Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Don't Hassle Me, I'm Local: Mos Jef on Turkey Mountain

I've written a few blog entries for the award-winning Tasha Does Tulsa. Mostly I've been asked to, but a couple of times I begged Natasha to let me contribute something. This is one of those times. I'm on Spring Break with not much to do, so I'm going to get down with T-Town this week. I'll post my Tulsa blog entries here as the "Don't Hassle Me, I'm Local" series. This title was, of course, inspired by What About Bob.

Bob Wiley
(my cat is named Dr. Leo Marvin)

Today I made my way to Turkey Mountain.

Shhhh, don't tell anyone it's not really a mountain.

If you've never been there, it runs for about 2 miles on the west side of the Arkansas River. It is bounded by I-44 to the north and 71st Street to the south. It happens to be the biggest piece of undeveloped land in the metro Tulsa area and is a fantastic place for cycling enthusiasts. The several miles of bicycling trails are managed by the Tulsa River Parks Authority. If verbal directions aren't your thing, perhaps this helps:

Google maps is da best. Tru dat!...


Aside from the 300 acres of wooded area and the two local ponds, there are several miles of bicycle trails for people's enjoyment. Now I don't know a whole lot about fat tire cycling, but there seemed to be a lot of serious looking sportsman out there enjoying the 70 degree weather we had in Tulsa. It was an absolutely perfect day. I simply hiked one of the trails while listening to Africa by Toto. It was like perfect bliss. Here's a map of the trails:

And more importantly, here is Toto:

I bless the rains down in Aaaaaaaaa-frica.

Turkey Mountain is also known for the "Turkey Mountain inscriptions," or petroglyphs believed by some enthusiasts to be pre-Columbian European markings. Now by "enthusiasts," I mean "people who are wrong." However, there is some cool stuff engraved on the rocks out there.

So, if you get a chance to get out and explore our beautiful city while the weather is so nice, you should try to make it to Turkey Mountain and have a walk around.

Tasha's note//Other posts by TDT contributing blogger Mos Jef:
Mos Jef Does Dfest
Cover Band Hilarity
Tulsa Zoo Run
Maple Ridge Memorial Day Run


Mos Jef said...

I think the "source" link was supposed to go here:


Linda said...

I find it so strange that I grew up seeing Turkey Mountain every time we drove to Tulsa (from Bixby) and never had any curiosity about it--I never even knew it had a name. Two years ago, Hubby & I visited Tulsa as an actual destination (from OKC), and suddenly I noticed the lack of houses on "the hill across the river". The internet satisfied my curiosity about it, but your post makes me want to go back and explore it!

Holly Wall said...

Hmm... interesting. I had no idea Turkey Mountain was known for the "Turkey Mountain inscriptions." I thought it was known for the "Turkey Mountain debauchery." Maybe I'm hanging around the wrong people.

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