Sutton Wilderness Area

 

Mere blocks from my house, so close that it could be called my backyard if it wasn’t across a very busy street, is a wilderness park called the Sutton Wilderness Area. The park has several small, unnamed lakes several miles of winding trails that all seem to intersect each other at some point or another.

The park was named after an OU professor who used to use the park as an outdoor classroom. Before that it apparently belonged to the Griffin Memorial Hospital here in Norman (from what I can gather), for use by its patients. Did I mention that Griffin Memorial is a psychiatric hospital? Because it’s a psychiatric hospital.

Anyway, I’ve been hiking through that park for several months now, several times a week. It’s just big enough that you can get away from the traffic noise if you get far enough back there. If you’re an adventurous sort, you can find some really strange things in the wilderness area, like this huge Legionnaires Star just lying on the lakeshore.

 

And this, which is downright cool.

 

Then there are these.

I don’t know what the significance of these circles is supposed to be, but one day I found that last one looking like this…

And I haven’t been back to it since.

Aside from the strange and the (possibly) sinister and/or awkwardly adolescent, one of the joys of hiking this place so often has been to watch it change with the seasons.

The first time I went out there was snow on the ground and ice on the lake. Not so much that it was difficult to hike, but enough. But then spring came.