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Texas Heat Hitting the Water and Beating the
While July in Texas brings hot temperatures, it also brings outdoor activities like barbecues, swim parties, visits to the lake, and hopefully a summer vacation. As a kid, I grew up spending many Fourths of July on the lake. We would either rent a cabin or take our camper to Lake Cypress. It's a small lake in East Texas, just south of Mt. Vernon off I-30. It is the best recreational lake for our family due to how close it is to my parents’ house in Sulphur Springs. It’s where I learned how to drive a boat, water-ski, and tube. I have many fond memories out on that lake. We still take the boat out there when we are in the area. Of course, Lake Cypress has changed over the years, and the old cabins we used to rent aren't even there anymore. We did rent a house out there a couple of times last summer. This summer, we don't have anything booked as of yet, but I'm hoping to get some time set aside to go out there. Locally, we mostly take the boat out to Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie. I enjoy hanging out on the water either just relaxing or pulling tubers, wakeboarders, and skiers. I especially enjoy pulling younger kids around on the tube who have never experienced boating activities. They’re always so excited to give it a try. I know how much fun I had
spending time out on the boat as a kid, and I like to be able to see that enjoyment in kids now.
That said, my body just doesn't take falls as easily as it used to. I grew up slalom skiing and eventually wakeboarded a little. When I take a fall now attempting one of those activities — which require speeds of 20- plus mph — I feel it a lot more than when I was a kid. The falls just aren't as graceful as I've aged.
Cleo loves boat rides!
Nowadays, I prefer wakesurfing behind the boat. The speed is only about 10 mph, and the falls don't hurt nearly as bad. Wakesurfing didn't even exist when I was a kid, or if it did, I wasn't aware of it. It's one of the most popular activities on North Texas lakes nowadays and for good reason. It is a lot of fun. In more recent summers, I've spent some time on Lake Grapevine, Lake Lewisville, Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake, Benbrook Lake, and even Possum Kingdom Lake. Following a wet spring, I’m hoping the lakes are full and we don’t experience drought as we have in the past. I recall one summer that I could nearly walk across Lake Benbrook. Last year, my brother ended up selling his camper. I'm hoping he buys another one so I can borrow it this summer! As I write this, it’s reminding me that I need to schedule a vacation. I've been so focused on building a law firm that I haven't had a vacation in a while. It's important to keep a nice balance in life and take a break every once in a while, and I need to heed that advice for myself. For anyone who does have a vacation planned and will be hitting the water, do keep in mind many of our great lakes will be packed with boaters, waterskiers, paddleboarders, you name it. I encourage everyone to be careful, as there will be intoxicated boaters out there too. Stay safe and have fun out there!
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