The Armistice and American Greatness

We headed to Loyd Park for a perfect fall weekend, complete with mild weather, chilly nights and crisp, clear mornings. It was an ideal time for reflecting on the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. The guns fell silent at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

Trek to Tawakoni

It’s hard to believe that more than five years have passed since we last visited Lake Tawakoni State Park. Opened in 2001, the park is one of the newer facilities in the Texas State Park system. The reservoir, located on the Sabine River and constructed in 1960, supplies water to Dallas and surrounding suburbs, and…

Like Camping in Our Own Backyard

Although we tried for weeks to get a local campsite, none were to be had. Halloween has taken on all the trappings of a national holiday, so area campgrounds are completely booked the weekend closest to it. Our only option was to spend the weekend in Cloud 9 parked at the storage unit. It’s like…

Yet Another Wet Weekend

For the sixth consecutive weekend, rain fell in North Texas. But we didn’t let it stop us from heading to our favorite local campground. We took a half-day of vacation so we could get a jump start, which enabled us to arrive at Loyd Park in the early afternoon. Rain started falling in the early…

Persistence Pays Off

We must have checked the Loyd Park reservation system a hundred times. Cliff called the office daily. Finally, our persistence paid off as we were able to get the only open site on “Texas/OU” weekend. Officially known as the “Red River Showdown,” the football game has been played annually since 1900 between the University of…

That’s Entertainment!

We left for Loyd Park immediately after ending our work day on Friday, and quickly made our way to campsite 34 and two glasses of Cabernet. It wasn’t long before Chef Cliff’s expertly grilled Eisenhower rib eyes, baked potatoes, asparagus and shisito peppers not only capped our long work week but also ushered in a…

A Return to Routine

After traveling more than 2,800 miles on our Mighty 5 adventure, we headed to Loyd Park for a weekender to clean Cloud 9 and return to our routine. We arrived at our site shortly after 6 p.m., which enabled us to get set up and enjoy a proper cocktail hour before turning our attention to…