This has been such a busy and fun Christmas season visiting my amazing parents in Texas.
I’ve had so much fun with them that I’ve neglected taking photos. As I was outside running a couple errands though, the sunset colors of the big Texas sky caught my attention and I just had to stop.
As long as I had my camera and ditching my duties…I kept clicking…Walmart was selling leftover Christmas trees last week for 2 cents each so we got a baker’s dozen for fish habitat. If more would have fit in the truck, we would have gotten more. My brother wanted to know if we tried to talk them down in price. 😉 These will give those bass a reason to hang around.
Mom’s puttering around in the kitchen and Dad’s at the puzzle table.
And a beautiful full moon over the lake while steaks wait for the football game to end.
I was researching camping prices for you but they are so complicated I decided just to provide the above links. Besides, there’s a lot of great history that I’d probably blow if I tried to summarize it.
I am actually a little confused, now, about whether we were in a State Park or the National Forest. Or maybe it’s a State Park in the National Forest? I don’t know who runs what, but that’s why I gave you the links. You can sort it out for yourself (if it matters). The dump station was closed but we didn’t let that ruin our day.
We stopped to take a look inside this beautiful little log church: Mission San Fransisco de los Tejas.
I’ll bet the hymns echoed in here! It makes me appreciate the soft benches in our churches today! Although a fireplace would be fun 🙂
The floor has fossils in locally quarried stone. Most (or all?) of Texas was under water eons ago.
We thought the petrified wood for the fireplace was really a nice touch.
For our picnic, we went over to the Day Use Area on Ratcliff Lake. There is a nice swimming beach, lots of picnic tables and a nice pavilion for groups.
They do use workampers here because I saw they’ll rent the FHU sites to RVers when they aren’t occupied by the Camp Hosts. But I don’t know if they are paid or volunteers.