Lake Mineral Wells is about 90 miles west of Dallas.It is man made, like most lakes in Texas. It is not among the most popular state parks and relatively small, a good site for a quiet short excursion. We went there during labour day weekend for hiking, kayaking/canoeing and camping, and for fresh countryside air, outdoor exercise, and closeness to nature.
The reservation made three weeks ago guaranteed us a campsite, and our arrival on the cool sunny Saturday morning landed us a campsite with lake view. After setting up the tent, we went for a short hike along the lake shoreline. The trail was not well traveled or maintained but the view was gorgeous - the dark blue lake, green forest around it, white blooming flowers, light red fruits of sort, purple prickly pears, dragon flies of various colors - green, yellow and black.
Canoe and Kayaking was a major activity during this trip. We raced a bit in the open water, we spent quite some time exploring the shoreline: A hawk of sort soared in the blue sky, another rested in a tree. Monarch butterflies feasted with bees on some white flowers. A hosts of dragon flies flew around; A pair of them rested on my kayak. A grand Egret was on the far side of the lake and a blue heron some distance away from it. A red breasted bird was chirping in the woods..... When we slowed down to observe, we saw wildlife everywhere.
Tent side cooking in the evening was a fun part for the kids. Both of them were eager to help their mom. The dinner they helped to make was delicious. After a evening hike at Timber Cross Trail, we went into the tent to rest and play card game 24. As night fell, we came out of the tent, it was quiet - except the buzzing of insects, and dark. I looked up. The night sky was full of stars, Milky Way was right over my head .......