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Texas Falls

 My brother holds a gathering at his home every year about this time. It was yesterday and it was a great time with family -- even a cousin who drove all the way from Rochester, NY -- but that's not what this post is about. My brother's place is at the edge of a National Forest area which includes Texas Falls. Dane said he had never been there before. Amy said she had never been there either although I am pretty certain we took her there when she was a kid. We left the party for a little while and made the half mile trip to see it. We viewed from above. There is a walking trail but we were making a brief visit.  Some inviting pools but seimming is not allowed. Dane (unguarded moment) We remarked about how late the fall leaves show seems to be this year. Usually there are way more signs that color will erupt in all kinds of fall glory, but it's still pretty green here.
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