Thursday, March 13, 2014

Number 37: Lake Livingston State Park

Heading to the park in spring with 25-30 mile per hour winds played havoc with my allergies.  Today I spent most of the day in bed pounding Advil, Sudafed, Musinex, and anything else I had in the cabinet to feel better.  All those moldy fall leaves that have been sitting on the ground all winter blowing around my face wasn't good combined with all the spring blooms and pollen.  That said, the park was wonderful.

We should have know from the standing water in the ditch that Lake Livingston had a lot of rain recently, but we didn't.  We figured that out once we hit the trails with our grandoggie, Pockets.

Much of the trail was a muddy mess.

Not surprising, Pockets didn't care.

Even though rain had passed through, the sky was a brilliant blue without a cloud.

There were lots of blooming trees (remember my allergies?).

The dogwoods were especially nice.

And some spring flowers had begun to pop up as well.

And as busy as the park was (most of the camper and tent sights we saw were full), and the fact that it is one of the largest lakes in Texas, you would think that we would see boats on the lake, but not in the heavy winds we had.  Literally.  Not a single boat.

Even the ducks took shelter from the wind in the small coves like these Mallards fishing for lunch.

Also spotted a couple turtles sunning on a log.

The trails are good for hiking and biking.  There is even a 1 mile long boardwalk over the swampy area.

And though he spent most of his time on the trail, there were a few times when he got a whiff of something he wanted to chase and jumped off into the swamp.

And how often do you see a sign like this in a park?

So in spite my allergy flair up, it was another beautiful day for hiking in another amazing state park.  Pockets would agree.