There is something so magical about standing in the middle of a giant Sunflower forest. The Sunflowers I planted this spring are in full bloom, and I am amazed at how tall some of them are. One of the tallest ones I measured, stood 9 feet 7 inches. Will be harvesting the seed heads in late August, which should help feed some of our feathered friends in the fall. We had such a great crop this year, I plan on saving a few seeds for next year!
Don and I just got back from a 10 day camping trip in the wild backcountry of East Texas. We found this spot during an exploratory day hike a couple of years ago, and have wanted to go back ever since! After crossing the footbridge, we followed an overgrown trail that disappeared after about 1/4 mile in. It was quite obvious that the trail saw extremely light traffic if at all.
We decided to cut across country by following game trails another 3 miles in. Most of the time the trails were nothing more than faint partings of grass where deer had passed. We had a little excitement when Rocket spooked a couple of cottontails as we waded through the tall grass. Our dogs had a ball chasing them before finally giving up when the elusive rabbits disappeared into some thick underbrush.
In the following photo you can barely make out the game trail we followed into the backcountry!
After hiking cross country for approximately 2 miles we encountered our first minor obstacle.
We finally reached a lush isolated meadow just after 11:30 which looked like the perfect area for setting up camp. We ate lunch before we pitched our tent in a nice protective cove of trees and bushes just off the main meadow. It was so awesome listening to the coyotes that serenaded us in the evenings. And the views could not have been better for watching meteor showers streak across the night sky!
Don and I prefer camping in remote wilderness areas where you can really experience nature in its full glory as compared to established campgrounds where you feel like you are camping in a crowded parking lot. It doesn't get much better than this!
During our stay we spotted Whitetails grazing in the marshes north of camp on several different occasions. Such an awesome place to watch for wildlife!
Spotted this Bobolink singing his heart out while exploring the area!
We had an awesome time exploring the area, and didn't see a soul during our trip into the backcountry!! Peace and quiet as far as the eye can see. We made sure to leave the area as pristine as we found it, and packed out all the trash we generated during our trip!
My husband and I have tried this, and as it turns out Doritos do make excellent kindling when you are trying to start a fire under wet conditions. The oil in the chips promotes combustion and a nice long steady burn.