Crossings: Crossed leaves and Cross Timbers

A trip to Cross Timbers State Park offers an opportunity to be alone with your thoughts, even if you're surrounded by much more than you realize.

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May 4, 2020 - 9:31 AM

On the back half of the tree trail, hides a sandstone overhang that’s been converted into a shelter for hikers and campers. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

No sooner had I descended the sandstone staircase leading to the ancient tree trail at Cross Timbers State Park near Toronto Point, than a white-tailed doe erupted from the undergrowth and set to crashing through the forest.

Like the name implies — though no one is for sure — this is a place of crossing-through.

I watched as she explosively kicked her hind legs and bright tail into the air, not weightlessly, but as if she’d been catapulted via some sort of natural machine.

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