Memorial Day on the Bayou

Reflecting on freedom during a walk on the bayou.

Have you ever visited the bayou in East Texas? If not, then you are missing out. It’s not for everyone but for me it’s about as good as it gets. 

It’s where cypress tress become their own, where nature roams between the trees and morning mist is almost always present.

This Memorial Day weekend we have been working on our house.  We’re very close to being finished and the excitement for move in day is quickly approaching.

Prior to starting this build and present day, we have been living in our 23 ft. travel trailer.  After residing in many RV parks, we recently found our favorite, Backwater Jacks RV.

This park is peaceful and it’s right on the bayou with cabins, RV hookups and places to put a tent.  I will warn you though cell reception is the pits. 

Backwater Jacks is busy on the weekends and packed on the holidays.  This doesn’t bother us much because we’ve met some neat people and we’re rarely here.  I will tell you up front the owners are the nicest people I’ve ever met.

But last night as I went for a walk, I noticed a group of kids riding bikes.  They were from different campsites and these kids were having the time of their lives. They were simply being kids, creating new friendships and not one had a phone in their hand.  

They were living in the moment and I stood there smiling. I thought about the movies “Stand by Me” and "Goonies" as I watched, kids being kids and it was a great thing…

The walk continued and I began to reflect on Memorial Day and the freedom that many of us hold dear. I’m a believer that our freedom is a gift from God. 

I also reflected on those who were brave to fight for this freedom in some of the worst conditions known to man. My reflections turned into gratitude as I remembered the people, who never came home when they chose to protect our freedom.  

Taking my thoughts, a step further I prayed for those who are currently trying to preserve our freedoms.  

Think about that for a moment, fight for, protect and preserve our freedom.  It was quiet on this walk offering me plenty of time to think clearly. 

We are so blessed in this country beyond measure and it really is a beautiful Memorial Day weekend here in East Texas.

I’m choosing to remember those who never came home because they were fearless to fight, fearless to protect and fearless to preserve our God given freedom…


For all you campers add Backwater Jacks to your list for places to visit.

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