On Saturday, Bob & Kat, came by for a visit. They were staying at the Rocky Point COE Campground on a different part of Wright-Patman Lake, and we saw that they had checked in on RVillage (a social network for RVers) which notifies us of folks arriving in our area.
Bob & Kat have been full-timing for two and a half years now. We met them in 2014 when they flew in from California to attend our Fall Educational Rally in Indiana. And like us when we started, they had never spent a night in an RV nor had they ever towed anything larger than a small U-Haul trailer.
They brought lunch and we sat outside enjoying the beautiful weather on the lake. We chatted for hours as they told us about their recent stint working the "beet harvest"in Minnesota, and the other workamping jobs they've had along the way. And we laughed as they relayed some of their "newbie" stories. Everyone has "newbie" stories about stressful situations and learning experiences that become amusing as time passes.
Near the end of our afternoon, we learned we were headed the same direction on Monday. Some friends told them about a boondocking spot about 200 miles southwest on a lake, and we decided to join them.
Overnight was the change to Standard Time so Sunday morning we turned all our clocks back an hour. I'll refrain from my annual rant about Standard Time, since most of you know my feelings about it already.
On Monday, we left Texarkana around 11:00, taking U.S. 59 to TX 43 to U.S. 79. It was a pleasant drive for the most part, and I was reminded of the wide Texas shoulders.
The plan was to drive 210 miles to the little town of Jewett and spend the night at a small RV park where we could take on water for boondocking. With our 100-gallon fresh water tank and water weighing 8.3 pounds per gallon, we try not to travel very far with an extra 800 pounds of water.
But on the way, I decided we would just stop and take on water and then drive the extra 10 - 15 miles to the Limestone Lake Park which is listed on freecampsites.net. The roads are good for the most part, but there are some rough sections getting back to the park, which feels like it's in the middle of nowhere. Linda led me in, and we found Bob & Kat.
There was a large, paved area on the northern end of the park, and they had set up their fifth wheel at the edge of the lake. There was plenty of room for us as well - we just needed to figure out where we wanted to put our rig and how we could orient it for the best combination of view and sun exposure for our solar panels.
We decided to back in along a railing so that we would have a view of the lake out our back window, and a picnic table and grill on our door side.
This parking area isn't the most level in the world, but we unhitched, got level, and were even able to use our rooftop satellite dish. I got out the ladder and washed our rear window so we'd have a clear view of the lake.
This is primarily a "day use" area with several picnic tables and a couple of pavilions along with a boat ramp and rest rooms with flush toilets. At the entrance is a large sign with listed rules, but there is nothing on the sign that prohibits camping. It does say "No campfires".
On the freecampsites.net listing, it indicates there are "16 - 29" campsites which may be a bit misleading for RVers. There may be that many picnic tables and grills where you can set up a tent, but there are no designated sites, and spots for RVs are much more limited, especially spots for big rigs (although you could easily get three or four in the area where we are).
Other than some fishermen on the boat ramp and a couple of others at the south end of the park, there was no one else here. It's a great little park and it appears to be well-maintained considering how remote it is.
We got out our LaFuma loungers and joined Bob & Kat to watch the sunset from behind their rig.
The little benches along the lake and the dock made for some nice photos.
It almost seemed like we were on a beach somewhere in the tropics rather than a rural lake in the interior of Texas.
The colors were amazing, the temperature was just right, and the bugs were minimal. It was a lovely evening chatting with friends by the lakeshore, watching the graceful white pelicans flying inches from the water, and listening to the Great Blue Herons squawk as they flew by looking for their next fishing spot.
Except for just a few boats on the lake, it's incredibly quiet and the nights should be nearly silent.
We weren't sure exactly what we would find here, but it's a little gem of a boondocking spot .... and it's free. We may be here a while. :)