In 2011 Bastrop State Park suffered a devastating fire.
Roughly a year later, I wanted to see a meteor shower and decided to go camping. Everyone else did too, so camping spots were impossible to find.
In fact, I called all Texas State Parks within a three hour radius and only one had a spot. It was the last spot in Bastrop State Park. I took it. I was so focused on finding a place to sleep under the stars that I had forgotten about the awful fires in Bastrop.
The trees should have been full of green, but most where just skeletons.
We set up a tent, made use of our Coleman stove to make dinner, and built a fire. It was a beautiful night, but the cloud cover ruined any chance of seeing the meteor shower.
After we cleaned up our gear, I took this shot of our camp site. We had set up everything in the dark, so we didn’t have a full grasp on the landscape until morning.
Now, two years later, the park is still rebuilding and planting trees. 96% of the park was affected by the fire, but firefighters were able to save cabins built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
May your journey be your muse,