been with our video style.

I also suffer from anxiety. It actually caused us to not go to Tucson a few weeks ago. However, Scott is patient with me and so understanding. I tend to get out to the parks and outdoors to help me control the depression. I talk about that anxiety and all in this post.

I am sure you didn't comment to get posts thrown your way. I am always trying to find ways to relate to others and I hope this relates. I guess, I am just looking for way to connect with anyone who will listen. haha.
Ren


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The links are fine. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy connecting with others. I'll be sure to check those out.

Frank, my husband, is also very patient. Last year I was still too unwell to go to Anarchapulco in Acapulco Mexico. We're planning the trip for this February in 1029. We have a special warrantly on the whole thing so if ever I'm sick and really can't go, then we won't lose all our money on the hotel, plane and event. But I'm hoping I can go. I want to go. We never had a honey moon, so it'll be our belated honey moon. Never thought it would be in Mexico, but flying across an ocean right now is not an option. When the anxiety doesn't drain me, the burnout does, so I'm very careful what I do and where I go, when I go to social gatherings and such.

There was a time when I could travel without fear and I'm confident that I'll be able to get to that place once more where I can feel assured and do a lot more than I can right now. There are so many places I'd like to visit. Travel goals, I guess ;)


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Little steps my friend, little steps. I completely understand and hope that you are able to travel to Mexico for your honeymoon. Scott and I never had one, but it feels like we are on a continual one with all this travel; even if it is just to the next county over.

I will be rooting for you and hope you are well enough to go.
Ren


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Thanks, I appreciate that ;)


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jocqua
jocqua @jocquaOctober 2018

Wow! This is truly incredible. I've heard of trying to visit every state but every county! You two must have seen some incredible things so far and so much more to come. What gave you the idea to visit every county? I never knew or even considered there were that many counties in the USA. It looks like a lot of fun!

I've used walking sticks before but apparently I was doing it wrong hahaha thanks for sharing that. I gave your Youtube channel a follow as well.

Thanks for sharing! I'll check back in and see where you two are off to next. Cheers!


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I don't know if we really realized how many counties there were until we were well on our way. However, it should give us a really great view of the US. Some counties are more explored --much like Osage County here in Oklahoma-- while others are just passed through, but it still enables us to see a lot of wonderful stuff.

I still have issues remembering to use them correctly. However, I can tell a difference in my hands if I forget. I use them most of the time when we hike due to my bad knees. They really do help.

Thank you so much for subscribing to our YouTube channel! We appreciate it so very much. I think we have grown more there on YouTube since we have come here to the SteemIt world. We hope to try DTube out a bit more, just want to use it for those short term videos since they don't keep the videos very long.

Thank you so much for checking out our video and blog. We really appreciate it. We've also followed you and and can't wait to see what you have to say about the world.
Ren


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jocqua
jocqua @jocquaOctober 2018

Thanks, Ren! I've given your steemit account a follow too. I think what you two are doing is fantastic and it sounds like a really good time.

Funny enough, this morning I was hiking up a hill (I'm currently in New Zealand of all places) and man I could have used those hiking sticks. Often when I'm wearing a backpack and going up hill, my lower back starts to hurt. I'm sure it would help with that.

I look forward to seeing your future posts. It's been great interacting with you! Steem on!


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Thank you for that. We really love doing this. There are people who will never be able to visit places other than near their home except through those who travel and share about it. We try to find unique places too like the Keystone Ancient Forest.

I love my hiking sticks and i don't backpack! Look into getting some. Most fold down so they are easier to transport. I couldn't do the hiking if it wasn't for them. Getting old sucks.

We've been looking through your feed as well and are just love your way of telling about your travels. Thanks for sharing them.
Ren


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jocqua
jocqua @jocquaNovember 2018

Thanks for that, Ren! I appreciate you checking out my stuff.

I definitely feel grateful for the opportunities I've had in traveling around the world. You're right, not many get to see the places you or I have been. I feel pretty luck about it and plan to keep on sharing my photos and videos as I go.

As far as getting old goes, I just plan on telling myself I'm in my prime from here on out. I think it'll help in the long run.

Thanks for continuing the dialogue!


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Yep, we are so lucky.


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There goes another of your exciting and adventurous travels! It is really good of you sharing your adventures here as it somehow gives the feeling that I have the mini-version of your tour. 😊

Indeed, management of preserved nature parks usually limit visits by scheduling entrance to maintain the park and limit damages. Others also prohibit eating anywhere in the park but within a limited and designated area only.

