Thought I would post a few pics of our camping trip to Sabine National Forest at Lakeview Campground at Toledo Bend Lake! Don and I usually don't like camping at established campgrounds, but the helpful rangers at the ranger station told us this was the place to go if we wanted to avoid the crowds. He said it was very isolated, and probably one of the least used campgrounds on the lake! During our stay we had the beach pretty much to ourselves, and saw no other campers or hikers, with the exception of 1 ATVer who leisurely drove along the beach one afternoon.
The Lake is HUGE with expansive shoreline views, and large campsites furnished with tables and BBQs.
Don and little Cricket looking for shells. Never thought I would find anyone who loved nature and the outdoors as much as I.
During a hike along the beach, I came across a wide patch of ground with thousands of tiny clam shells.
While we were sitting around the campfire, enjoying the views, little Breezy starts barking at something she has spotted on the trunk of the tree she was tied to. I got up to see what had her so upset, and found a beautiful specimen of a young blue-tailed 5 lined skink ( Plestiodon fasciatus ) doing pushups. Since Breezy's favorite pastime is hunting lizards, I decided to tie her to another tree on the other side of our tent.
In addition to the white egrets, we spotted several Bald Eagles fishing along the shoreline. This one appears to be a juvenile around 4 to 5 years old, who is just beginning to don the characteristic white bonnet.
Paradise found - Magnificent Sunsets! More to follow!