A one-room tent sitting on a damp spot of ground and a plastic sack pantry hanging in a nearby tree — it’s not much, but to Dane Eckman it’s home.
While he may not look it, the 42-year-old has spent the last seven years living on the streets and now calls a wooded area next to a Lufkin park home. He’s hoping the briars and underbrush will protect his home from camp raiders and the authorities. His last spot, deep in the woods behind Grace Dunn Richardson Park, was discovered by Lufkin Police two weeks ago. The officer cited him for camping in the park. In his new refuge, Eckman said, so far the only intruders he has to worry with come on four legs — raccoons, opossums and armadillos.