Sunday, November 3, 2013

Chandler hills

On Saturday afternoon I drove up to Chandler Park for some hill work. The Chandler "backcountry" has some of the longest sustained trail climbs around. It's also a great place to get away from it all. Endless ATV tracks can keep one entertained for hours.

Abandoned rusted equipment and heavy soil erosion point to industrial activity of another age; something was mined from these hills. The place is a bit too rugged for any kind of serious modern development, so it there it sits, forgotten by most Tulsans. Most visitors to the developed city park have no idea that about two or three square miles of forest extend to their West. As for the off-road motorists who make the trails, I rarely ever see them, and if I do meet one on the trail they slow down.

There are some incredible rock formations scattered about the hillsides, and enclosures that would have made great hideouts for Jesse James and his gang.

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