I have heard about “Uncertain” town in Texas, which is located on the shore of Caddo Lake, about 6 months ago. I was quite certain that I would make a visit to the place partly inspired by the name of the town, and mostly inspired by snaps that I have seen on a friend’s FB wall and then on the net. This place is about 3 ½ hrs from Dallas, and so I was certain that I would make it one day to take snaps and video. However, until late evening yesterday, it was uncertain who would join me for the trip, if I were going to make it. Finally, Prasanna, Purnima, and I took 3-hour trip to the lake, and then took 2-hour private boat ride, and then returned after it, to make it for evening fireworks.
Wiki says, Caddo derives its name from surveyors who were attempting to delineate the border between Texas and Louisiana and discovered that they were “uncertain” as to which side of the line they were on as they began surveying that particular part of Caddo Lake. Caddo Lake is a 25,400 acres lake and wetland on the border between Texas and Louisiana. The lake is named after the Southeastern culture of Native Americans called Caddoans or Caddo, who lived in the area until their expulsion in the 19th century. It features the largest cypress forest in the world, which attracted me to this place.
I had spoken to Marti Alford (of http://www.caddolake.info/tours.htm) just 24 hours ago, and booked the private boat trip and paid little premium price, and it was worth it. The place is very serene, and surreal. It was quite unbelievably that such a place does exist in Texas. I am most certain that, I would be making a visit to this place again in Fall to enjoy the lake in fall colors (per suggestion from Marti), and possibly stay over night, and do a formal photography tour. Marti did mention that we could call her and confirm that fall colors did arrive, before starting to this place. She was quite friendly, and engaging during the ride. Coincidentally, her kids’ live in Dallas, likes yoga, and does meditation, and most interestingly digs on Indian food :-). I told her, I would pack biryani for her during my next trip to Caddo.
Here is the 4-minute video from trip to Caddo lake. Some of the footage has been shot using my new toy GoPro Hero 3+. See if you can spot the footage exclusively shot on GoPro.