Black Mesa State Park is located in the far northwestern corner of Oklahoma in the panhandle. Adjacent to Lake Carl Etling, the state park gets its name from black lava that covered the area 30 million years ago. For those who wish to stay overnight, the park has RV, tent and equestrian campsites with restrooms with showers and a group camp with bunkhouses. Bring in what you need because there are no stores close by. Describing Black Mesa, an EarthSky visitor gushes, “NO light pollution!!”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.