By Miguel Alberto Novoa, MPIA 2015

All that glitters is not gold; in fact, it may be that spectacular lake right next to the Allen building. I reached this realization after viewing the lake’s surface sparkle as the sun shined upon the small waves formed by the cold winter wind. The sight is amazing, especially at noon, when viewing it from the third floor of the Allen building.

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Full-view image of the lake on Texas A&M University's West Campus, right next to the Allen building and The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum.

I find no exaggeration in claiming that, at least for a brief moment, reality and imagination collide and become one.

The best time to visit the area is during the non-winter seasons, but its tranquil atmosphere lasts all year. Surrounding the lake are numerous flower bushes whose blossom reveals a visual and aromatic splendor unsurpassed by any other location in the university. The only negative aspect of it are the insects, particularly the wasps, but they are all part of the natural bundle that provides life to this captivating zone.

If flowers and insects are not of your greatest interest, other fun activities can be carried out around the lake. A horseshoe pit, with two properly installed stakes, is located in the west side. Sadly, I have yet to find the horseshoes for the game, and I doubt anyone attends the school with an available set of them. This side of the lake also has an alternate entrance which connects to a shaded area with chairs from which one can sit and enjoy the view, read a book, or listen to music.

If this passivity does not conform to your kind of entertainment, you can also try fishing with barb-less hooks. Fishing in general has never been a subject of interest, but I have noticed a significant number of recreational fishermen make a stop by the lake. It must all surely be a breathtaking experience, especially for the fish.

Next time you have some time to spare, pay a visit to this man-made splendor.