Dawn breaks through the clouds over the lake at Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma.
Cypress trees with hanging Spanish moss photographed from my kayak at Caddo Lake State Park, TX.
This beautiful scene is from the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii.
Bats taking flight from Congress Avenue bridge in Austin for their nightly foraging for mosquitos and other small insects.
The dam at Devil’s Den State Park, Arkansas. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. Photo 7/10/17.
Lighthouse Rock is an icon of the Texas State Parks system. The towering monolith can be found at the end of a long hiking trail in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, near Amarillo.
There’s nothing like cruising along the trail or sidewalk with your faithful companion by your side. You love it, they love it! It’s one of the great joys of running.
Like many small Texas county seats, Granbury’s downtown is centered around a historic courthouse square. The Hood County courthouse was built in 1891, and today is surrounded by shops, restaurants, and small businesses. Located southwest of Fort Worth, Granbury is a comfortable two-hour, 100-mile, drive from Collin County, perfect for an easy-to-reach weekend getaway.
If you are looking for a close-to-home camping excursion Lake Ray Roberts is a twofer. Located east of Denton and west of McKinney, Ray Roberts has two state parks to pick from. Isle du Bois is on the south shore. Johnson Branch is on the north side. Both have more than 150 campsites, most with electric and water hookups.
Nothing can quite prepare you for that first moment as you walk up to the South Rim and look out and down into the depths of the Grand Canyon. I got a lump in my throat. Even in the rain and mist, it was overwhelming. Because of the clouds we couldn’t see the north rim across the canyon, but we could see down some two or three thousand feet to the canyon floor. The low clouds and mist gave it a haunting aura that you sometimes get when you come face to face with the awesomeness of nature.
Trees! More trees!! Miles and miles of trees!!! Welcome to southeast Texas and the Big Thicket National Preserve and the southern range of the Piney Woods.
With a landscape unfamiliar to those of us from North Texas, the Big Thicket is a collection of 15 native forest parcels covering some 112-thousand acres north of Beaumont and south of Jasper. It contains Longleaf pines, Loblolly pines, beech trees, magnolias and countless others.
The Piney Woods is less of a specific place, and more a state of mind. The Piney Woods cover much of southeast Texas, east Texas and into Arkansas and Oklahoma. The main attractions in the Piney Woods are the four national forests, all located in southeast Texas.
Welcome to my blog everyone. I’m still not sure about the overall mission for this blog, but thought I would start off with an interesting story.
Last weekend we were at Lake Ray Roberts with the kayak. With urging with cheese slices we coaxed our dog Kinsey onto the boat. She was a little nervous at first, and unsteady on the deck. After a short paddle I put her back on shore with my wife, and started to paddle away. I had gone perhaps 50 yards when I heard Mary yell, “Here she comes” and looked back to see Kinsey in the water, dog paddling out to the kayak. She pulled up along side and with a little help, crawled back aboard.
BTW, she is not a real water dog. She’s a mixed blue heeler rescue that we’ve had for two years. Kinsey is now a kayak lover, just like me.