Posted by: The Arcadian | December 23, 2011

Over the River and Through the Woods…

…to Grandma’s house we go

One of our family traditions is literally that song. Every year we head “down to the river” for our family Christmas gathering with my mother’s people. I live in rural Texas, and this is an hour out into the bush from where I live. It’s remote, really remote. Your cell phone won’t work and you had better have plenty of gas in your car in case you get caught down there when the river rises during a storm because you will have to take “the back way” out, which adds an extra hour to the trip.

“The River” is in Shackelford** County on the Brazos River. We drive until the pavement ends, then keep driving and driving and driving. This area is very much a part of the Frontier History of Texas. Some of the land was once a Comanche Indian reservation. It also had a civil war era medical station on it. We’ve seen all manner of skittish wildlife like mountain lions and bald eagles.

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that most of Texas and the western U.S. were like this. You really are in the middle of nowhere.

We actually go through the woods before we cross the river.

Over the river ... This is Daws Crossing on the Brazos.

Comanche Indian Reserve.

This is Grandma's house.

No rare beasts today, just cattle and deer.

Beautiful sunset. Thank you handy iPhone camera.

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Responses

  1. **Just a note of clarity. “The River” house is actually in Throckmorton County; it borders Shackelford County and it’s the Clear Fork of the Brazos. I stand corrected, Mawmaw. 🙂


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