It was a gentle start to this morning. The rolling distance was supposed to be about 185 miles so there was no need to get in a hurry. TheOFM managed to get his body moving well enough that we left the Rockport campground at 0845. What was not planned was a long detour and a couple of delays. The miles today were 245 and we got into tonight’s destination a little after 1500. Everything in this part of Texas is very green. There has been plenty of rain apparently.Here is where the Teams are for the next three nights.
It is the OFM’s old stomping grounds. However a lot has changed since his times here in his long distant past. The park is a rather extensive park with lots of trails and a pretty fair amount of roads. Both road biking and mountain biking can be done in this park. There is a twenty plus mile one way mountain bike trail going around the end of the lake to the other unit of the state park. The OFM has ridden it once. That was enough.
We took the site recommended by the check-in ranger. The site turned out to be very good and private. Here is the view from the other side of the road.
Then a picture of the view from the Castle window shows you all the fresh greenery.
The Wi-Fi at the visitor center is what is available to use. The pictures are degraded to make downloading faster and easier.Of course Lake Somerville is known for its good fishing. Not many really large fish come from this lake but hordes of nice size fish are caught each year. It is more of a meat fish lake than a trophy lake. The fishing jetty near the boat ramp is usually good for a few fish every day.
The jetty was my first stop on touring the park. While talking to a nice fellow on the pier he caught three fish. The OFM finally realized that his gear for freshwater fishing was in a state of non-existence. So he made a run to the Wal-Mart in Caldwell to restock a little fishing gear.It was getting late when he got back to the park so he hit the pier in a hurry with the lure left on the line from his last fishing trip in Rockport. Well to keep the story short, the largemouth bass measured 16 inches long. It is now back swimming in the lake getting bigger for a return fight with the OFM. BillyBob does not need to worry, 14 pound bass do not live in this lake.
In the morning will be rearrange the tackle time. Most of the saltwater tackle will be put into storage for a return to the coast at some time in the future. Getting the fishing gear ready for an all-out assault on the fish population is another great way of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.