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Traveling in our Coach

~Run, Baby, Run~

A Fence Post Ornament
A Fence Post Ornament

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a fence ornament

if only it would stay put

fast, long and slender

eagle eye spots a morsel

off and running she goes

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"I think I will stretch, before I take off."
“I think I will stretch, before I take off.”
Why don't you stay awhile?
Why don’t you stay awhile?
Run, Baby, Run
Run, Baby, Run

I took these photos while at Copper Breaks State Park. We were driving out of the park and i noticed her sitting on this fence post. I got out of the car and was able to capture these shots before, as you can see, she darted off!

SkyeRiver Photography ©Sheila de Laneuville

 

~Copper Breaks State Park~

A Pond at Copper Breaks State Park
A Pond at Copper Breaks State Park

This is our first stay at Copper Breaks State Park and we have truly enjoyed our visit.The park has twenty-five RV sites and most will accommodate 40 foot motorhomes. Each site has 50amp electricity and water. The central dump station is in the RV loop. Howard states “power quality is excellent”. Price per night $20.00.

We arrived on Friday and will leave in the morning. We discussed staying another day, but eminent weather is forcing us to move on; rains are predicted for this area this coming week.

It is a beautiful state park with lots of hiking trails, in fact we felt we got a chance to do some “on the ground rock climbing”. We loved the rock climbing! The park has rugged, deep, colorful canyons that offer explorers some fun.

I was disappointed in the lack of wildlife we have seen here; perhaps it is the time of year. We spotted a few birds, but not much of anything else. Everyday, we have heard flocks of Sandhill Cranes passing over even late at night;. They must be heading south and we will see them in Florida! We also have been serenaded by coyotes every evening. There are bat houses everywhere and we have seen a few. I had a Praying Mantis land on my ear, which i really did not like.

This is a beautiful, quiet and rural part of America and we have loved spending time here!

Fall colors and a Great Blue Heron
Fall colors and a Great Blue Heron
Bull Canyon Trail Head
Bull Canyon Trail Head
Jagged Edges
Jagged Canyon Walls
Part of Bull Canyon
Part of Bull Canyon
Top of Bull Canyon
Top of Bull Canyon
A little rock climbing!
A little canyon rock climbing!
The Sentinel - Kloud The Pilot - Howard The Navigator - Sheila The Greeter - Skye River
The Sentinel – Kloud (left)
The Pilot – Howard
The Navigator – Sheila
The Greeter – Skye River
Copper Breaks State Park
Copper Breaks State Park
Site 24
Site 24
Our covered picnic table.
Our covered picnic table.
The Copper Breaks State Park campground
The Copper Breaks State Park campground
Through the Trees, overlooking the canyon.
Through the Trees, overlooking the canyon.
The Pond
The Pond
Howard's Best Friend Overlooking Bull Canyon
Howard’s Best Friend
Overlooking Bull Canyon
Welcome to Quanah, Texas
Welcome to Quanah, Texas

Information taken from Texas State Historical Association:

Copper Breaks State Park, on the Pease River and State Highway 6 twelve miles south of Quanah in Hardeman County, was established in 1970. From its original 1,889 acres, this scenic area has been expanded to nearly 1,933 acres featuring rugged canyons and a seventy-acre lake made by an earthen dam.

“Breaks” refers to the fractures and faults that define the limited waterways of the park. Small amounts of copper, insufficient for commercial purposes, can be found in the area clay. Facilities for picnicking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding are provided. A small historical museum exhibit is available, and a portion of the official Texas longhorn herd is maintained in the park.

Travel Notes:

Date: Friday, November 1, 2013

Departed: Lake Rita Blanca City Park

Arrived: Quanah, Texas

Traveled: 241 miles

Current location: Copper Breaks State Park

Visited: Three nights (third night tonight)

Site Number: 24

In the morning we head to Lake Ray Roberts State Park

~A Pod of…..

Cotton (made in the USA)
Cotton
(made in the USA)

On Friday, as we drove the 241 miles from Dalhart, Texas to Quanah Texas, we enjoyed the view outside our window – acres and acres of cotton fields.

For me it was wonderful to see these fields, knowing that American farmers are still planting, growing, nurturing and supplying this raw material. Thank you cotton farmers!

As we passed farm after farm with their cotton picking machinery, I wish I could have gotten a photo of one of the huge cotton picking machines.

I remember my mother telling me how she helped her family pick cotton when she was just a little girl.

Once we arrived at Copper Breaks State Park, located eleven miles outside the town of Quanah, and after setting up camp, we decided to take a ride.

As we passed a cotton farm, I just had to stop and take some pictures. I was amazed to see this plant up close with its bursting cotton “pods” and array of colors.

American's Fields of Cotton
American
Fields of Cotton
Cotton, feels so good against the skin!
Bursting pods of cotton and beautiful colors as the cotton plant presents itself.
Shimmering in the sun
Shimmering in the sun

All photos: ©Sheila de Laneuville

Thank you Barbara, Janell and Marshall for playing along!