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Jun 24, 2013 - The best for last... a tour of Caddo lake at it's peak

For my final Caddo entry, I'm taking you on a 6.5 hour tour of Caddo Lake. In almost four months, Bigfoot never revealed himself... imagine my surprise. My camera was still busy, however... as this place never ran short of interesting discoveries and beautiful places. I hadn’t been out on the lake in a while, so while Cindy did some laundry I decided to take a day-long paddle to the far side of the lake. Why do I enjoy these occasional “solo” trips?? A wise man once said, “If three men cross a bridge over a stream, and enter a village…...

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Jun 24, 2013 - Summer fun in the campground

Hot, sticky days… warm, humid nights… mosquitos, chiggers, gnats, floods, tornados, forest fires around the country… you get the picture, HOT! All this means is that summer is here, and also translates into a busier park with a more, shall we say, interesting crowd of visitors. We had a domestic disturbance in shelter #17, (A fist fight ensued when a woman discovered her man, recently released from prison, had been in communication with his “other woman”. From what I hear, she continued the drama long after he was booted from the park,...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Short take on a photograph

They say every picture tells a story, but the truth is, a picture only reveals a glimmer of the story. Getting the full story from a photo is a little like trying to tell time from the second hand of a watch. There’s always some back story to every photo I take; climbing on railing 20ft above the ground for a frog pic, battling the wind in on the water to stay stationary for a flower pic, chasing butterflies waiting for them to land, or trudging through swamp mud to capture a shy owl perched on a cypress knee. I thought I’d share a short...

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Jun 7, 2013 - Chicken-Fried edition

Greetings from the wilderness, where currently the weather is hot, humid, occasionally rainy, and often sticky. I nearly slid down a hillside yesterday evening on the ‘gator, while driving around looking for downed power lines in the park. That’s the first thing I checked when the power went out, again, due to heavy rain. I swear, sometimes it seems as though the power grid in this area is built from paper mache and construction paper. A few lightning strikes, a little rain, and BOOM… out go the lights for four hours. One of the access...

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May 17, 2013 - Caddo Lake State Park 3

I love paddling in the morning; everybody’s awake and out in the open, looking for breakfast, looking for sunshine, or just taking advantage of the cover of dim light. The gar dart away, and turtles… some no larger than a silver dollar, watch warily as the kayak slips quietly by. The barred owl’s calls of “who cooks for yooouuuu, who cooks for yooouuuu?” echo through the cypress trees as if carried on the wind. Back at the park, around 11:00… the skies are dark, and the thunder is deafening outside the bathrooms. My only company is a...

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May 2, 2013 - Caddo's paddling, worms, and other goodies.

I am NOT a photographer… I’m a guy “having fun” with a camera. I came to the realization after watching photographers move through the park the last week or so; Bags of gear, tri-pods over one shoulder, and/or standing still as a statue in the same spot for 30-40 minutes at a time. (Usually dressed as though they walked out of an L.L. Bean catalogue.) I spoke with one who’d stayed for a couple of days in the spot next to us… She took her work seriously. It was nice meeting someone with similar interests, we spoke at length and she talked a...

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Apr 25, 2013 - Caddo Lake State Park, TX

Welcome to Caddo Lake… where the water is brackish, the hardwood forest is green, and life flourishes to such an extent, I could do an entire entry on worms alone. (In fact, being here for four months I just might make it happen!) East Texas is so dissimilar to west Texas… they may just as well expand Louisiana’s border, and let them have the remainder of the swampy wetlands for which they’re well known. Once travelers reach this part of the state, gone are the cracked earth, grassy plains, broad oaks, mountain cedar, and mesquite trees…...

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Apr 18, 2013 - Fort Parker departure

The last pics from Fort Parker, (really this time!) We didn't get to check Wood Duck boxes until the second to last day, due to my poison ivy, and then cold, wet weather. We spent the day verifying the location and condition of the boxes placed around the lake. Placed there by the park to help the Wood Duck population recover by giving them a place to nest... these boxes sometimes get toppled by beavers, high winds, or flooding. There are a couple of pics of the park during some misty weather in the area that was really pretty, and...

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Nov 13, 2010 - Visit with Cousin Lullene - Day III – Caddo Lake State Park

We drove to Caddo Lake, the only naturally-formed large lake in Texas (about 25,000 acres). It has several distinct habitats: (1) upland forest of pine, oak and hickory, (2) bottomland hardwood forest, (3) bald cypress and water tupelo swamps and (4) freshwater marsh with grasses and reeds. These support a very diverse variety of flora and fauna. In 1933, T J Taylor (Lady Bird Johnson’s father), several local institutions and other land donors contributed property for development of the first state park in Texas supervised by the National...

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Mar 20, 2010 - Karnack, TX

Nice but older park. Most sites were small. Some pull-through sites are challenging to us because of trees. We were in site 23 but could only get in by driving through site 24. Sites 19 and 21 are “ADA” sites meaning some concrete around the utilities. We need to go back with the kayak! It was rainy most of the day, with snow predicted in the morning

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Winter/Spring - 2010

Feb 19, 2010 - Day #4

Another great day down what we think is one of the great drives in the mid west, Lttle Rock AK to Texarkana, TX. through the canyons of big pines and over the rolling terrain. Stopped at the Texas Welcome Centre and were advised to take an alternate route to Caddo Lake State Park and then on to Choke Canyon State Park the following day. These folks in this Welcome Centre are great! Arrived Caddo Lake about 2:00 p.m. and opened the trailer without a problem other than mouse shit but no permanent damage so far. (see picture re Irish Spring...

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Spring 2010



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