I snapped this picture of the droopy bald cypress forest at Caddo Lake a couple weeks ago on a day trip with Mr. W and his family. We spent the Fourth of July hanging out on a dock overlooking the lake named for its former inhabitants — the Caddo Indians — who settled here in the 1600s. The wetlands wind through the northeast border of Texas and Louisiana for over 26,000 acres, calling both states home. We’re told alligators are commonplace at Caddo. Thankfully they stayed out of sight on our visit, but a pontoon boat ride through the bayous and ponds did reveal some unsuspecting turtles hidden among a labyrinth of lily pads. Good ‘ole gator bait, I’m afraid.