Sunday, August 12, 2012


Nothing quite causes the same fear as a disaster, natural or man made, that threatens your home, family and animals.  This is the time of year when a lot of the states in the west, south and midwest are not getting a lot of rainfall.  It can be devesting when a fire starts, and it sure helps if you and your neighbors have a plan of action in case a fire breaks in your area.

Learn about how to keep your family and animals safe, reduce risk for wildfire damage and review the firewise tips checklist for homeowners at  *   *

A special mention goes out in our state of Oklahoma to the Trail Riding Gals, - a lot of the gals never fail to chip in to help anyone who needs help moving horses, pets and animals in case of a natural disaster, or help with hay or lend a hand in some way. Be sure and pitch in, you never know when it might be you - we're all in this together!

Traveler and Chuck, happy trails

Ranch, hunt or both Commute to Oklahoma City!

Offered at: $222,000

Lot Size: 120.00 Acres

Build your home here, room for some cattle and horses.  Quiet solitude on this 120 acres of good pastures and partially wooded. This property sits on a corner of a country maintained gravel road. Gates to the property are on each road. It is fenced on 3 sides. The front 1/2 is covered in woods, the back 1/2 is pasture. Land is flat to a gently rolling. There is a  spring fed pond and a creek .  Here's your opportunity to build a small ranchette and still have easy Access to Oklahoma city and all the amenities!

Located about 5 miles North of Seminole, Oklahoma on Hyw. 377 and Hwy. 99. Turn left or West on EW 117 00EW117 Hwy, go maybe 1 mile down this country maintained gravel road. Property is on the North side of this road, sits right on the corner. Sign on the corner or just call CHUCK  580-380-7093

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Leaves of Three - let them be; Unless you're a horse or goat!

Can you believe I overheard a "rash" comment around the campfire from Chuck?  He told his tale while the firelight flickered and the aroma of woodsmoke enhanced his heroic story-the listeners were captivated. The story was about the time he and he son camped in a bed of poison ivy, and it didn't bother him or his son a bit!  He went on to say he was completely immune to the stuff - I certainly believed it - he's one tough guy (he's even survived a rattle snake bite! But that's another story!)  Imagine my surprise when I heard through the vine (love my puns) that he had to make an emergency trip to the doctor for shots and other meds and bath soaks due to a severe outbreak of poison oak! 

I thought I'd dispel a few myths about the active ingredient in the plants so the rest of you won't fall prey to an ugly, and I mean ugly and itchy outbreak, which Chuck can brag about around the next campfire.  The stuff is aggravated by heat, sun, and sweat, and I can't begin to repeat what Chuck had to say about that here!  The only nice thing is he smells so sweet after his colloidial oatmeat baths!  Sounds like a cocktail to me.  Happy trails, TRAVELER 

Urushiol Oil is the stuff in poison Oak & ivy (poison sumac too) that folks are allergic to:
  • Only 1 nanogram (billionth of a gram) needed to cause rash
  • Average is 100 nanograms for most people
  • 1/4 ounce of urushiol is all that is needed to cause a rash in every person on earth
  • 500 people could itch from the amount covering the head of a pin
  • Specimens of urushiol several centuries old have found to cause dermatitis in sensitive people.
  • 1 to 5 years is normal for urushiol oil to stay active on any surface including dead plants
  • Derived from urushi, Japanese name for lacquer
Myth Fact
Poison Ivy rash is contagious. Rubbing the rashes won't spread poison ivy to other parts of your body (or to another person). You spread the rash only if urushiol oil -- the sticky, resinlike substance that causes the rash -- has been left on your hands.
You can catch poison ivy simply by being near the plants Direct contact is needed to release urusiol oil. Stay away from forest fires, direct burning, or anything else that can cause the oil to become airborne such as a lawnmower, trimmer, etc.
Leaves of three, let them be Poison sumac has 7 to 13 leaves on a branch, although poison ivy and oak have 3 leaves per cluster.
Do not worry about dead plants Urushiol oil stays active on any surface, including dead plants, for up to 5 years.
Breaking the blisters releases urushiol oil that can spread Not true. But your wounds can become infected and you may make the scarring worse. In very extreme cases, excessive fluid may need to be withdrawn by a doctor.
I've been in poison ivy many times and never broken out. I'm immune. Not necessarily true. Upwards of 90% of people are allergic to urushiol oil, it's a matter of time and exposure. The more times you are exposed to urushiol, the more likely it is that you will break out with an allergic rash. For the first time sufferer, it generally takes longer for the rash to show up - generally in 7 to 10 days.


To the best of my knowledge, horses don't have a problem w/poison ivy. However, if they eat it, and drool on you, or roll in it, then you touch them and you're sensitive to it, you can get it if the oil gets on you!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Be prepared!

