16 Oct 2012 Leave a Comment
Computer log coordinates to Fritch, TX…..
We started off a bit later than I wanted to, but we caught up since the time change was in our favor (I’m not sure how that worked out.) We made it to disc 5 of SOTW Vol.2 before lunch. We stopped in Dalhart to eat at a park and stretch our legs.
The kids played on the carousel and did a funny photo with the giant arrow.
We made it to Lake Meredith early and drove around to find a good spot to camp, the water was way down so no matter where we ended up we’d have a trek to swim. We didn’t settle on a spot and on our drive around to the other side of the lake we stopped in at the Lake Meredith Aquarium and Museum. Quite a long name for such a small museum. They claim to be ‘the attraction’ in Fritch and since the only other thing in town is a DQ, I guess they’re right. They had a tank with a gar and catfish in it and a few dioramas.
We did learn a lot about playas from a traveling exhibit that was at the museum and the kids dug for dinosaur bones for a bit.
Then we headed back to the lake and found a great spot to pitch our tent.
I took the girls to swim, the water was cold, but they didn’t seem to mind.
We swam for about an hour and then headed back to the tent to cook hot dogs and roast marshmallows.
It’s very cliche’, but it’s what we usually eat when we camp. Our camping spot was on top of the mesa overlooking the lake, it was a very nice spot to sit and watch the birds gather on the water.
After dinner we walked around looking at the flowers and shrubs, the girls used them to play a game.
Then we sat and watched the ‘Sunset over Lake Meredith’ channel (in HD!), nice.
Later we watched ‘The Stars at Night are Big and Bright….’ (really, the stars are big and bright anytime you are in the middle of nowhere, not just in TX.)
Lake Meredith has free camping in many spots around the lake, it’s pretty big. We found Fritch Fortress to be the best spot, nice bathrooms, grills and fire rings, shaded picnic tables and a great view. There are a couple of towns near it, Fritch and Sanford being two of them – though there isn’t much to either of those towns – but they do have food and gas (I assume Sanford has food and gas, we didn’t go through the whole town.) We’re camping here one night on the way back too (maybe…), so we might go to a different camping spot or stay here, but go to the other side of the dam to swim. The water is really low right now, it’s probably nicer when it’s higher (and there are probably fewer flies too, flies seem to like the dryness around here.)
See ya tomorrow….