Jefferson, TX & Caddo Lake Cruise
My cousin Nancy & her husband picked us up for a tour of Jefferson, TX prior to a scheduled cruise on Caddo Lake. She has always loved Jefferson & we had never been there. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day with some drizzles, so rather than walk around, we just took a slow drive to view the stately homes & beautifully landscaped yards. It is quite impressive. They occasionally open up the homes for tours (like around the holidays or when the azeleas are blooming), but nothing was going on this afternoon. Several of the homes are now B&B's too. Jefferson has a historic history as a thriving port city from the 1800's.
Ate a late lunch at McGarity's Saloon in Jefferson. It was awesome! George & I had Shepard's Pie & it was served in a ceramic dish with a brown mash potato crust over a lusciously delicious filling of ground meat, carrots, peas, & onions. We cleaned the plate! It had been a hard choice, the hamburgers were huge & looked wonderful! Also enjoyed a Red Irish Belgium Style beer. The decorations on all the walls were great fun & it was a lovely experience over all.
Captain Ron was complaining that the water is controlled by the Corp of Engineers upriver in Texas & were currently refusing to allow any water to be released right now. It's causing severe lowering of the water & stagnation. The normal current is completely blocked. The first part of the cruise was on fairly open water, but it was beginning to smell of plant residue since it was stagnant.
There were directions signs marking the boat lanes. He kept assuring us that the lanes were well marked & there was no chance of getting lost. He constantly encouraged us to come back on our own, earlier in the year when the water was flowing. We got tickled at this one sign about Designated Camping - never saw anything that looked like a place you could camp & remain dry!!!! The signs with arrow & oar designate a canoe lane.
He took us a bit further than he normally goes - this was his last evening cruise of the season. We made it to the end of Carter Lake where there is a "Bridge to Nowhere." It was apparently built in the early 1900's to access some oil drilling sites & they are no longer functional. Access to the bridge doesn't even had a road anymore, but he says he occasionally sees a family on the bridge fishing.