Symphony of Song

One thing that stood out for us this weekend was the array of songs we heard from a variety of birds. The forest was filled with a symphony of song. Of course, it’s a sign of spring, as males use their songs to attract females in their mating ritual. Regardless of the purpose, the effect…

April Showers and Birthday Flowers

We planned to visit Jon’s mother in the St. Louis area for his birthday weekend, but a bedbug infestation forced us to postpone our visit. Still, we used our vacation days for a long weekend at our favorite backyard park. The weekend weather forecast called for a major rain event. Fortunately, the rain held off…

A New Favorite

With so many area parks closed due to flooding, finding a place for weekend camping is a challenge. Thankfully, we discovered Loyd Park, a campground managed by the City of Grand Prairie. We hesitated to try a “city” park for a number of reasons. First, city budgets aren’t generous when it comes to parks and…

It’s Not the Ocean

The view of Joe Pool Lake from our weekend perch was enhanced by the sound of waves lapping against the shore. Earlier in the weekend, winds of up to 30 miles per hour contributed to the formation of white caps, proving that even an otherwise placid body of water can be churned into a frenzy.…

The Great Pretender

If you’ve never seen one before, we’d like to introduce you to the ironclad beetle, a little visitor to our campsite. We had never seen one before today, but we were intrigued when we saw Baxter sniffing it as it lay on our pad. It was absolutely motionless, despite Baxter’s inspection, so we thought it…