Chuck and I have been out snapping photos of property he just listed, and the question What's in your saddle bag? popped into my mind.  Notice I didn't say what's in your man purse? Clearly Chuck carries around small leather saddle bags for a reason!  Nosing around when he left them on the trailer by my water bucket, naturally I was curious.   Let's see, a compass, pocket knife, handkerchief, camera, what???? Baby wipes?  Kleenex,  tape measurer, something for bug bites, lip balm, a monacle! Random bandaids, leather strings, snacks - wrapped unfortunately, bug spray, & sunscreen.  That's a lot of stuff - more than what's in Grandma's purse!  I guess if his cell phone or gps give out, that compass will come in handy, or he can just let me take him back...... I always know where the trailer is!   Happy Trails,  Traveler

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Oklahoma Hunting Ranch/Recreational land for Sale

Offered at:                 $288,000    240 Acres

Hunting property or secluded getaway. Fantastic Oklahoma recreational land, it is mostly forested with lots & lots of big beautiful mature trees. This is simply a beautiful place.

There are lots of open grassy meadows & clearings for food plots scattered around the property. The soil here in the valley is very rich loamy type, very deep and obviously, it will grow anything!

Property is very secluded and surrounded by a huge ranch on 3 sides. There is plenty of water for livestock & game with several wet weather creeks than run through the property. The creeks have numerous pools that hold water even when not running. There are at least 2 year round springs and 2 ponds also.

The list of game is endless. Deer and turkey are abundant. We saw at least 20 deer while simply touring the property.

"Made in the Shade" Traveler's tells this quote's true meaning!

Hello Fellow Travelers!  Chuck & I are busy this July showing land and ranches, and we have it made in the Shade.  We don't want any of our friends to get heat stress when we're out in the  dog days of summer.  One of the best ways to stay cool is to wear a hat that shades your ears, face, temples and the back of your neck from the sun. These come in many styles, wide-brimmed hats, pith helmets, and straw hats and Cowboy hats!!  Light colored and breathable hats work best.  Although ball caps shade your face, they leave a lot exposed. 

Before the invention of the cowboy hat, cowpunchers of the plains wore castoffs of previous lives. Everything from formal top hats and derbies to leftover remnants of civil War headgear. Tams and sailor hats were even often worn by men moving westward. (

The concept of a broad-brimmed hat with a high crown worn by a rider on horseback came primarily from the tradition of the Mexican vaquero. However, the cowboy hat is a by-product of many designs, including Mexican hats such as the sombrero, and various designs of wide-brimmed hats worn by farmers and plantation workers, as well as the design used by the U.S. Cavalry. The shape of a cowboy hat once depended very much on the region from which it originated. At one time a person could tell where a cowboy was from just by the crease in his hat! (
In the early days, the cowboy hat was valued for being functional, with the wide brim protecting working cowboys from the sun and rain. It could be used to signal others, fan a campfire, or pull water out of a stream for man or horse.  (  If you don't own a hat - just let Chuck know- he'll bring you an extra!

Above all - drink lots of water!  Happy Trails, Chuck's Traveler 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Ranches near the RED RIVER!

LARGE RANCH JUST DIVIDED INTO SMALLER RANCHES!!!!  Near the Red River, the 930 acre Ranch is now more affordable.  Buy 560 acres, 480 acres, 320 acres, or 240 acres or any combination you wish.  There is a newer ranch house available too.
The land is good pasture, with a mix of Bermuda, Bahia, and native grasses. Brown creek, which is seasonal, runs through part of it.  Call for your own private tour and get your pick first!  Chuck & Traveler

Traveler on the Fourth of July!

Now we know!  The first time fireworks were used to celebrate July 4th was on July 8th, 1776. According to, some of the fireworks used may have been used mockingly, because in England fireworks were used as a birthday celebration for the kings and queens. Firing the fireworks to celebrate the separation of the colonies from England was to some the celebration of the "death" of the king's power over them.

Read more: How Did Fireworks Become a 4th of July Tradition? |

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Traveler the talking horse's tip of the week: WHO KNEW????

Now that we're all accustomed to using sunscreen and bug deterents, here's a tip for us to safely use them both:

"Products that contain a combination of sunscreen and the insect repellent DEET may save time, but they may also increase certain risks, according to new research.
The study showed that combining sunscreen with DEET caused the skin to absorb the insect repellent more than three times faster than when used alone.
DEET is the most popular active ingredient in insect repellent, and its use is recommended to reduce the risk of diseases that are spread by insects, such as the West Nile virus.
Researchers say although DEET has a low risk of side effects when used on its own, the effects of using products that combine DEET with other substances that increase its potency deserves further study.
"DEET has an unbelievably superb safety record; it's been used on millions of people and it's critical that people don't get the wrong message," says researcher Edward A. Ross, MD, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center, in a news release. "People should continue using DEET because of the very real risks of mosquito and insect-borne illnesses, such as West Nile encephalitis, but use it in the lowest effective concentration, especially when you use it in combination with other topical lotions or in children."
"A lot of people think if a little bit of something is good, a lot is even better," says Ross. "We don't think this is true for DEET. So the message is not to go for the higher percentage, especially when you're using these other compounds. A little bit is better, not the other way around."  (WEB MD)

Traveling Traveler!!!!!


