I captured these photos this evening after arriving at Eastbank Campground (A US Army Corps of Engineers Park) near Chattahoochee, Florida. Leaving cloudy, rainy Blackwater River State Park and traveling with dark, overhanging clouds, I had little expectations of taking any photos today. Sitting in the coach, with her nose pointed toward the Lake, I began to see the beginning of a spectacular sunset. I grabbed my camera and with delight took these photos. You just never know what you are going to see!
We were at Lake Bistineau State Park Monday night. It is a beautiful Louisiana State Park near Shreveport, Louisiana. Cost is $18.00 a night or $20.00 a night with a deck!
This park is filled with moss covered Cypress trees and typical Louisiana swamps.
We were the only ones in the park and enjoyed it very much. The waning moon, rose after dark and hung over the Cypress trees highlighting the hanging moss, giving the woods a spooky look. We were serenaded by Owls hooting in the distance.
The ranger told me, when I checked in, that in the Bathhouse there were washers and dryers that we were welcome to use for free! We decided, to use the washers and dryers, after we spent the afternoon hiking around. By this time, clouds had moved in and it was “pitch” – can’t see your hand in front of your face – dark!
We travel with a car guard on our car and decided to drive the half-block to the Bathhouse leaving the car guard on the car. Whoa, big mistake!
Okay, Trip Two “lets use a flash light to shine on the road in front of the car”. Not as bad as Trip One, but too much dark, so little light!
I can’t believe, my overly cautious husband did this!
After Trip Two, conversation goes as follows:
Howard – “lets take the car guard off”
Sheila, “oh this is fun, want me to walk in front of the car with the flash light”
Trip Three – Howard won. We took the time to remove the car guard from the car; this trip we could see the road, but it was not nearly as much fun! We could also see Raccoons and feral cats.
It turned out to be a fun way to do some laundry! However, afterwards I spent too much time thinking about the feral cats.
Singing their nightly lullaby of rich, deep notes,
Listen closely, green tree frogs,
Revealing stories of the day, expectations of the night,
Who attends your story time?
Dusk begins to blanket the woods,
Inviting shadows out to dance,
They present a choreographed musical of enchantment,
For whom are you performing?
A walk in the woods.
All photos taken at Tyler State Park, near Tyler, Texas. We spent two nights there this past Saturday and Sunday. We experienced fall all over again!
After leaving Ray Roberts State Park, we headed to MCD Innovations in McKinney, Texas, for seven nights, where we had our coach blinds installed. I promise a write up on the installation and process. I can truly say, we love the new MCD blinds.
Leaving McKinney, we traveled to Tyler State Park, where all of these photos were taken. Then to Lake Bistineau State Park in Louisiana for a night, finally leaving Texas! I have some photos of Lake Bistineau that I will post. We wish we would have had more time to stay a few more days there, but just ran out of time.
This afternoon we arrived at Natchez State Park, near Natchez, MS and will leave in the morning for Fairview River State Park in Madisonville, Louisiana for eleven nights. We are looking forward to being in one place for a little while. Hopefully, I can get caught up on my blog, answering comments and visiting your blogs!
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!
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.
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
Lake Rita Blanca means Little White River. The name comes from the Spanish Sheepherders that inhabited the area in the mid 1800s. Lake Rita Blanca is located near the town of Dalhart, Texas south of Rita Blanca National Grassland. It is located in Hartley County, on the south side of Dalhart.
Howard found this camping spot, which at one time was a Texas State Park. I have tried to find additional information, on the web, about this camping location and all I can find is the statement – call the City of Dalhart for information.
No longer a Texas State Park, now a Dalhart city park. There are eight RV sites, overlooking the lake, with FULL hookups: Electric, Water and Sewer. Howard was a happy camper stating: “Steady, good voltage”.
Price to stay ~ $15.00 ~ a night! The sites are located in a big gravel lot, which is level. There are utility poles with lights that light up the area at night. Since arriving on Tuesday we have had only one other RV camping here, they stayed one night and left. We are all alone, but not lonely!
We have enjoyed hiking the trails in the park, watching the wildlife in and around the lake, visiting the downtown area and meeting some of the locals.
We were on a hike yesterday and stopped to speak with a lady walking her dog. She mentioned that Hilmar Cheese built a plant here in Dalhart. She told us that Hilmar is responsible for maintaining the beautiful trail we were walking. They did this to please their employees, which they moved from California to Dalhart in 2007 when they opened the plant. We later looked them up on the web and read about Hilmar building a state of the art faciltiy here. We drove to the plant today to see if they had a store and if they gave tours, but they didn’t. They do at their Hilmar, California plant.
