|Partial Solar Eclipse|
Monday, August 21, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
|JoAnn and Tom did a quick trip out to Lake Bob Sandlin State Park. It had rained moments before we arrived and the sky was overcast. However, it was cool and nice to be outside for a little while.|
|Pier. A few brave visitors were around the park.|
|JoAnn at pier.|
|Some brave boaters were on the lake but not many. The car bridge across the lake is visible.|
Thursday, May 18, 2017
In May 2017, we took a trip to St. George, Utah where we then visited Canyon De Chelly, Bryce Canyon and Zion Nat'l Parks. We had a wonderful time with our good friends Robert and LuJean. Bryce and Zion are wonderful parks to visit and in which to hike. The colors are wonderful.
|Canyon De Chelly|
An amazing area dating back 4000 years of ancient peoples living in the area.
|Canyon De Chelly|
The area has trails and dirt roads that take the visitor to colorful spots throughout the area
|Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park|
The spires are the result of erosion and colors are outstanding
|Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park|
The spires in the park are called Hoodoos
|Zion National Park|
We've arrived at Zion. Here are the Temple and Towers near the entrance of the park.
|Top of the Canyon|
The weather has been perfect. Blue skies and nice temperatures.
Friday, December 30, 2016
We traveled to Tulsa to see JoAnn's daughter Janet for Christmas. We had a great time!
|Here is Janet's living room. It hides all the chaos going on with several kids and adults doing their thing. As part of the trip JoAnn, Tom, Janet and Duane went to see Rogue One in 3D. What a blast!|
|Duane taking JoAnn for a ride on the Harley|
|Here's Janet and JoAnn at the theater|
Saturday, November 19, 2016
|Here is JoAnn at the park entrance|
|Lake Bob Sandlin.JoAnn is viewing the lake near one of many piers that|
stretch out into the lake
|Pier. There were several visitors both sightseeing and camping this day but|
we didn't consider the park to be crowded at all
|View of the shoreline from the Pier|
|A nearby pond|
JoAnn demonstrating how tall the trees are at the lake
Friday, October 28, 2016
Daingerfield State Park is southwest of Texarkana and is a 506 acre recreational area deeded in 1935 by private owners. It was opened to the public in 1938. This area was the center of the iron industry in Texas. Development of the 80 acre lake included an open beach area, a landscaped peninsula, and the site's hilly terrain. The park has a swimming barge and piers. The lake is also known for fishing. Small boats can be rented or visitors can bring their own boat.
Here is JoAnn at a park sign within the park itself. We're near the visitor's center. This was the sign built by the CCC that once marked the original entrance to the park.
|This is a small panorama at one end of the lake. The area has extensive hiking trails around the lake which go through a dense forest of very tall trees.|
|JoAnn sitting on a log at the Dogwood Camping area. A portion of a trail that runs around the south side of the lake can be seen next to her. She's looking out at the lake. The weather is beautiful with temps in the low 80's and very low humidity.|
|Panorama of the landscaped beach near the visitor's center. Note the swimming barge. JoAnn and I are sitting on a park bench looking out across the lake.|
|JoAnn is on the pier. The lake is quite pretty due to the landscaping methods used during it's early development.|
|A large panorama of the lake from the pier. We had a mild wind which made the experience even better (slightly cooler temps).The beach area (other side of the trees on the left) is landscaped and has picnic tables and benches.|
|Here are the picnic tables on the landscaped area. A visitor can bring their pre-prepared food or cook it in one of the stoves next to the table.|
|Here is one of the benches along the shoreline. It was a wonderful experience to sit and just let the world go by for a while. This will be a grand memory for us.|
Monday, October 17, 2016
|Big Pond Lake is popular with boaters and folks wanting to walk on the shoreline.|
|The water level is very high this year. In years past, this area would be completely dry and the boat dock would have been useless.|
|Little Pond Lake is an interesting little lake in an out of the way place in the park.|
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
During the last week of May 2016, we took a trip to Sedona for the purpose of taking a tour of the Grand Canyon South rim. The trip was wonderful and we had good weather. Additional photos of the complete trip can be found here
|Here we are at the entrance to the park|
|A view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon|
|View of the Colorado River as seen from the South Rim|
|We also climbed to the top of the Desert Watchtower. The view was impressive.|
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
|The first item of interest was a nearby chapel with beautiful stained glass windows. Here is a photo looking toward the front of the chapel.|
|This is a closeup of the front stained glass window. Note the open Bible on the stone shelf below the window.|
|The Bible was open to Proverbs. It looked fairly weather beaten and old.|
|We next visited the lake itself. Here is JoAnn standing next to a pier.|
|Another perspective of the lake: a marina with Tucker Tower in the background. The tower contains a nature center and viewing deck.|
|Here is JoAnn sitting at one of the park picnic benches viewing the lake. It was a fun time and a quick trip.|
Friday, November 20, 2015
JoAnn and I drove to Cooper Lake State Park in Northeast Texas for a day outing. The lake has docks and piers for fishing and sightseeing. The park also has campsites for tents and house trailers. The elevation of the lake is 450 ft above sea level.
This is a photo of Cooper lake. We arrived just at the right time to see hundreds of water fowl and several pelicans in the water.
The sky was really quite pretty and the temperatures in the 60's with low humidity. Unfortunately, the trails were muddy due to heavy rainfall earlier in the week.
The pelicans are the white birds among the other water fowl on the lake.
View of the water fowl from another vantage point.
Here is the shoreline of the lake. The trip was actually quite fun with excellent weather. Due to heavy rainfall, the lake is quite full.
Sign at Sunset Cove. Note the trail map and descriptions of the area.