Red River County: Where we call home
Caryl has a new favorite corner of Texas since March, 2008 when God led her and husband Ron to the seat of Red River County. She loves the rich history of Clarksville, her new home The Peaceable, and all of the Red River Valley. Yes, the rolling prairies and heavily timbered land helped win her affections, but its people endeared it all the more. Though not a native—born in California, but came to Texas when she was six months old—she claims she’s a true blue, loyal lover of the great Lone Star State.
Yes, the rolling prairies and heavily timbered land helped win her affections, but its people endeared it all the more. Though not a native—born in California, but came to Texas when she was six months old—she claims she’s a true blue, loyal lover of the great Lone Star State.
Enjoying fishing, deer and hog hunting
The fishin’ lake on the property got stocked five years ago and the McAdoo boys pull out trophy bass as long as their arms! This is Matt McAdoo, Caryl’s firstborn. They also enjoy hog hunting, most of the times with dogs when those crazy fellers take the wild hogs alive!
The lake is a lovely place to just sit and reflect even if not a fisherman.
There’s a hog hunt in book three of the Texas Romance family saga series, HOPE REBORN and also in the contemporary Red River Romance SING A NEW SONG! We’ll all thank goodness that she didn’t post a photo of the hog hunts because those can get pretty gross! They are fun to read about though!
And she’s quick to tell you that the meat is wonderful, nothing like any pork found in a grocery store. I remember telling the Detroit Meat Locker (that’s a little town between Clarksville and Paris) to get us some bacon . . . but he explained that those hogs have no bacon because they aren’t at all fat!
The McAdoos like deer hunting, too, in season November through January, and not only the guys! Matt’s firstborn, my oldest granddaughter Naomi, her new sister-in-love (brother Seth’s wife) Shaey, and my daughter’s third daughter Joi love hunting, too, The grandsugars visit much more often during deer season 🙂 But anytime they come, O’Pa and Grami are ready to cook up some huge breakfasts and get lots of great hugs!
The land in these parts is absolutely beautiful in every season. The whispering breezes through the pines in spring with all the new budding green everywhere, walks along dry creekbeds in summer, finding washed up the gorgeous colors of autumn when the leaves dance their last praise before the Lord, and in the winter, when every year or eight we might get a snow and it all turns into a winter wonderland.
That’s Caryl’s house peeking out behind ice-laden branches. It’s rare, a snow in Texas, and never lasts more than a day or two.
Country living totally agrees with this lady, and she loves trail rides on her horse, Bliss–they share a birthday, May 3rd, and have been together since Bliss was six months old. Living in such a place with horses and goats, dogs, cats, and chickens aplenty is a lifelong dream fulfilled . . .
She also enjoys racing over the acres on the four-wheeler!
When the house was completed, and she and Ron moved to the ranch in July, 2013, she gave up the goats for a smartphone and for her husband’s back’s sake—he toted all the fifty-pound feed sacks—and Bliss and Uncle Dan, Matt’s horse, are living with him now in nearby DeKalb, but she visits often.
There’s no place like home
But she knows that she knows this is where God wants her and Ron to be, and they love it. She can no longer imagine living in the city with all its smog and noise and awful traffic and starless night skies. She still gasps when venturing out after dark and the kazillion stars twinkling over her corner of Texas. And like Dorothy in Kansas, Caryl also says, “There’s no place like home!”
Red River County, gateway to Texas
Pines grow tall in Northeast Texas, shading the hardwoods and competing with the cedars for their place in the sun. She tells the story that when she first saw the Welcome to Red River County, Gateway to Texas, she got glory bumps all over!
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