Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Meridian State Park Camping Trip

Ron and I have been taking our dumb dog on longer and longer rides, hoping to prepare him for life on the road in an RV.  On one of our long drives, we stumbled across Meridian State Park.  (https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/meridian) It is a pretty small park, in a relatively hilly area of north-central Texas. It has easy hiking trails, a lake for fishing, canoes, or kayaks, full-hook up sites, and the cleanest park restrooms of all the parks we've visited. I scheduled a family camp out over a holiday weekend in February, which is really the best month for camping in Texas.  It seems like the worst of our "winter" is over by then, and it is a relatively dry month.  Unfortunately, this trip ended up getting cut short because it rained the last day we were there.
Meridian State park is centrally located betweenTemple, Gatesville (where Becca lives) and Ft. Worth (where Leslie lives.) I think it was about an hour and a half drive for each of us, with the added benefit of not having to drive on I-35! Ryan and the twins didn't get the Monday holiday at their school districts, so they weren't able to join us. Otherwise, we would have tried to find a park a little farther south.
Ron, Scott, and I went out early to get camp set up, that way the rest of the family could come and go as time allowed.  We were even able to run back into town for church on Sunday, so weekend camping at this park will be perfect.
For some reason, I didn't get as many pictures of the park as I thought. It really is beautiful and my pictures do't do it justice. But, the subject matter of these photos is pretty amazing to me.

No matter where we go, Maggie spends time
reading and writing.

Sophie loves the yard games we have in the RV.
She will even play by herself.

This was Pete's first trip. That boy needs
socialization classes!!!!

Tico is getting better. He is usually a nervous wreck at night,
especially if it storms.

Next to the lake, there is a really nice group picnic area
with a pavilion.

Becca and Ed came out to spend the afternoon with us.

Hoss LOVED the lake!

We ended us with a wet dog smell around camp for a while.

There was really nice fishing pier and cleaning station; Scott
took the girls down for some fishing but they
didn't catch anything.

Meals still tend to be a challenge. This one was a hit with the
grands and so easy! Chili, chips and cheese.

Another meal that ended up being super easy and required no
refrigeration was Dinty Moore beef stew over egg noodles.
Everyone loved it; but, we were pretty hungry.

The dogs on leashes, camp chairs, and a fire pit
require lots of coordination!

Ahhh; my favorite way to spend an evening at camp.

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