Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lake Mineral Wells State Park

We recently headed to Lake Mineral Wells State Park for our last camping trip before school started.  We had a great campsite with canoe access, so exploring the lake was quite easy.  The park was nearly empty during our stay!  This entire lake is surrounded by state park property, so we didn't have to worry about trespassing on private property when we stopped to rest and fishing was free with no license required.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Me and my big fish.
Josh and Titus hanging out near the island that turned out to be our best swimming spot.  It had good shoreline for Titus and the coolest water we found.
Beast in the bushes
Resting from a swim
Sleepy canoe dog
Jump!
We found a steep staircase on the shoreline, so I had to explore.  The boys stayed behind in the canoe.  I found a bathhouse and group dining facility at the top plus some great views of the lake.
Finally, a fish!  Too bad it's so small.  At least it's pretty.
Pretty sunfish
  
This is how we're able to camp during the summer in TX.  We have AC in the tent (plus 2 fans)!  We have also become wimpy and use an air mattress when we car camp.  Titus sleeps on the red pad next to me.  During the summer, we only camp at places with swimming so that we can stay cool during the day.
AC exhaust and drain pipe sticking out the back side of the tent.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Florida, Part 2, Activities

Some more active pictures from our Florida trip :)

Our beach set up- 2 shade canopies were very helpful!
Debby and June enjoying some waves!
Jackson loved jumping the waves.
Debby and Jackson
One morning, Josh and I took a 17-mile bike ride down a state forest trail.
This baby rattlesnake was curled up in the trail.  Josh uncurled it's tail with a stick so we could see the rattle.  Curled up, it was only about 4 inches across.
Toward the end of the trail- it was hot and humid!
Josh riding the waves!
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park beach was much less crowded than the public beaches.
Storms rolling in at the state park
My Josh :)
The storm arrived while we were at the beach.  We took shelter under a small awning while it passed.  Then we took our bikes out to explore the park while the weather was cool.

Florida, Part 1, Family Pics

Josh's immediate family decided to take a trip together to Florida this summer.  There were 11 adults, 5 kids, and 1 on the way.  Josh and I camped at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, and everyone else rented a house together.  On the way to Florida, we stayed with some friends of ours in the Houston area that we hadn't seen in a couple of years.  Here are some family pictures from our trip.  More pictures are coming in a second post.

The whole family!
David thinks our pictures are always too serious, so we had to do a couple silly shots for him :)
More silliness
Josh's parents- Shirley and Larry
Me and Josh
Josh's sister, Beth, husband David, son Jackson, +1 boy on the way
Josh's brother, Jon, wife Kristi, kids June and Ben
Josh's sister, Christina, husband Brady, kids Ellie and Caedmon
Josh's parents with sister Debby
Cousins!
So sweet!
We almost got them all to look

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Spring Canoe Trips

Even though we've had an incredibly rainy spring, we managed to squeeze in a couple quick canoe trips.  We were hoping for more time to camp and canoe, but you'll never hear us complain about rain!

Our first trip was just a day trip to Possum Kingdom.  We canoed from public access area #4 to Hell's Gate.  It was a wonderful day: calm waters, not too hot, not too many boats.

Our second trip was interesting.  Our goal was to camp at Canyon Lake and return to a great swim area we found a couple years ago.  When we arrived, we found the campground closed due to flooding.  A note on the website would have been nice :)  We passed a lot of flood damage on the way down that was pretty incredible.  We ended up heading north about 85 miles to Inks Lake State Park.  We had been there once before for a family get together, but this time we were able to explore more and enjoy the lake.  We camped at site 48 which put us just feet from the water.  It was so nice to be able to leave our canoe in the water and load/unload easily.