Summer is a great time to scope out a hunting and recreational property to enjoy year round.  We have a large selection of property in many Oklahoma Counties, including land near the Ouachita national Forest.  Pictured below is one of them, 640 Acres with the historic Kiamichi Trail - an old indian trail- running through it!  Here's a little history about the name Kiamichi:

"In the early days the chiefs of the Choctaw Indians were very
zealous to prevent whiskey being brought into the nation. The only
place where it could be obtained was across Red River in Texas, and
the young men of the tribe who were desirous of obtaining fire water
would ride down a well known trail which lead along the river, now
known as Kiamichi, to its mouth, would cross by ferry, or by fording
the river, and obtain their whiskey in Texas. On returning home they
were often met by the LiJtht Horsemen, or Choctaw police, who confiscated
the whiskey and executed judgment by the lash. And  this happened near the mouth of the river. So that the young  choctaws spoke of the place as Kiamichi, "The place where they took my whisky. The name was afterward applied
to the river, and later to the mountain which Banked the river on the south."

                                                         640 Acres For SALE!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Traveler the Talking Horse's Tip! SHHHHH

 SHHHHH - don't tell Chuck I told you about this really cute website about C O Y O T E S!  Traveler :)  Meet this "civilized" coyote:

Coyote problems????

Coyotes Cause Losses to Livestock Owners

Wildlife Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, has a staff of specialists ready to assist livestock owners suffering losses from coyote predation. The specialists will assess the problem and determine the safest and most humane way of handling the situation.

After surveying the farm or ranch, the specialist may determine that methods such as herding livestock into pens at night and improving fences will significantly reduce predation. Removing carrion and selecting pastures with lower incidences of predation are useful habitat modification methods to try. Repellents, toxicants and traps are options in very specific and controlled situations determined by the specialist.

Coyotes are opportunistic and generally take prey that is easiest to obtain. In wild animal populations, they tend to kill young, inexperienced animals as well as old, sick or weakened individuals. Coyotes are capable of catching and killing healthy, young animals in domesticated species that are less wary. Opportunity and behavioral cues guide the coyote in selecting its prey.

Predation is generally more severe during early spring and summer. This coincides with the time coyotes bear their young and their nutritional needs increase in addition to the burden of feeding pups. Night and early morning hours when human interference is minimal are very active times for coyotes.

In Oklahoma, annual losses to coyotes are signicant. A study done in 1996 found an estimated 10,600 head of cattle and calves worth almost $3.5 million were killed. A follow-up survey in 2000 found that predators killed more than 2,600 sheep and lambs that year.

Wildlife Services helps Oklahomans solve problems that are created when wildlife causes damage to agriculture. They assist with losses to property and natural resources as well as threats to human health and safety. For more information about living with wildlife there are online resources available at For assistance with predator damage control, contact Wildlife Services at 405-521-4039.  (from the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Week in Review)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Don't forget to drink plenty of water when you're out looking at rural properties.  We don't want anyone to get dehydrated.  Chuck even brings me my own water from home so I don't have to rely on a dirty pond!  God love him...   Travler  :) 

Oklahoma Log Home - 61+ acres with huge shop and salt-water swimming pool!!  New on the market - room for horses, a couple of cows and hunt or watch the wildlife.  Between Boswell and Bennington, Oklahoma off a dead end road.  Privacy and Quietude.  Would be a wonderful weekend getaway or retire here!  Call Chuck

Thursday, June 7, 2012


 TRAVELER SAYS:    It's tick season - when you come to look at recreational, hunting, ranch or rural land be sure to bring your OFF tick spray .  Oh course Chuck always brings his in case your forget to bring some, and I always bring my own too!  Happy Trails, Traveler
Near Sardis Lake and the Potato Hills! Here I am on a Mountain property preview trip to list these new acreages. These properties are perfect for hunting and recreational activities - we had perfect weather and the properties are beautiful!  All are easy to access, all have trails on them and all not far from town amenities and other recreational areas.       Chuck and Traveler.

This is a beautiful two story farm home with 18 acres on the top of Blue Mountain. This area is remote and secluded yet only 14 miles from Wilburton, 17 miles from Talihina and 27 miles from McAlester, Oklahoma. '8 Mile Mountain' is just to the south as is 'Yourman Conservation Area'. This is an area of recreation either by hiking, ATV or equestrian.
Hunting and camping are especially enjoyed in this area.
An area has been built to use as an agritourism opportunity or just a big play area for the friends and family.
There are two ponds on the property that support a gravity fed irrigation system for the barn, orchard, vegetable garden and vineyard. The home is on a water well and has been tested at a PH of 7! Its cold and clean just like the air!
The home has been built by the owner. Solid pine has been used for the floors, kitchen cupboards, bathroom vanities and all the trim. The bedrooms are large and comfortable and the living room private.
Located on a well kept gravel road, the home is in the Panola School District.
Contact Valerie at 918 429-9925

Friday, June 1, 2012

Oklahoma Recreational or Hunting - Log home    61.1 acres   5 ponds    Metal shop  

At the end of the road for maximum privacy - close to US hwy 70 for easy access

Mostly wooded, some clearings, custom logsided home, inground & heated salt water swimming pool

Bring your ATV, Jeep, Horses, and fishing pole!!!  Lots to do here, located in South East OK 

$395,000.00 Serious inquiries only!!!! This place is great!