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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

15th Course: Austin, Texas * Enchanted Rock * Natural Bridge Caverns * Blanco State Park * Mt. Bonnell

Flying over Enchanted Rock
15th Course: Austin, Texas
  • Enchanted Rock
  • Natural Bridge Caverns
  • Blanco State Park
  • Covert Park - Mt. Bonnell

Tuesday March 29, 2016
3.70 Miles  *  +/-679  Feet


Enchanted Rock


HIKE 2.11 MI ON 3/29/2016












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Map data ©2016 Google
500 m 
    
ELEVATION (ft)00.420.851.271.692.1212901419154816771806
START ELEVATION
1437 FT
MAX ELEVATION
1801 FT
GAIN
404 FT








This was our Hike of the Day.  Finally, a little bit of elevation discovered in Texas.  Up until now, all we could walk up was stairs or very small hills.

Enchanted Rock is quite a distance from Austin; West Northwest of the city.  Even further from San Antonio, where we had rolled out from.  This was not our first stop of the day, but it was our finest.


Enchanted Rock reminds me of Stone Mountain, in Atlanta.  Yay, hiked that one too.

Hmm, there appears to be a boulder out of place in the picture above.  Let's take a closer look, below:
Out of Place Boulder - I'm Bad; sorry :)

What Planet our we on?


While Jess ran up the steepest route, shortest point from A to B, the normal way, I created my own switchback course to ease up on the Achilles.  Ayden followed her and then stepped over to take a look below, "Dad, where are you going?"  --I'm coming son...














Natural Bridge Caverns
Ayden on the Zipline, again...


RAN 0.64 MI ON 3/29/2016

DISTANCE

0.64
miles
CLIMB

*55 ft


BEGINS IN:
Garden Ridge, TX, United States
CREATED BY:
Jeremy Jacobus Best Time: 19:32
DESCRIPTION:
This is a 0.64 mi route in Garden Ridge, TX, United States. The route has a total ascent of 3.0 ft and has a maximum elevation of 1,031.96 ft. This route was created byJeremy85135177 on 03/29/2016. View other maps that Jeremy85135177 has done or find similar maps.










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Strap in and go for a climb
We left the KOA campground in San Antonio at a reasonable hour.  Fresh from the shower facilities at the park, we dumped our shit and refilled our water supply.  The RV Trip continues...

Good Luck

Steady...
The main attraction at Natural Bridge Caverns is the Cave system below.  I had planned to take the 90 minute tour/hike below, but when we rolled up, there were dozens of school buses there and we had no desire to explore the caves with a bunch of bratty kids.  Instead, we put Ayden on the Zipline and challenged him to climb the obstacle course.

Well, he got about two steps in and said, No Way!  Too scared to go any further.  If his sister had been here or others --- well heck, I'm not going to do it.  I'm on a budget and my wife has a bad back -- excuses.  I could see this place being fun for kids, coming with their friends.

Bird


Blanco State Park


Blanco State Park

Walk 0.68 MI ON 3/29/2016












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Waterfall

Random stop.  Enroute to Enchanted Rock, we drove over a bridge and noticed the river and waterfall below.  Good timing for a stop, long drive.  Let's take a short walk...








Whatawhat?

In the town of Fredricksburg, we stopped at Whataburger for lunch.  Ever since landing in Texas, we have seen this fast food joint basically off every exit.  Then, after driving on country roads for hours, this establishment magically appeared so we figured on checking it out.  It smells good on the outside - but whataburger; nah.  I prefer In and Out.  Whata wasa okay, I guess.  My wife hated it, but her opinion on food is over critical.  Still, keep this fast food stuff in Texas.  I'm trying to lean out, so I said to myself after destroying the sandwich, whatawhat?!


--The drive continues...


These flowers have been popping up all over Texas, but none so brilliant as the ones just past Enchanted Rock.



Whataburger

McDonalds

Burger King

Now Serving Order #79

**I hate thinking about it this way.  I love animals, look into their eyes and hearts.  Why do I do this to myself?

Pedernales Falls

Cross the Waterfalls

Heading over to Austin, we routed around to Pedernales Falls.  I got out, walked to the quick overlook, but decided not to drive further into the park for the adventure.  The hour was getting late and I had plans to meet up with my cousins, who I hadn't seen in well over a decade.  So, I snapped a photo on the sign :).  I elected to Not award any hiking credit for this location.


Austin, Texas
 The drive into the city, especially at rush hour, was like being in LA again.  The traffic came to a standstill.  One of the fastest growing areas in the country, Austin does not have the infrastructure to support the masses.


Covert Park - Mt. Bonnell
Covert Park - Mt. Bonnell

Hike 0.18 MI ON 3/29/2016

DISTANCE

*0.3
miles
CLIMB 

*200 ft

BEGINS IN:
West Lake Hills, TX, United States
CREATED BY:
Jeremy Jacobus Best Time: 12:39
DESCRIPTION:
This is a 0.18 mi route in West Lake Hills, TX, United States. The route has a total ascent of 0.0 ft and has a maximum elevation of 741.54 ft. This route was created by Jeremy85135177 on 03/29/2016. View other maps that Jeremy85135177 has done or find similar maps.










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Climb the 102 Stairs to the top

*MapMyRun did not give me any Elevation Credit.  Cannot count on this App to be spot on.  But I assure you, these stairs are not flat.  The climb was easy, we saw people running up and down them, which I took to be dangerous since the surface was damp and slippy.

The Colorado River - of Texas
Just so there is no confusion, this is not the same Colorado which formed the Grand Canyon.  Not sure why it shares the same name?




It's not really the worst, but...
 ...this is an establishment at a gas station.  However, don't let that deter you.  The experience inside is different, fun; Texas!

Family

Other than my wife and son, I don't see any of my family - or friends, much.  It has been well over a decade since I have seen my cousins.  It was nice seeing you and I'll figure out a way so that it's not another 10+ years.  One thing that I will give to my dad is, he always took a trip out west each year.  In doing so, he figured out a way to see family.  Good Deal...

The Capital

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