Welcome to Possum Kingdom Lake. It is just after sunrise, October 20, 2013. I am alone, perched on an outcropping over the lake, drinking in the birth of a new day. Tammy and I have come to the lake on a belated outing in honor of my 36th birthday; I am recently returned from a solitary walkabout through New Mexico (more on this elsewhere), and we needed something to do together to ease my return to reality.
Possum Kingdom State Park: a man-made lake in Palo Pinto County, Texas, one of many works projects carried out by the CCC back in Depression days. We arrived on the heels of a wildfire summer, the evidences of which were everywhere.
But there were also signs of new life, the flush of vitality returning right before our eyes.
If you get the chance, come and visit. Try the off-season; it is beyond peaceful and you’ll have the hiking trails pretty much to yourself. Stop for a bit and check out the view from the Morris Sheppard Dam:
Do what I did, and take an early morning hike. The views at dawn are quite simply spectacular.
But whatever you do, enjoy it with someone you love. And who loves you. It’s the only way to go.
Lovely travels, my friends!!