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  • On the 4th of July I met up with Keely and her boyfriend over at Lake Livingston State Park. Chris was still out of town working so I decided to spend time with some friends instead of wading through chores at home—which I could have easily done mind you. Luckily I got there before the crowds got really thick and parking became impossible, but it was already filling up when I arrived at 11am. Keely was meeting a geocaching friend there for a cookout so for the first while we sat around a picnic area talking, eating and watching folks circle around and around looking for parking.

    The drive out to the park was beautiful as I took the scenic route through a lot of farm roads and up through parts of the Sam Houston National Forest. I kicked myself for not stopping at two trucks with trailers loaded up with local watermelons in Coldspring; they looked tasty! I could have juiced them and then frozen the juice for some tasty slushies.

    Anyway, Keely and I haven’t met back up since our the first time at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory over a year ago so I thought it was high time to see her again. She’s been recovering from a broken leg and hasn’t been out and about hiking and geocaching like she had been.

    Lake Livingston State Park
    There was a micro geocache hiding at the top of this sign, my first cache since the last time I saw Keely. The last cache before that had to of been the one we randomly found in Tennessee on the AT, but we didn’t sign that log I don’t think.

    Lake Livingston State Park
    This path was highly utilized by bicyclists (kids) roaming between campgrounds.

    Lake Livingston State Park
    We were feeling the heat so when we arrived at this cove on the lake I think all three of us wanted to jump in.

    Lake Livingston State Park

    Lake Livingston State Park
    There wasn’t a whole lot blooming aside from this trumpet creeper.

    Lake Livingston State Park
    I did stop to point out the clematis seed pods.

    Lake Livingston State Park

    Lake Livingston State Park

    Lake Livingston State Park
    The boardwalk trail at the north end of the park was nice but very quiet. The crowds were down by the water.

    Lake Livingston State Park
    We found a nice bird blind but not a lot of birds, just cardinals. I’m sure most of the birds were hiding in the shade during the heat of the day.

    Lake Livingston State Park
    A couple of flower beds in an attempt for a butterfly garden.

    Lake Livingston State Park

    Lake Livingston State Park

    Lake Livingston State Park
    Some very tall alligator flag (I think)!

    Lake Livingston State Park
    The frog pond on the north side of the loop.

    There isn’t an extensive trail system here but there are enough that you can stretch your legs well. There was a second section of hiking trail and a horse trail that we didn’t take but for the heat and time it was a nice jaunt in the woods.

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    1. Francine says:

      Trumpet creeper! That’s an awesome name. Also, it’s a little creepy.

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