Heat

I just spoke to my cousin who lives in the northeast. He said late spring is acting real cool. Almost every day this month has been below normal temps. Mostly by just a little, but still it is a bit cool. That seems strange to me as here in Texas we get very little cool wintery weather. Sure we have a few months of pleasant temperatures but hardly ever does it get really cold.

Just the last little bit in fact we have had a few days that were real scorchers. Not every day but at least a reminder that every day hot is just around the corner. I don’t really mind it, even though there are parts of it being really hot every day that can get me a bit uncomfortable at times.

When it is really hot I like to be able to go somewhere, out in the middle of nowhere with no roads or people around, and sit in a little patch of shade. I can close my eyes and just feel what is around me. The heat radiates in from the sunny to the shaded area, reflecting of any open ground that is around. The sounds to can get real low or even silenced if it is both open and hot enough. Even the bugs hide and shut up.

Odessa weather

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Joe Pool

I took a trip last week with a friend of mine to Joe Pool Lake in Cedar Hill last week. We had a great time. Lots of sunfish, not many bass though. It was quite a ride to get out there but once we were there, it was easy getting in the water with his boat. The water was calm, as there was not much wind, and there was not a ton of people out on the water either.

I had never been to this lake but I did like it. Some folks told me it can be really crowded since it is so close to Dallas but we had not trouble. The state park, Cedar Hill, was also really cool. The bathrooms were clean, the people at the gate were nice, and their boat ramps were in good shape. I don’t know when I might get a chance to go back again, but Joe Pool lake is definitely someplace I would go back to again.

Spring Day Trip

Just taking a break before I head home from a nice little day trip. I went out to a private ranch that has some nice ravines in it. It is about an hour from my house. The property belongs to an old family friend. Funny thing that right near this place is a little food place that oddly enough has wi-fi. So I just made it back to the road from the ranch and here I sit, waiting for my food, and I can actually take a few minutes and write this post.

Most memorable part of my trip….getting down into this one ravine and feeling like I could have been on my own planet. The place I was had a lot of twists and bends so I could only see a little ways in either direction, up or down canyon. Below me was the water and above was the sky. Blue as anything. I spent quite awhile just sitting in that one spot. I would periodically close my eyes for awhile. Listening. The water, little critters scurrying about and kicking little rocks downhill, buzzing of the bugs and an occasional chirp. It was one of those times you only get to have when you are outside and looking for a bit of peace and adventure.

Living the High Life

Alright, time to start up this new blog of mine. The plan is to use this space to talk about my travels. I love to hit the road and the friendly skies and thought I should keep track of some of that stuff here.

Some background….I live in Odessa, Texas and am a simple country boy. Being outdoors is what I like to to do most. This means I also enjoy a lot of other things that include being out in nature. Hunting, fishing, hiking and stuff like that. I get out of the state when I can but get out to a lot of places that are within a hundred or so miles of my hometown. I am lucky in that there is a lot of open space around where I live. It can be tough to find public land if you are not from around here but for me, there are a lot of really cool places I can get to since I have lived here all my life.

Anyway, if your reading this thanks for checking the blog out. Be well.