Possum Kingdom State Park
Caddo, Texas
April 20 - April 22, 2007

Possum Kingdom State Park - Friday, April 20, 2007

Terry and I are headed to a new park for this trip, Possum Kingdom State Park. We were meeting our RV buddies, Steve and Leslie and some new friends we met online, Mike and Cindy. We're all active on the Open Road Forums of RV.net and Good Sam's. We were looking forward to meeting our new friends and seeing Steve and Leslie again.

Terry and I loaded the trailer the night before so we could leave right after work. On the way to our storage facility, we picked up something for dinner so we could eat on the way. Before leaving the storage facility we made sure our fresh water tanks were topped off. We would have to run off our internal fresh water tank this weekend since Possum Kingdom's water supply has a high salt content and was not recommended to be used for potable water.

We pulled out of our storage lot around 6:00 and headed west on Interstate 20. Our trip was uneventful and we arrived at Possum Kingdom State Park around 7:45. Our friends had already arrived. Steve and Leslie were kind enough to get us checked into site #2. We stopped at the front gate, showed them out park pass and headed towards our site. The park was also a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) park built with integrity and pride in the 1940's. Due to the efforts of these hard working men, generations have enjoyed the fruits of their labor. The neat thing we found out was the fact that Possum Kingdom State Park was the last CCC park to be built in Texas.

It was very windy and was forecasted to stay that way all weekend. We'd just have deal with it. We met Mike and Cindy and proceeded to get our site setup. After getting everything setup by around 9:00 we headed over to our "community campfire" to rest and relax for a while before turning in for the evening. It was nice sitting by the campfire clearing our minds from the busy work week. Around 10:30 the fire was burning down and everyone decided it was time to head to our trailers for a restful night's sleep. Terry and I turned in around 11:00. We were both whipped from the week and it didn't take us long to fall asleep.

Possum Kingdom State Park - Saturday, April 21, 2007

We woke around 7:15 and took a quick shower before heading outside. This morning we would be sharing a potluck breakfast with our friends. When camping, breakfast is my favorite meal so I was really looking forward to it. As we walked outside, the smell of campfires and hot coffee stirred our senses, we were hungry! We had our mugs in our hand waiting for them to be filled with hot steaming coffee. Mike had made a pot of Kona coffee. It was outstanding.  There were more serious tasks at hand, it was time to start cooking breakfast!

On the menu this morning:

Our Potluck Breakfast

Steve checking on the sour dough biscuits
Cindy preparing our scrambled eggs Steve explaining to Cindy the art of Dutch oven cooking
Are the biscuits done yet? Winston relaxing after breakfast
Cindy relaxing with her dogs Mike enjoying the beautiful morning

Oh my gosh, hardly a word spoken at the table while we were eating breakfast. We were all too busy eating. Everything was delicious. Since we were eating a late breakfast we decided not to worry about lunch. After cleaning up the breakfast dishes and pans, it was time for rest and relaxation. Mike and Cindy had not slept well so they were off to their trailer to take a nap. The rest of us, Steve, Leslie, Terry and myself, decided to get out the dominos and play a round of Mexican train. Later on, Mike and Cindy joined us and watched the game's progress.

I had brought Ladder Golf with me. Mike and Cindy had never heard of it but caught on very quickly. That's the nice thing about Ladder Golf, it's easy to learn and doesn't require a lot of athletic talent. For the rest of the afternoon, we had a couple of rousing rounds. Ladder Golf is one of the perfect RV/outdoor related activities.

A Rousing Afternoon of Ladder Golf

Ladder Golf and camping is tough work!

After a few rounds of Ladder Golf it was time to get dinner started. We were attempting something we hadn't done before, frying a turkey. All of us had tasted fried turkey but we had never prepared one ourselves. On the menu this evening: From the pictures below, you can see Terry and Steve preparing the turkey by injecting it and applying the spicy Cajun rub. Mike watched on from the distance and shot pictures of the proceedings.

On the menu for this afternoon:

Our great turkey frying experience?

We were amazed at how fast our 10 pound turkey cooked. We'd all heard that it only took around 3 minutes per pound but didn't believe it. The turkey was ready to carve in around 30 minute. A couple of times we had to re-light the burner since the wind had blown it out. I got the honors of carving the bird after Steve lifted the bird out of the grease. The turkey came out absolutely perfect, very tender and so moist. It was one of the best turkeys I had ever tasted. I guess it was beginner's luck for all of us that the bird turned out perfectly. All the other dishes that accompanied the turkey were delicious as well. We knew they would be since we were camping. All food tastes better when you're camping.

Our Sites At The Campground

Our new camping bear The raccoon says "Welcome!"
Our rig all setup Steve & Leslie's Durango
Mike & Cindy's Jayflight A view of our sites from across the cove

Above are some photos of our sites at the park. Possum Kingdom State Park is a really nice park. We'll definitely have to return to the park sometime in the future. It's nice to have a park within such a short drive from home. Also there are photos of our newly acquired chainsaw carved raccoon and bear. The artist did a really good job on them.

After cleaning up the dinner dishes and putting all the leftovers away, we all sat by the campfire and visited for a couple of hours. We were tired. it had be a wonderful day even with the windy conditions. The temperatures were starting to drop so the campfire was a welcome addition to take the chill off. A couple hours later the fire was starting to burn down. We all figured it was time to turn in for the night. This camping stuff is tough work, we were tired! We said our good nights and headed for our respective trailers. Terry and I were in bed by 11:00 and slept soundly through the rest of the night.

Possum Kingdom State Park - Sunday, April 22, 2007

We woke around 7:30. I immediately put on a pot of coffee. I looked out the window and saw Steve was out walking Winston, their dog. We were still full from all the food we had eaten yesterday so we decided to fix a very light breakfast. On the menu this morning:

After eating breakfast we decided to start packing up so we could head for home. We were ready to pull out around 11:00. We said our goodbyes to our friends and headed for home. We arrived at the storage facility a couple of hours later. Next on our agenda was our "big" trip for the year. The middle of May we're headed to the Davis Mountains and Davis Mountain State Park. We were so excited. The trip was scheduled for last year but we had to cancel and reschedule.

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