I live in the "sticks" on 200 acres w/two stock tanks of apx two surface acres each (ponds to the rest of the US--stocks tanks in Texas!) about 2 miles from the city limits of a small town on a semi paved road (depending on whether or not the county has money for patching--goes to dirt at the top of the hill), and have deer, turkey, dove, duck, quail, beaver, fox, porcupine, racoons, opossums, cougar, skunk, bobcat, a large selection of reptiles (including lots of Diamond Back Rattler, Copperheads, Water Mocassins, and Coral snakes) and a whole slew of little 4 legged furry critters that seem to want to move into my house every year when it gets cold. My tanks have native black bass up to about 8lbs that are extremly difficult to catch (smaller ones are easy to catch!), along with several varieties of pan fish, and catfish. Spring time is an artist's canvas of wild flowers and the fall--well in this part of Texas we are usually a brown color from lack of rain and extreme heat during the summer. The winter is colder per degree than any other place I have ever been (even though we don't have that much cold!) and the summer is miserably hot & humid--until the heat burns off the humidity in July and it gets just plain hot!
I LOVE TEXAS!!!!!!! :inlove:
And now you know why I will always have a 4x4 gas guzzeling SUV. We plan to buy another one later this year (maybe a Jeep Cherokee Limited). We bought a used one for my oldest daughter and her husband last summer and really like the way it rides with it's full time 4x4 drive.
Patricia, I know the feeling well about mall shopping---55-65 miles one way whether I go north to Ft. Worth or South to Waco. I know about the insects in Mississippi also---You can keep them!!! However, that swamp sounds like it would be a really neat place to get into--especially to do some photography! The real insect problem around here for the last several years has been fire ant infestation and grasshopper plagues! We may be also looking at a problem with Africanized Honey bees in the next several years--unfortunately.
Open invitation: If any forum member ever makes it to Walnut Springs, just stop at the Lumber Yard or the Post Office and they will tell you how to get here!!! If you have a camper, I have plenty of camping space!
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