Inks Lake State Park is about 4 hour drive away from DFW area. It is a great place for outdoor activities - beautiful lake, many camp sites by the lake, a particularly good place for paddling due to a large no wake zone, wandering trail through bushes and rocky hills with a creek running in between.
|Devil's Water hole trail|
|4 of the six tents were really close to each other|
|the kayak group|
|Devil's Water Hole - jumping off "cliff"|
|creek running through rock formation|
Another unique happening was that all of the trip participants went to kayaking or canoeing together the morning of our second day at the park. To generate some excitement, I proposed a short race among the kayaks from the devil's water hole to a rock in the middle of lake, ~ 30 yards distance. Four kayaks participated and the boys were really excited. So I asked the kayaks to line up for a "formal" race for a bit longer distance.
Of course the real fun for kayaking is to paddle along shorelines, viewing the wild life or water plants up close. Lily and I actually sneaked on a great grey heron standing by the shore, and took many pictures of grey heron from different angles, and eventually its take-off from the water when we were too close to it.
While Nick had fun with his friends, Lily and I also had some time for ourselves - kayaked on the inks lake by ourselves before the evening's BBQ the first day, watched the stars and milky way by the lake, away from our tent site after the first night's rain.
No work, no homework and no computer games ...camping gives us total mental relaxation.
|great grey heron took-off from water|
|standing in the valley creek|
|a frog on tarp|
|view of ink lakes from an overlook|