Our Hundred Dollar Hamburger, January 2012

Abby photographed me hopping from rock to rock on Mount Scott, a popular high point of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
Abby photographed me hopping from rock to rock on Mount Scott, a popular high point of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
Abby smiles as she digs into her Meers hamburger.
Abby smiles as she digs into her Meers hamburger.

In the aviation community, when you need an excuse to fly, much of the time you pick a place to fly for lunch. It became known as the “hundred dollar hamburger,” since with the cost of fuel, such a trip seemed to cost a hundred dollars. A similar tradition applies to motorcyclists when they need an excuse to ride.

My wife Abby and I thought it would be a nice visit of a similar nature to a place where I spent so much of my recreational time in the last 40 years, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

Our first stop was Meers Store and Restaurant, where Abby was eager to try their world famous Meersburger. She ended up getting the quarter pound hamburger, while I got an order of fried green tomatoes. Everything was great.

Abby photographed this handsome grey longhorn resting by the side of the road.
Abby photographed this handsome grey longhorn resting by the side of the road.

Some other stops on our quick tour of these ancient mountains in southwest Oklahoma…

  • Parallel Forest
  • Roadside stop to photograph a longhorn steer
  • Quanah Parker Lake Dam
  • Prairie Dog Town
  • Roadside stop to photograph bison
  • Mount Scott, the popular area high point
Abby shot me leaping between boulders at Quanah Parker dam.
Abby shot me leaping between boulders at Quanah Parker dam.

By dinnertime we were back home in Ada, where we had ice cream for dinner. In the end, it was one of those lovely days with my wife. With so many fun things to do and see in the Wichitas, Abby and I hope to return soon.

Abby discovers the Parallel Forest, a remnant of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Abby discovers the Parallel Forest, a remnant of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Quanah Parker Lake Dam
Quanah Parker Lake Dam
Quanah Creek Below Quanah Parker Lake Dam
Quanah Creek Below Quanah Parker Lake Dam
Moody black-and-white view, Mount Scott
Moody black-and-white view, Mount Scott
Cat, Meers Store and Restaurant
Cat, Meers Store and Restaurant
Abby's image of American Bison
Abby’s image of American Bison
Abby photographed me photographing a tree near Quanah Parker Lake Dam.
Abby photographed me photographing a tree near Quanah Parker Lake Dam.
Abby braces against the hood of her truck as she photographs the Meers Store and Restaurant...
Abby braces against the hood of her truck as she photographs the Meers Store and Restaurant…
… making this image of me.
… making this image of me.
Windswept Tree, Mount Scott
Windswept Tree, Mount Scott
Business Cards, Meers Store and Restaurant
Business Cards, Meers Store and Restaurant
Rusted Iron Gears, Quanah Parker Dam
Rusted Iron Gears, Quanah Parker Dam
Road and Lake Visible from the Summit, Mount Scott
Road and Lake Visible from the Summit, Mount Scott
Sunshine, Parallel Forest
Sunshine, Parallel Forest
Abby makes pictures on a peninsula north of Quanah Parker Lake Dam.
Abby makes pictures on a peninsula north of Quanah Parker Lake Dam.
This view is from the same spot as the previous frame.
This view is from the same spot as the previous frame.
This is another view of the Meers Store and Restaurant. I can recall my parents taking us to eat there when I was as young as eight.
This is another view of the Meers Store and Restaurant. I can recall my parents taking us to eat there when I was as young as eight.
Abby looks out over Prairie Dog Town.
Abby looks out over Prairie Dog Town.
Prairie Dog at Prairie Dog Town
Prairie Dog at Prairie Dog Town by Abby
Stones and Water, Quanah Parker Lake
Stones and Water, Quanah Parker Lake
Stones and Water, Quanah Parker Lake
Stones and Water, Quanah Parker Lake
The author "surfs" Quanah Parker Lake.
The author “surfs” Quanah Parker Lake.
View Looking West-Southwest from Mount Scott Summit.
View Looking West-Southwest from Mount Scott Summit.
Bison Along the Highway
Bison Along the Highway
Abby made this image of an American Bison near Prairie Dog Town.
Abby made this image of an American Bison near Prairie Dog Town.
Lake Lawton from Mount Scott Summit
Lake Lawton from Mount Scott Summit
Blue Canyon Wind Farm Viewed from Mount Scott Summit
Blue Canyon Wind Farm Viewed from Mount Scott Summit
Abby created this image of soaring pines in the Parallel Forest.
Abby created this image of soaring pines in the Parallel Forest.
Abby concentrates on photographing the pines in the Parallel Forest.
Abby concentrates on photographing the pines in the Parallel Forest.
The Lake Lawtonka Dam Visible from Mount Scott Summit
The Lake Lawtonka Dam Visible from Mount Scott Summit
A visitor climbs on a rock at the summit of Mount Scott with the Blue Canyon Wind Farm in the distance.
A visitor climbs on a rock at the summit of Mount Scott with the Blue Canyon Wind Farm in the distance.
Quanah Parker Creek picks up afternoon sunshine.
Quanah Parker Creek picks up afternoon sunshine.
Quanah Parker Lake shows a "bathtub ring" characteristic of below-normal water levels.
Quanah Parker Lake shows a “bathtub ring” characteristic of below-normal water levels.
Abby photographed me on a hilltop overlooking Quanah Parker Lake Dam.
Abby photographed me on a hilltop overlooking Quanah Parker Lake Dam.