The eagle is a good sign

Submitted by Lisa Tankersley

For years my daughter, Kim,  and I would go camping, just the two of us. We loved to travel and we would stop at any Texas state park we came to, either to camp or just drive through to enjoy the sights. I was married at the time but my husband would never go with us.

Years later, after the daughter was grown, I met a wonderful man through a coworker. Our first date was to Galveston. We had a great time sharing our likes and family stories and we discovered that we both love nature, camping, reading and the water. 

Our first weekend together we camped at Martin Dies, Jr. State Park. It is located between Jasper and Woodville and is one of the most beautiful state parks I have ever been to.

Our weekend was so much fun and we got pictures of a this gorgeous Bald Eagle. The park staff said they hadn't seen one in the last two years. So we took that as a good sign. From that time on, anytime we could get away, that is where we would be. We would camp, fish or just go swimming. 


We made the decision to get married during the last few months of 2010. I kept trying to decide where to hold the wedding. Neither of us wanted a big wedding as we had both been married before but I felt that both of our families would want to be there to share the occasion with us. After months of trying to decide, I finally went with what both of us really wanted: Martin Dies, Jr. State Park.

We married May 14, 2011. We coordinated with the park employees about all the details and all was beautiful and so painless. We said our vows on a lovely spot right in front of the water.

The weather was cool and breezy and spot we picked was beautiful. My brother played the guitar and my sister-in-law sang "My Best Friend". My son walked me to my future husband, Billy, who was standing by his best friend. My oldest daughter was waiting to stand as my Maid of Honor. We had about 50 family and friends there to share this special moment with us.

After our beautiful wedding we went to the conference building and had a great fish fry and shared a joyful reception with our guest. After the guests left we went to the cabin we had reserved for the rest of the weekend.

As we both continue to enjoy nature and camping, will always have a soft spot in our hearts for any Texas State Park, especially Martin Dies.


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