Parker County Today January 2018 - Page 86

our pastimes: ADVENTURES IN GLAMPING Glamp Across Texas … State Park — And Beyond Meridian Nothing Middle of the Road About It By MARK BROWN O ur latest adventure involved a great camping trip to Meridian State Park. Such a terrific and beautiful place. Meridian State Park is near the City of Meridian in Bosque County and is a 505.4-acre park. A rock and earthen dam was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) on Bee Creek to form the park’s 72-acre lake. The land was acquired from private owners in 1933 – 1935. The park was opened to the public in 1935. Tonkawa Indians once lived in the area before the arrival of white settlers. They also occupied the area prior to 1841. The Texas-Santa Fe expedition of 1841 passed through Bosque County near the present site of the park in Bosque Valley. Great, pull-through camper sites, the top group has full hookups, and the scenery is fantastic. We hiked, took a lot of photos, cooked, and had great campfires. We cooked campfire breakfasts every morning and Saturday night was chicken fried steak night, with Dutch Oven Biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, then home- made fried pies. All of this was cooked on our campfires! Texas does a great job with its State Parks. I highly recommend this park. Denise and Mark Brown having fun at Meridian State Park 84