Besides the notoriety of that "you can't make this stuff up" movie called Bernie, East Texas offers a bucket load of sights and offerings for the local and visitor alike. The piney woods and Caddo Lake are a nature lover's delight; good southern eats like fried catfish and grits abound (and squirrel if you're so inclined); history rests behind every corner; and that red dirt has spawned more than one American icon including the likes of George Jones, Janis Joplin, and Matthew McConaughey (sigh...).
On a recent visit to see my two sons attending school in Tyler, Texas, we had a couple of free days to dip our toes in the East Texas swamp of things to do and decided upon one berry fine way to spend an afternoon... picking berries, of course!
I adore anything berry, and there's nothing like a bowl full of summer beauties bathed in cold whipped cream to tickle the tummy. Major yum. So the opportunity to get my hands stained with some fresh-picked berry juice sounded divine. Fortunately, both sons were game for that, as well. Not that the promise of home-made cobbler made any difference, I'm sure.
Paula A. Reynolds
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