Yes, I read somewhere that sequoias in California are taller but I wonder how tall the Oklahoma versions are.


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I am so excited to see that you enjoy traveling with us! That is the main reason we share. So many out there that will never be able to get to the places we visit.

I love that there are places who feel this way. It has helped preserve a places uniqueness so future people can enjoy them as well.

In Oklahoma the Post Oak and Blackjack oaks do not get any where near the hieght of the Sequoias, they are in a place where drought occurs a lot of the time. They get really wide and they are tough. Even their leaves are very hardy. I'll see if we have some good close ups of them.
Ren


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Yes, close up shots for both the oak and sequoias will be great! 😊


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Hi @xcountytravelers, I love to run into travel publications, it's cool, because I'm the same as you, only in the south of Venezuela.

that nice to see trees that have up to 500 years of survival in this industrialized system that destroys everything and debora for the "welfare" of beings who dare to call themselves intelligent. recently talked to a group of children who did not know that plants had life, education on the conservation and life of these beautiful species should be paramount in our classrooms.

I am pleased that you want to travel around your country to know all its natural sites <3 <3 <3 that is very genuine. and accompanied by videos and photographs of magnificent quality, will surely help others to look for those places, or will make the same locals appreciate their natural parks more.

I hope to continue seeing your publications more often.

thank you for sharing <3 .. greetings peace and love


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Thank you so much for your kind words. They are so appreciated. Because we are so new --started late August 2018-- to the blockchain, we haven't gotten much of a following. So, I am glad you found us.

I totally agree with you. The education about these natural resources and the importance of protecting is definitely important. What really surprises me though is how visiting these parks and conservation areas can change a person's mind. Scott thought the whole conservation thing was silly and useless; however, because we started getting out there and seeing what was available, it changed his way of thinking. Now he will go to bat for these places and speak out when needed. I just love how travel changes a person's brain.

So look forward to seeing you around,
Ren


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i forgot to delimit, i like very much that the parks have available dates and others to rest in the park. that really helps the recovery through human interaction. I give you the example of Venezuela, in the state where I live, is the national park canaim, the oldest lands on the planet, there are mountains called Tepuy, one of them called Roraima is constantly visited and its deterioration is felt, in a few years could be debastated, in high seasons there can be up to 500 people at the top, leaving garbage and destroying another little bit of that wonderful natural monument.

Thank you for responding, and of course I will be closer to your publications, thank you for visiting my blog, in a little while I answer you <3 greetings


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Oh, it just breaks my heart when I see the parks full of trash. We always take a trash bag with us when we hike in the state parks. It's sad we have to do that, but it is needed.

You are so welcome and I can't wait to chat again.
Ren


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So let's continue to recover and appreciate the parks, and most importantly, let's get to know them through the blockchain.


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This is such a wonderful article!!! Congratulations to your Curie Award, so cool! Wow, this is really very well deserved!!!
xx


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Aw, thank you. I just wanted to try something different with my videos.


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Good luck with your project! You have a long way to go but I'm sure you'll make it and you'll collect unforgettable memories and make new friends. I love the idea of what you're doing. I hope you will motivate many people to go out - they don't need to explore such a huge part of world like you're planning to, but going out and explore is always a good idea :)

I like your video and especially the instructions how to use the hiking sticks. I have realized I've been using it incorrectly :D

I love trees. They are quiet observers and collected so much knowledge over the years. And those 300-500 years? Wow! They survived a lot!

Thank you for sharing! Have fun and keep sharing your stories so that we can join you on your travel :)


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Thank you @delishtreats. We most definitely appreciate the good luck. It is a huge project, but its the best way to see the country. There are so many wonderful things to see.

When our friend showed us how to use the sticks correctly, I stopped having painful hands. It really does make a difference. Unfortunately, i have to use them all the time due to my knee isses so i can definitely tell the difference.

I love sharing our adventures and appreciate that many people see it as an encouraging reason to get out themselves. Thanks so much for joining us.
Ren


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It's remarkable that you go on such a trip having knee issues. Bravo! I hope that all will be good with your knee and you will be able to manage all the trips easily :)


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Bah, just have to get up and do it. It does make long hikes rough but so worth it. I am thinking we will be out this weekend doi g a short hike and camping out for some fall foliage photos.


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