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    Lake Tyler Campout Quicky

    This was a spur of the moment trip but my girl wanted to go camping so off we went, who I'm I to say no to really get to try out my hammock.hehehe.
    A little weather info to set the stage, arrived at 2pm SAT 96* THI 110* got a great spot lots of big trees close to the lake on a small hill, a nice lake breeze. We clean up the camp area ( teaching her LNT)setup camp, cook a late lunch, and this is where I should change to CRITTER report instead of trip report, as we are eating we are being watch without our knowing,while my girl is changing for swimming I stretch out in my hammock purely for testing purposes.lol I here a chirping sound no bird or squirrel but a raccoon sitting on a tree limb about 8' above my feet just looking at me, all I could think of was a post on here about the squirrel that ran down the tree across the ridgeline an back up. oh**** luckily I got a pic , this would not be the last encounter... got up secured the food and went swimming. At the swim area we got to see another strange critter there also it was one of those pacific paddle surfers Tried to get a pic but he was down on his knees by then very cool guy to talk to, he said that paddle surfing used every muscle you have and then some without moving, anyway after a couple of hours we went back to camp, check around no coon, started dinner, ate, cleaning up i take the the trash over to the can an who should pop up? yep U guessed it. We played card games until about 11 then turned in for the night, then the fun started, ok during the evening i raise my hammock up since our friend was scurrying around about 2.5' well about 2 am all h*** broke loose.. WWE coon verses possum.. under my hammock,I grab my headlamp,, nothing but teeth, everywhere teeth ,growls, hissing,barking oh my, I grab my hiking pole and slap the tree,and they break for cover, sorta, the coon stayed close by, I got my spot light and looked around an yep still here w/3 babies an momma close by. they finally wondered off . In the morning my daughter wakes me up to see 9 deer gazing along the road. like I said Critter reportall in all we had a great camp-out seen a lot of critters5 coons 1 possum 9 deer an 1 paddlesurfer and found a Kershaw OD1 during clean up at beach area.. Heres some pic, I gotta get a new camera.
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    Excellent "Critter Report"! Communing with with mother nature err mother coon is always interesting and sometimes hair raising. Sounds like a fun time.
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    Man ...... that is hot. Was in Tyler last year and sweated all the time!!!!
    I thought that picture of the racoon ...was standing on your tri-pod grill.
    Acro-coon!
    Good report and I perspired a wee bit reading it.
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    That coon is BIIIIG!!!

    Nice report...
    Get a new camera when you can....
    Wonderful fire you made...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppabear View Post
    Excellent "Critter Report"! Communing with with mother nature err mother coon is always interesting and sometimes hair raising. Sounds like a fun time.
    Yeah my girl loved all the Critters, pretty entertaining to watch it climb in an out the trash can, kinda forget about the heat...kinda.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Man ...... that is hot. Was in Tyler last year and sweated all the time!!!!
    I thought that picture of the racoon ...was standing on your tri-pod grill.
    Acro-coon!
    Good report and I perspired a wee bit reading it.
    Shug
    Hey Shug, yep it was Hot! the lake an breeze made it bearable but the coon made it perfect. The coon grill shot was a complete suprise, I didn't realize it until uploaded,I was really expecting some comments about Texas Bar BQ or animal abuse on that one I know this wasn't much of a trip report but I don't live in them Exotic placses like you all do, so I take what I can get.

    Quote Originally Posted by TOB9595 View Post
    That coon is BIIIIG!!!

    Nice report...
    Get a new camera when you can....
    Wonderful fire you made...
    Tom
    Yeah his was good size, he sounded bigger that night A new camera is a must, Hopefully I can get some imput on that. Fires I love my fires,even in 100+ temps

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    Nice critter/trip report! Are you going to make it to the Texas hang when the weather finally cools off a bit this fall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostCause View Post
    Nice critter/trip report! Are you going to make it to the Texas hang when the weather finally cools off a bit this fall?
    Are you kidding, me with all my DIY stuff for all you veteran senior hangers to pick apart and bring me to almost tears
    Heck, I wouldn't miss it for the world, bring on the destructive,opps I mean constructive criticism.

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    nice report. but you're right...if you camp, you gotta have a fire, you know it helps with bugs.
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    Thanks Backcountry, Yeah something about a small camp fire just makes it right.
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    Great report. Coon pix are usually difficult -- this big guy was apparently in no mood to skip your camp chow.
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