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11-24-2005 Happy Thanksgiving; Hiking Cross Timbers Trail

View from the Red River bluffs on Cross Timbers Hiking Trail, Lake TexomaThursday, November 24, I was up at 7:00 and made my Corn and Pea Salad that has to marinate for 24 hours. Around 10:30 we packed a cooler and drove to Cross Timbers Hiking Trail on the Texas side of Lake Texoma just across the 377 Willis Bridge. We couldn't believe the shad were breaking like crazy right of the dock near the boat ramp where we parked at the Juniper Point trail head. The Trail winds west some 14 miles along the southern shoreline of the lake through Cedar Bayou and Paw Paw Creek resorts to Rock Creek Camp. We only hiked the five-mile round trip between Juniper Point and Cedar Bayou where we walked high above the lake on rocky ledges that make up the shoreline. The brochure predicted a moderate degree of difficulty and the trail lived up to that. There was a lot of going up and back down along the cliffs. We sure worked up a sweat on this 70-plus degree day. There are some nice fall colors here along the bluffs.

The Trail was built by the Corps of Engineers in 1969. Scout troops and the Sierra Club maintain the trail. Bob and I were surprised to pass three different families of hikers on this Thanksgiving morning. Our legs were tired by the time we returned to the truck. Back home we had the broasted chicken we got at Wal-Mart yesterday and added a salad. We sure needed a bite to eat when we returned. We were surprised to see all of the cabins in the State Park filled up with people. I guess this is a holiday destination. On our way to Cross Timbers there were cars on the golf course parking lot here in the Park. But by the time we returned at 2:30 they were all gone. I guess turkey dinner is served and let the football begin.

We read the paper for a bit. Around 3:30 Bob drove over by the Marina to fish for a while. My feet were still resting from our hike so I stayed here and got my journal pages caught up. I called Mom and said hi. Mark and Michelle and the kids were just arriving so I told her I'd call later in the weekend and talk to both of them. They are having Thanksgiving at Dane and Lori's tomorrow. Carla and Michael weren't home when I called so I'll have to catch them later as well.

Bob's back around 5:45 with wet shoes and pant legs. Fishing wasn't too good so my decision to lounge here is looking like a good one.

It's 5:56 p.m. and 62.2 degrees.