Saturday, June 13, 2020

Bardwell Lake and a Visit to Waxahachie TX…


After our visit to College Station our time at Granger Lake ended and it was time to move on. We packed up the RV and drove north for about three hours until we pulled into the High Point COE Campground near Ennis Texas.


Over the years we have streamlined our set up time to a little less than 20 minutes so we are quickly able to enjoy our new destination. Our site was huge and we were happy to have a nice view of Bardwell Lake. This is an older COE park and could use a little upgrading as the age of the facilities is beginning to show. Not to mention there are a few huge potholes in the road.


It didn’t take us long to go out for our usual walk to check out the campground. Like most COE parks this campground is large and provides more than ample space to walk a few miles with great views of the lake. There is also a little marina inside the campground with a pay for use fishing pier.


While walking we came across a beautiful field of a spiked red flower known as standing cypress. It is quite striking by itself but it was amongst many other beautiful Texas wildflowers. It was an unexpected surprise. The Black Eyed Susan were abundant and blooming as well. Besides getting in some good walks the sunsets have been pretty nice as well.


My birthday snuck up me while we were here so we donned our Covid masks and made our way to the HEB to see what goodies they had for my birthday dinner. Luckily for me we found some fresh Chilean Sea Bass for a great price as this tasty fish is often $35 or more per pond. I also picked up some six packs of locally crafted IPA’s and had a fabulous dinner with our great finds. Yum!


We also made a road trip over to Waxahachie Texas and walked around the town square. Downtown featured a magnificent courthouse much like the one in Lockhart Texas. It was beautifully crafted and we heard one of the Italian stone masons of the courthouse was not allowed to date the mayor's daughter so some of the gargoyles are caricatures of the mayor which are hilarious.


The downtown was vibrant with some neat old buildings and a great vibe.  Sharon enjoyed their painted hearts scattered around town and found a Waxahachie mural painting on one of the old buildings.  Apparently there is an annual Gingerbread trail which is a tour of Victorian and gingerbread homes in town.  And who knew Waxahachie was the site for movies in the 1980s such as Tender Mercies, Places in the Heart  and The Trip to Bountiful. After visiting we could certainly understand why!


We loaded up on groceries while in Waxahachie. This will be the last HEB grocery store we see for a while so we stocked up on all of our favorites. Our time to leave has come and it is on to our next stop on the road of retirement while trying to dodge the ever present coronavirus…


NOTE: We are currently at Kiamichi COE Park near Hugo Oklahoma until June 18th…


  1. Don't expect we'll make it to Waxahachie, but it sure is a fun name to say. i have not seen a standing cypress sure would look good in our yard.

    1. Yes, we are certainly exploring places we wouldn't otherwise have explored due to the pandemic...

  2. It is strange the places the virus is taking us.

  3. We need to explore TX more, we have friends who live in Waxahachie, need to check it out. We miss HEB when we're out of TX. Happy Belated Birthday. Stay safe.

    1. Funny when you travel all over the USA how many different grocery stores you find.