As every Texan knows, the primary rule for surviving a summer in Texas is pretty straightforward: Don’t burst into flames.
That’s right, it’s crazy hot here in Texas during the summer. And that explains why a state with only one natural lake decided to create hundreds of lakes throughout the state to make up the deficit. When faced with the summertime heat, nothing beats jumping into a nice cool lake.
Last weekend, we spent the weekend at Lake Bonham with some friends. Although one of the smaller lakes in Texas at only 65 acres, the lake is packed with tons of fun. Additionally, due to its smaller size and the number of lakes throughout the state, Lake Bonham is relatively quiet and free from the loud and obnoxious folks you might find at other lakes around the state.
So, what all did we do at Lake Bonham?
Fishing was probably the favorite activity of three of the four boys we had at the lake. For the most part, the boys fished off the dock. They caught a ton of bluegill. In fact, there are likely no more bluegill in the lake! Seriously though, the boys could not pull Bluegill out of the lake fast enough. They also caught a couple of catfish, but never got the largemouth bass they were hoping for.
Swimming was great fun. Although the lake was pretty warm in the shallow areas near the dock, going out on the boat guaranteed deeper water and cooler temperatures. We had a lot of fun sitting on the boat in the sun and then diving into the lake to cool off. The lake is mostly 8 to 12 feet deep everywhere, so diving in was perfectly safe. Just don’t let the boat float away!
Tubing (Two Kinds)
We did two kinds of tubing: floating and boating. The floating kind of tubing was mostly for the adults. Lounging in the lake in the heat of the day was a great way to relax. Unfortunately, the boys did not find anything entertaining about lounging in the lake. They used this time to work on their flips, twists, and dives off the dock.
Riding the tube behind the boat was more the boys’ speed. Even though Lake Bonham isn’t a huge lake, there is plenty of room for pulling a tube behind a boat. Although the boys enjoyed pulling fish out of the lake, I think riding the tube behind the boat was probably their favorite part of the weekend.
Normally, we do a lot of cooking with this group. We decided that this weekend we wanted to focus on the lake and hanging out. That meant that we would need to find something for the whole group on Saturday night. We decided to try a relatively new place called Shepard’s Bar-B-Q. I think we may have been the first group to order the 3 pound family meal! The food was really good, although I highly recommend the Cowboy Beans.
And of course, beer. Until recently, the closes place to buy beer was in Oklahoma. Now, things have gotten a little wetter in Bonham, and beer and wine can be had. We found that the local grocery store carried a pretty impressive selection of craft beers. Although we had brought our own collection of Central Texas brews, we found ourselves running dry before the weekend was over.