Pink and blue sunset at the beach, Summer 2013

Sunset sky with shades of pink and blue, over blue beach waters
Pink and blue sunset at the beach. Galveston, Texas, summer 2013. Photo by Vernitra © 2022.

I remember this summer evening. My family drove out to Galveston and spent some time walking on the beach and playing in the water. I remember sitting in a canvas folding chair on the sand, watching and listening to the Gulf waves and reading Crooked House by Agatha Christie.

Tranquil trail toward the horizon, July 2019

Dirt trail on a grassy prairie, leading toward the horizon, under a blue and white sky
Tranquil trail toward the horizon. Prairie Trail at Brazos Bend State Park. Needville, Texas, July 2019. Photo by Vernitra © 2021.

I can still remember this hike on the Prairie Trail at Brazos Bend State Park, in Needville, Texas. Under the late-afternoon sky, the open prairie scene was picturesque and peaceful. As Brazos Bend is home to many alligators, often seen relaxing in the lake areas of the park, I remained on edge throughout my hike, keeping my eyes peeled and listening closely for rustling in the tall grass. While I don’t think the Prairie Trail is an alligator hideout—don’t take my word for it, I could be very, very wrong—I was still quite relieved and thankful to not have encountered any gators, snakes, or other frightening creatures on my walk.

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