Kingdom of the Possums

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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.

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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.

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But there were also signs of new life, the flush of vitality returning right before our eyes.

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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:

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Do what I did, and take an early morning hike. The views at dawn are quite simply spectacular.

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But whatever you do, enjoy it with someone you love. And who loves you. It’s the only way to go.

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DSC_0809The one and only “selfie” I will ever, ever, EVER take…

Lovely travels, my friends!!

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