Mineral Wells, Texas

Planning a camping trip to Mineral Wells State Park over July 4th was not our smartest idea but we had a full week off and made the most of it.  

Lake Mineral Wells Overlook

We setup our trailer and had most of the lake to ourselves due to the high temperatures, drought, and area burn ban at the beginning of July.  

We took advantage of slightly cooler temps in the afternoon to fish the park's lake (Lake Mineral Wells) and to hike at the park's Penitentiary Hollow, one of the few natural rock climbing venues in North Texas.

A maze of sandstone conglomerate bluffs named Penitentiary Hollow

In the evening we attempted a little night time sky photography but clouds rolled in when a summer storm attempted to gather enough power to dump some rain on us.  Needless to say it didn't rain but it did ruin our photography!

Oops we forgot the remote shutter!

The week following our camping trip to Mineral Wells State Park, TK, was asked to photograph stills for a short Indie movie at a movie set called Capernaum Village (1st Century Village) near Peaster, Texas.  We decided to take advantage of an air conditioned ride in the truck to visit the movie set before the shoot.

Part of the 1st Century movie set

Part of the Biblical Gardens located on the property

Another view of the 1st Century set

Not wanting to depart from the cool truck AC we headed back west of Mineral Wells to the Mineral Wells Fossil Beds where we spent a total of 20 minutes in the heat searching for rocks - legally!

View looking over the fossil beds


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