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Camping at the Lake

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

My son and his kids invited me to go tent camping with them last weekend. It seemed a good way to get my mind away from the loss of my wife, so I agreed. We went to a place called Inks Lake State Park in the Hill Country of central Texas - just a few miles from where I grew up. Here is a picture of me and the grandkids near the tent.

Last Friday and Saturday were warm, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. It was perfect for hiking and exploring, so I took the kids to some of the places I use to go. Here is a place called "Devils Water Hole" at a large creek that empties into the lake. In the summer people dive off of the large boulder into the lake. They have to push off quite a bit to keep from hitting the rocks below. Needless to say, they all ignore the "Danger" signs posted around there.

Hiking a little further up the creek, we came to a nice overlook of the creek below. The water is a little low this time of year, but it's still pretty scenic.

Hiking down to the creek, we came to a spot that my wife and I used to like to come to in the summer. When the water is running more, it's just like sitting in a whirlpool. Lots of fond memories there...

We also went to many other places - unfortunately I left my camera in the car. We had a great time, though, and I got to really visit with the grandkids a lot. The only downside of the trip was the last night. The temperature dropped from the 80s to 34, with lots of wind and rain - not good tent camping weather. We still had a good trip, though, and I think the kids will remember if for quite a while. It was fun!
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KALISWALKER 2/15/2014 12:37PM

    I read your blog earlier in the week but my wifi wouldn't let me post. The pictures are great!

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BBONET 2/12/2014 9:15PM

    Bill, The pictures are beautiful!! Glad you took time for yourself and the grandkids. This is a nice way to just relax and spend some time with family. Take care!

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QUEENIEBELLE 2/9/2014 1:47PM

    Wonderful pictures. Glad you went. Beautiful family!

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/9/2014 4:26AM

    What great way to spend some time with your grandkids and son. It pounds like everyone had a great time and made some fantastic memories too. Maybe you can do it again sometime. emoticon

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    How wonderful you got a way for a few days with your son and grandkids. Kids can always make us smile no matter what. What beautiful pictures of a beautiful place. It looks like a good place to film a cowboy movie. It's all snow and ice outside my window. Thanks for sharing your photos. So happy you got the chance to get away with people you love and who love you back!!

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BLITZAJ7 2/6/2014 9:52PM

    Sounds like an awesome trip!!! We're planning a Texas trip in April. Guess I'll break out the atlas and see if we'll be anywhere near there.

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PEZCATHY 2/6/2014 7:45PM

    I don't know how I never heard of this place with as long as I lived in Texas and all of our travels around the state. It's a beautiful spot. Can you fish there? I know you enjoyed spending time with your son and his family (who doesn't enjoy their grandchildren!). I know it was melancholy being there without your wife. Not many places will let you camp on the banks like that! How awesome! I was just thinking about you today, and then saw your remark on my page, so came over to your page, and saw these beautiful photos. Glad you are getting out, and happy you are still posting! You look great! Keeping you in my prayers for God's strength every day.

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IMIN2GENES 2/6/2014 7:43PM

    What a beautiful spot for camping! So glad you got to enjoy time with the grandkids! Thanks for sharing the pics.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/6/2014 7:33PM

    Beautiful pictures and lovely memories. I'm glad to see you posting again and that you have the support of family.

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LASARRE 2/6/2014 7:09PM

    Beautiful pictures. Glad you got some time away with your son and grandsons.

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DNRAE1 2/6/2014 9:52AM

    What a fun trip! I used to camp with my parents. There were 4 kids, so my parents didn't do a lot of motels. We camped across the US and up and down the west coast, and I have some great memories of those trips.

Great photos, Bill. emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/6/2014 2:36AM

    Terrific photos of beautiful creation and loved ones! I'd say this was just what the doctor ordered.

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PICKIE98 2/5/2014 3:10PM

    Wow!! What beautiful pictures Bill!! I love to camp, but nobody in my family ever did.. Your grandkids look so happy!! Maybe you can go back there when the water comes in faster,, show us the beautiful waterfall and the kids swimming,etc. I like that tent too! A luxury model!!

Thank you so much for sharing them: As I type, the neighbor is adding another five feet of snow to the pile in my front yard,, another blizzard here today... your blog made my day!!!

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IMEMINE1 2/5/2014 11:50AM

    What a beautiful place. Looks like you enjoyed it. emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 2/5/2014 10:57AM

    What a beautiful place! Nice memories, too - old and new.

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COLUMBINE2 2/5/2014 10:55AM

    It looks like a wonderful time for grandfather, son and grandsons! Beautiful scenery, hearing about Granddad's boyhood...wonderful memories being made. They'll treasure that week-end and so will you!

It's hard to beat fresh air and people you love. Thanks so much for sharing it with us...beautiful! Hope you have a good day today, too! emoticon

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ONYX_SHADOW 2/4/2014 8:37PM

    Bill, the pictures are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing them.
I'm glad you had a good time with the family. emoticon

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JUSTME29 2/4/2014 6:59PM

    What great pictures. thanks for letting us see. i'm glad you had nice trip and time with your grandkids.

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thanks, Bill for sharing your camping weekend with us! really nice photos and I'm glad you got to enjoy your grandkids


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NWFL59 2/4/2014 6:43PM

    emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing your camping trip with the family. Pictures are terrific as well as your descriptions.

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    Bill, The pictures are great!!! It looks like a beautiful place to hike and camp. I am happy you are getting time with your family.

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GRACEOMALLEY 2/4/2014 12:27PM

    Gorgeous country and looks like fun was had by all - when the weather cooperated. I'm so pleased you got to do this. I know it brought up some very good memories and while that is sometimes sad, it is also a sign of a life lived well.

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DAWN14163 2/4/2014 11:27AM

    What a beautiful place to go camping!

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MANDELOVICH 2/4/2014 10:50AM

    This made me so happy!!!

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KALISWALKER 2/4/2014 10:44AM

    Bill I enjoyed the pictures. I am glad you are getting out with your family.

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PPELTON 2/4/2014 10:02AM

    What a wonderful adventure. Thank you for sharing these amazing photos and giving details of your family trip.
I too have many camping and fishing holes that I go to just to get away. Your grandchildren benefited as much as you did! Live long and enjoy the great outdoors!

Hugs and warm hiking days to you!

Paula emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/4/2014 9:29AM

    What fun! Thanks for sharing the lovely pics.

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JSTETSER 2/4/2014 9:27AM

    Absolutely beautiful.

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