The first two times we visited there were in November some eight and ten years ago. The third time was during the labor day weekend this summer. The different seasons provide totally different sense of the lake.
During the first two trips, we had a sunny morning and drizzling afternoon at Caddo Lake and thus got a chance to see the two faces of the lake! The clear water, the crisp air, ghostly cypress trees with Spanish mosses in the morning, and the misty water in the afternoon. The most exciting thing happened to Nicholas was that a frog jumped onto his paddle when we were canoeing in the bayou.
|Mill Pond at Caddo Lake State Park|
|Less Colors but more ghostly|
|A frog jumped on little Nicholas's paddle|
|Grand egrets in Misty Swamp|
During the labor day weekend, we camped inside the park near the mill pond with three other families. The humidity was very high during the day time, the air was still, which made it felt very hot even though the temperature was at low 90sF. We sweated profusely on the hiking trails. The famed steam boat ride was a bust - we did not know that the boat ride changed its route from that in the big lake to the bayou. If we knew this ahead of time, we would have not taken the ride. Because of this disappointment, we went to Uncertain - the town by the lake before we left for home - to get a glimpse of the big lake. The plan to rent a motor boat to tour the lake on our own was not realized.
But it was sunny with blue sky and white clouds, the cypress trees were green, the lake surface was mirror like. It was beautiful! It was wonderful to canoe around Mill Pond. The temperature dropped quickly at night which made sleep through the night not a problem. The night was pitch black - the stars were bright and "large" - it felt like that the heaven was closer in this wilderness.
|Mill pond at Caddo Lake|
|On the hiking trail|
|Canoeing by the big cypress trees gave us a different feel|
|A Lotus pond by the big lake|
|Swamp at Caddo Lake|