The following are a few pictures I took during a fall camping trip in Sabine National Forest in Texas. When we arrived I was surprised by how thick the woods are in east Texas. Using MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Maps) provided by the Forest Service, we explored several forest roads open to "dispersed" camping. Dispersed camping is the only way to go, if you want to find secluded camping areas away from established and often crowded campgrounds.
During this trip I stuck close to camp once hunting season got started. Sitting around the campfire, we would hear the echos of rifle shots from time to time. mostly in the evenings. This is probably the reason why we didn't spot any deer on this trip. I suspect the wildlife in the area was a little spooked by all the hunting activity in the forest.
Found an awesome campsite at the end of a side spur off one of the forest roads. Very secluded and we didn't see a soul until the second week of our stay, when hunting season got underway. There was a nice trail toward the back side of camp, and we had a couple of groups of hunters ask if we minded if they could cut through our camp to get to the trail. The hunters we encountered were very polite, and of course we told them we had no problem at all. We made sure we tied our dogs on the opposite side of the clearing so they wouldn't bother anyone wanting to use the trail.
Little Breezy finally caught one of the lizards she had been chasing around a tree!
Glad I took this pic when I did, as it was quite windy the last couple of days, and this large shady tree lost most of its leaves by the time we left! During mealtimes, we had to keep our plates covered because of leaves constantly falling into our food, especially the nights we had spaghetti. Don said the leaves added a little something special to my sauce!
Absolutely gorgeous orange-red leaves on the maples this time of year!
Spotted these polypore conks, a type of fungus, growing on some trees during one of my hikes!
Thick colorful carpet of leaves covers the forest floor after the windstorm hit! Where's the trail??
In the crisp fall afternoons, nothing is more mesmerizing and relaxing as watching the dancing flames of a nice warm campfire!
We always make sure to leave a clean campsite and Don likes to leave a little campfire wood for anyone who uses the site after us!