|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
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...|
|Strap in and go for a climb|
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.
Blanco State Park
|Blanco State Park|
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...
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.
|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?
|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.
Covert Park - Mt. Bonnell
|Covert Park - Mt. Bonnell|
|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|
|It's not really the worst, but...|
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...