Avid outdoorsman and award-winning freelance writer Dan Oko is based in Houston, Texas. He channels his passion for the outdoors into his work, and his articles have appeared in a wide range of outlets including Texas Monthly, Adventure Journal, Outside, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Highways and Garden & Gun. Dan loves spending time outdoors with his wife and teenage daughter, and they’ve made many memories together camping and hiking in Texas State Parks. Dan also loves fly-fishing, backpacking and mountain biking. Currently, Dan is working on a non-fiction manuscript about climate change and recreation across the Texas Coast due out in 2022.
I take a lot of trips and I write about those trips, and fundamentally, that’s what I do. I’m very interested in the conservation of our public lands. I’m interested in wildlife and the environment. And as often as not my avenue to get there is to jump on my bike, go on a camping trip, or plan a backpacking trip where I can experience these things firsthand.
One of the perks of being a We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador is participating in a photoshoot with a professional photographer in a fabulous Texas location. For ambassador Dan Oko, that involved a trip to Palo Pinto Mountains State Park. The park will open to the public once a $9 million private fundraising effort led by TPWF is completed. We’re about halfway there, and road and utility construction are now underway. Dan offered to share his experience with all of us and penned this blog post about his recent visit to Palo Pinto Mountains State Park.