After collecting bits and pieces of camping equipment for the past few months, I decided it was time to actually put this stuff to use. I try to keep my weekends free for my family, this includes my Friday nights. I planned to head out to Lake Benbrook Tuesday afternoon after work and attempt to be back home Wednesday morning in time to shower, get dressed, and be off to work by 8:oo AM. As it turned out, packing up and leaving camp took longer than expected. I arrived home just before 8:30 AM. I ended up taking the day off since I had some family business to take care of anyway.
I was thankful that the bike lane was shaded on the ride out.
This is one of the newer sections of the Trinity Trails that leads out towards Lake Benbrook.
I had some some trouble getting water boiled for my Ramen noodles. I took two stoves, an old Esbit stove and a French military stove (pictured). They both use Esbit fuel tablets. I set up my gear as a windscreen and started off using the French stove. The water got hot but didn't boil before the fuel tablet burnt out. I tried again with the Esbit stove with the same results.
The noodles turned out alright. I will be looking for a new stove with a good windscreen.
I put the rainfly on the tent for privacy until it was dark. My camp site was near the boat ramp and there was foot traffic going by tent until about 9:00 PM. When I took the fly off I was surprised at how transparent the mesh walls were at night. I had a great view of the stars.
This is where one park ends and another begins. You have to lift your bike over the low spot on the fence. The ride back along the lake was excellent. It was still cool and I had a tailwind the whole way.