This past week, the weather has been, to say the least, PERFECT in our neck of the woods in Texas (San Antonio area). Simply incredible; short sleeve shirts, shorts and hiking shoes. Being our visit in the San Antonio area is drawing to a close, we seem to be jam-packing left out excursions we’ve seemed to either overlook or time simply caught up to us.
We’ve found, in our case, the best time to visit the hiking trails is weekday mornings while all the little darlings are in school and others are at work. We pretty much have the trails to ourselves.
So we got up somewhat early, dressed and laced up our hiking shoes and set out on a couple hour ride to a mysterious place in Texas…Enchanted Rock, an enormous pink granite pluton batholith located in the Llano Uplift; approximately 17 miles north of Fredericksburg, Texas and 24 miles south of Llano, Texas. It is gorgeously set in the ‘Hill Country’ of Texas.
We’ve done a little research beforehand which made us decide to not leave this one off of our hiking itinerary.
For accuracy, we are sharing the details from the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area website:
You’ll notice in some of our photos that there were rocks that looked like mushroom stems; like someone sheered off all the button caps right off of them. This, geologically speaking though, is through the test of time, the weather elements wearing away the rock forming these magnificent structures.
The rock though, was in fact, a gorgeous pink granite. I kept thinking, “there’s a lot of counter tops here!”
The rock was, naturally cracked in several places from the shifting of earth; some tiny but large enough for a bird or the wind to drop a seed that later becomes vegetation.
Other cracks were large enough to fit a small animal. Please note, in the advisement rules of the park, hikers with dogs are required to have their animals on leashes because some have been known to literally get caught in the cracks.
As we made our way up to the “Little Rock” (adjacent to Enchanted Rock), we crested for a beautiful 360 degree panoramic view of Texas Hill Country. We sat a minute for a water break, snack and oh yeah, take a call from a best friend in Kentucky (Roger, you’ll never believe what we’re doing right now!?”)
Once we finished our snack, we picked ourselves up for more hiking and more geological treasure finding.
We had to laugh at times because we were walking sideways…took us back to moments when we were in the Coast Guard walking in the passageways of our ship underway in a storm.
Dan loved to do the climbing…Lisa, not so much. That falling and skinning knees was always on her mind, not to mention, her knee wouldn’t allow it.
It was a dry day; in fact, it’s been a dry winter, so when we saw a leaching rock spring with other wildlife, it was a welcome sight. But you can see how moisture on the rock glistens its slickness. Imagine the whole Enchanted Rock when it rains.
After several hours, we called it a day as we had a dinner commitment in Kerrville, not to far from Fredericksburg with some of our other RV Heartland friends we met last year at the National Rally in Indiana. Before we packed it in Captain America (our truck), we made sure we took a picture of our new mascot “Awol” with the Enchanted Rock in the background.
Enchanted Rock, because of the location, is way to often ‘under visited’ except for locals. Its out of the way but if you’re up for a peaceful day of gentle hiking and love geology, this place is for you! We plan to return to tackle other trails next time we visit this part of Texas.
|Captain America with Enchanted Rock in the background|