On September 5th we decided to visit the Houston area for the holiday weekend. As is usual for us we didn’t really plan this, I made the suggestion during breakfast, and Ren called a friend and asked if we could stay at her place. She said yes and we started packing. It was early afternoon before we got on the road, and the person we were staying with was going to be busy until that evening, so we had plenty of time to make a leisurely trip and visit a few State Parks on the way. Heading down I-45 there were two State Parks that were almost directly on the way. Fort Boggy and Huntsville.
Located just to the East of I-45, Fort Boggy is just about half way between Houston and Dallas. It was the fifteenth State Park that we visited. As we have come to expect, Google Maps really does not have a good idea where the park is located. For some reason we nearly always have some issues navigating to Texas State Parks using Google Maps, and the directions links from the web pages always open as invalid links. We tried calling them to get some better directions but no one was answering the phone. After a few false turns and some backtracking we finally found our way to the park. It turns out that the park was unattended. They don’t charge an admission fee and don’t keep the office staffed all the time.
There isn’t a lot to Fort Boggy it is a small park surrounding a small but very pretty lake. There are a few shelters, a hiking trail, and a restroom. While it doesn’t appear that this is a CCC site, it does use the style that we associate with the CCC in it’s construction. The main attractions are fishing, swimming, and a very short hiking trail. There really isn’t much else to do.
If we lived nearby I imagine we would visit it as a nice place for a picnic or a swim, and if you are traveling down I-45 this is a very pleasant place to stop and stretch your legs for a bit. If you are not in the neighborhood, there isn’t much here that isn’t also available in lots of other State Parks.
Well, I’m actually just finished with a project. This is the The Silver Needle’s Secret Needle Night pattern for October 2014 titled One Happy Cat. I was working on it the evening we went to Houston and had to kill some time at Denny’s.
It is a counted cross stitch piece on burlap with and velvet and ribbon threads. It is soft and whimsical; I love it!
If you follow our blog then you know that one of our goals is to visit all of the state parks in Texas, before we hit the road and start visiting all the National Parks. As of this weekend we have visited twenty-one. Dale Blasingame of New Braunfels, Texas just visited all of them in one year.
You can read about it here:
Texas man visits all 95 state parks in one year.
If you visit the Gallery you can see some of our pictures from this weekend. There will be more to come.
This past weekend we went to Houston for Scott’s birthday. We found ourselves visiting five state parks. It was amazing!
Fort Boggy State Park
Huntsville State Park
Brazos Bend State Park
Stephen F. Austin Stat Park
Fort Parker State Park
We decided we want to visit Huntsville, Stephen F. Austin, and Fort Parker parks again to focus on the areas. There is so much to see and do in each of those areas that one quick trip just isn’t enough. I feel a bunch of history stuff happening soon!
We decided to stay with a good friend of ours, Malinda, in her new place, but it was going to be late before we could meet up with her so we settled in at a local Denny’s. We had a late dinner and I was able to have plenty of time to stitch.
I feel in love with the project I found at the Silver Needle in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a few months ago. Since it was on burlap, it was going to be a rather quick and simple project. We decided I would stitch on the way home while Scott drove home. It was so awesome! I look forward to doing it again.
Today I am working on the galleries we posted last night to make sure everything is perfect. As you go through them, keep in mind this is not a quick process and forgive me for the length of time it takes. I love sharing our trips with all of you. I do hope you enjoy it as well.