Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hiking at Cooper Lake State Park

Our shadowsAn early-morning storm moved through looking to cancel our hiking trip to Cooper Lake State Park, but the rain stopped, the sun came out, and my daughter and I donned our hiking shoes and headed outside.

Of course the nature trail was muddy, and in some places covered with standing water, but it was passable -- and a little bit of water never hurt anyone.

The park is pretty easy to find.

As long as you can find Sulphur Springs and go north from there -- assuming that you know which way's north -- you can't miss it.

Well, I'm sure you COULD miss it, but there are some signs, and as long as you can read, you'll be fine.

Cooper Lake State Park is divided by the lake. There's the South Sulphur Unit and the Doctors Creek Unit. Since the nature trail is at the Doctors Creek Unit, we went there. (I have no idea who The Doctor is, but that's a different story.)

Price to get into the park was $5 per person, but since I recently purchased a Texas Parks & Wildlife yearly pass, we got in free.

The trail is pretty flat and easy to follow, but the BEST part was running into wildlife!

First, we ran into some spider webs. Beckster wanted to know why someone couldn't come out first thing in the morning and dust for those, and since I didn't have an answer, she picked up a stick and did the job herself.

Next, we saw a bunny rabbit scoot off into the woods.

I actually just saw its tail, but it was enough to convince me that, yes, it was indeed a bunny rabbit.

And what was chasing that poor little bunny?

The Coyote

How cool is THAT?

OK, maybe not so cool for the bunny, but WE were amazed.

And then it got even better. 

Who, are you? Who, who, who who?

That owl was HUGE.

Well, it might not LOOK huge in this photo, but that's because I don't have the best lens for the job. Maybe if my wife sees how far away that owl looks, and how close it COULD look if I had the right lens, maybe she'll agree that a better lens would be MUCH better than a couple of months worth of groceries, or several house payments.

Surely she can see the logic in it.

Anyways, Beck and I had a wonderful morning at the park, and so could you -- if you'd just...


Cooper Lake State Park

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