My WIP is set in a fictitious town on the border of the Wichita Mountain Nature Refuge in southwest Oklahoma. My grandparents live near there, and when we visited them over Labor Day, we took a side trip to get a feel for the area-- I hadn't been there since I was a preteen.
It was absolutely perfect: We got to the top of Mt. Scott as a storm was blowing in, which is exactly what happens in one scene of my WIP.
This area feels to me like the place where the forests of the southeast meet the deserts of the southwest.
This was my boys' favorite part. Give them rocks to throw into water and they are happy campers. Or hikers, as the case may be.
Gratuitous cactus shot. I love cacti.