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Welcome spring with ideas for warm weather outings

Dino Lalli provides ideas for thing to do and see in Oklahoma while the warm weather of spring is here.
By DINO LALLI, For The Oklahoman Published: May 18, 2014

Quite a few people, felt like winter was never going to end. And now spring is here. Yet, can it be said that spring teases us? From around the corners of February, she takes a quick look at us and on occasion will send us a warm and short-lived kiss. But then in March, she gently persuades the daffodils and Easter lilies to come out of their warm winter beds, inviting a nice welcome, then turns around and covers them with snow! She presents us with that fun day where we can put on our favorite tee shirt, but does she laugh when we have to pull our winter coat out of the closet yet again? She can paint the naked forest with blooming dogwoods and for other trees to bloom and bud, we have to wait a bit longer. Just maybe, the best part to springtime isn’t the actual path getting here, but her certain arrival.

The past few weeks, it’s been wonderful to see more and more people getting out and enjoying the fun outdoors. I would like to offer some fun opportunities to get rid of the winter blues.

Yes, we should all stop and smell the roses but how about lavender instead? A trip to the Lavender Valley Acres in Apache will do the trick. You’ll discover that Lavender not only has incredible relaxing properties, but also that there are ten different varieties of lavender. And, lavender can come in pink, blue and even white.

Music is such a big part of our lives, and it truly is a universal language. So, the Tulsa International Mayfest is a great tribute not only to the arts, but to music. This event, which takes place in downtown Tulsa and attracts more than 350,000, is a family friendly event.

Are you a beginning bicyclist? Or, are you a true weekend warrior who enjoys the thrill of speed on two wheels? You can find the trail that meets your abilities quite easily because mountain biking trails go on for miles and miles. If you are looking for that special challenge, check out the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness area in Tulsa. This beautiful area is located just west of the Arkansas River and offers paths from an eighth of a mile to just a little bit less than six miles. If your true adventurous spirit kicks in, you can explore nearly 25 miles of unmarked trails. Lake Tenkiller also has some incredible biking trails!

There’s another kind of adventurous riding that takes place on four legs instead of two wheels. I honestly can’t think of a better way to experience spring than from horseback. Lake Murray, Roman Nose, Robbers Cave, Lake Thunderbird, Beavers Bend, and Sequoyah State Parks, just to name a few, have riding stables. One of the best seats in the house from which to view our beautiful state is from atop a horse. Take that special guided trail ride through everything from ancient mountains and green forests by renting a horse, or you can bring your own mount and attend an equestrian camp.

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