We quickly learned that if you want to eat out in Dalhart the best place to do so is at the local grocery store deli. The grocery is named United and I have to say it is a lovely store! Their staff are the most friendly people working in a grocery store I have ever met. The hot food at their deli was excellent! I also purchased some Hilmar, Pepper Jack cheese.
After leaving the Hilmar facility we drove through downtown Dalhart, just to experience the local area. The streets downtown are layed red bricks.
A little history of Lake Rita Blanca: (taken from the web)
Lake Rita Blanca is located in the High Plains region of the Texas Panhandle. The vegetation is a native, short-grass, prairie plant community. This plant community, blue grama-buffalo grass series, is representative of much of the High Plains region and provides a unique opportunity for education with the local schools and the general public.
Although Lake Rita Blanca no longer has a fishing recreation opportunity, it is the second-most important wintering area in the Texas Panhandle for migratory waterfowl in the central flyway. Each year, thousands of ducks and geese come to Lake Rita Blanca to winter. It is estimated that the number of geese alone generally ranges between 40,000 and 100,000. A large number of neotropical, migratory birds also frequent the park each spring and summer.
In addition, there is a wide variety of wildlife, including scaled quail; bald eagles; mule deer; and swift, gray, and red foxes that make their home in the park.
Recreational opportunities offered at Lake Rita Blanca includes hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, nature walks and educational classes.
Lake Rita Blanca is located just south of the City of Dalhart off of US Highway 385/87 and FM 281.
I have some more photos, which I will post.
Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Departed: Capulin, New Mexico
Arrived: Dalhart, Texas
Traveled: 111 miles
Current location: Lake Rita Blanca (Dalhart city park)
Visited: Three nights (third night tonight)
In the morning we head to Copper Breaks State Park.
On Monday, October 28, 2013 we left Colorado City, CO and traveled to Capulin, NM, with plans to stay at Capulin RV Park and visit the Capulin Volcano National Monument. For an interesting story about how a family from OK settled in Capulin, NM visit their web-site at http://www.capulinrvpark.com and read their story.
Like so many people, traveling Hwy 64/87, we for many years drove by this beautiful national park. We are very glad we decided to stay and visit the park. It is a pleasant way to spend a couple of days to include: hiking, birdwatching, picnicking, photo taking and to learn a little history of the area. What a diverse and beautiful country we live in!
Capulin Volcano National Monument is located off of Hwy 325, three miles north of the town of Capulin, NM on U.S. 64 and 87 and 30 miles east of Raton and I-25.
Capulin Volcano erupted into existence 60,000 years ago. Capulin’s birth occurred toward the end of a period of regional volcanism that began 9 million years ago.
Capulin, where The Grasslands of the Great Plains and the Forests of the Rocky Mountains meet:
Although Capulin is primarily known for its volcanic geology, the park boasts a rich diversity of plant and animal life. The grasslands of the Great Plains and the forests of the Rocky Mountains combine at Capulin to form a unique ecotone which provides habitat for 73 species of birds in addition to numerous other animals. Mule deer can be found in abundance both at the base of the volcano and on its slopes, while elk, black bears, coyotes, and mountain lions occasionally make appearances within park boundaries.
Plants in the area include prairie grasses and wildflowers, pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, and juniper. Legend has it that the volcano was named capulin (cah-poo-LEEN) after the Spanish word for chokecherry. The chokecherry grows throughout the park, along with mountain mahogany, scrub oak, and three-leaf sumac. (I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in the spring.)
You can read the full story, at the Capulin Volcano National Monument web-site:
Too bad it was a cloudy, overcast day; however it was beautiful anyway!
This is the view once you reach the top of the volcano.
Look close in the upper right of the photo and you can see people down at the base.
This view is at the base looking up a wall of rock.
Look at the fur on Skye and Kloud to get a feel of just how windy it was at the top, and don’t pay any attention to the lady dressed like a Bag Lady!
One of the many picnic areas the park offers, table was sitting off to the right. We are so glad our “girls” love to hike!
You can see the different types of vegetation in the background. A self-portrait with camera sitting on a picnic table. I had to set the camera and run over for the photo. I guess the girls, both looking in different directions, didn’t want their photo taken.
A beautiful area filled with diverse terrain.
We left the coach around 5:30pm and headed toward the Monument in hopes of seeing a beautiful sunset. We were not disappointed. views in every direction. At one point we pulled off the road and when I rolled down the window to take some photos, I heard a chorus of moos; their song was extremely loud. Maybe they were admiring the sunset as well. This is cattle country!