This is going to be a long post. I can tell.
I haven't been to Bastrop State Park in well over 8 years. It was the first state park I have ever been to. It's what started this whole mess. It was literally the most beautiful place I had been to (at the time). Bastrop is also known as "Lost Pines" since the trees are very different from other trees in the region:
"The Lost Pines Forest is a 13-mile (21 km) belt of loblolly pines (Pinus taeda) in the U.S. state of Texas, near the town of Bastrop. The stand of pines is unique in Texas because it is a disjunct population of trees that is more than 100 miles separated from, and yet closely genetically related to, the vast expanse of pine trees of the Piney Woods region that covers parts of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma." [source]
I had heard that the place was hit by wildfires in 2011 and was very upset. The place holds a very special place in my soul and the damage was very apparent. It was really heartbreaking. Most of the park was burned (except for the camping areas). I had been wanting to post about Bastrop since I started this blog, but I wanted to share it with you, the way I remembered it.