Archive for May, 2012
Things Get Delightfully Wilder on the back side of Doe Skin Ranch.. the Indian Meadows loop really takes you out into the quiet.. Road noise drops off.. and it has a great feel of being out there.. Classic Hill country terrain.. and it can be HOT.. but on this beautiful spring day it was perfect..
The Balconies National Wildlife refuge has opened a new area called Indian Meadows, I should not say its new as its now been around for over 5 years..but it still makes for a nice extension to the hike. Seen here.. the Front country then the top past the climb.. the final shot being the entry to Indian Meadows
In the next couple photos you can see the old corner of a ranch property and in the one below you can see the old Rock wall that formed some type of boundary for the ranch that was here well before the park.. the other shots are from the creek walk to the crossing before the climb.
Next up was the Hike to Doe Skin Ranch, in the Balconies National Wildlife Refuge, and honestly one of my personal favorites here in Central Texas. Early in the hike I spied a Scissors Tail Fly Catcher before heading up the Balconies..
Decker Lake is a dog walk.. but really a great fishing spot..and picnic area. They hold Triathalons here all the time.. but on this late afternoon.. it was just Jen and I, and the Dogs..
We often take the dogs to Decker Lake for a romp.. they can range and roam around and we get a nice 3.5 mile walk. On this occasion the Prickly pear Cactus were all just blooming and in the late afternoon light the park was stunning.
Chris Ran the 10 in 20 race.. or something like that.. basically, 10 miles, 20 stages with bands.. so every half mile you ran by a stage with a band playing..Shown here..Chris really digging the Vallejo at the Finish line! And some Arty shots from around the Domain..
We reached nearly the end of the McKinney Roughs hike and after a pretty good climb we were rewarded with Views of the entire Colorado river Valley.. so nice..a short hop and we were back at the car and the Pups were passed out!
We Hiked along the river for a good mile or so, and then we had to start the climb back up to the Savannah We Crossed a small bridge and the wild flowers started to peak out again!
Or Should I say..A..Colorado river.. or even better.. The Colorado river of Texas! It flows all the way to the gulf of Mexico and its getting more and more popular for folks to paddle the river the whole way..Here we finally come off the ridge down to the river at McKinney Roughs. The dogs were ready for a little plunge.