I’ve always wanted to get a photography like this (a road leading off into the distance). This isn’t quite what I had in mind, but its close. Captured in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton OK.
Oklahoma isn’t known for ‘mountains’ but there are a few areas in the state that are actually quite hilly and – officially – called mountains. The Wichita Mountains are in the Southwest portion of the state near Lawton Oklahoma. Within this range is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge run by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
My wife and I took at trip down there recently on a scouting trip. I had been down to the area when I was nine or ten but hadn’t been back since and she’d never been so we played hooky one day and drove down to see what it was all about.
I was a senior in college when the bombing happened and can still remember the first image I saw on TV of the building smoking.
I knew a few folks that worked in the building and am still quite saddened when I think about this tragedy and loss of life.
I visited the bombing site before demolotion and was absolutely overwhelmed with the sites I saw….I can’t imagine the horror that occurred in that building during and after the bombing. The things the rescuers saw cannot even be imagined (and I don’t think I want to try to imagine them).
Even though I spent 4 years in Oklahoma after the bombing (finishing grad school, etc), I never revisited the site. In fact, it took me fifteen years to visit the memorial and was only able to do so because my wife was with me…not sure I would have visited alone.
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