Rain early, bright sunshine in the evening, 75, moderate DRY breeze
My departure from Rockport was delayed by all the goodbyes and good feelings. They really are a very nice group of folks there. The actual time of departure was exactly 10 am. Traffic was very light even on the interstate going toward San Antonio. There was a light rain most of the way, but nothing serious like sometimes happens out here. By 12:30 I had camp set up and was piddling around. At the request of some readers, I will try to publish a pic of each new campsite as I travel. All the sites in the park are excellent with this one 110 being about the worst. See how bad it is for yourself. The lake is about 100 feet behind the trees.
As I drove into the park, a large herd of turkeys blocked the road for about 3 minutes. Eventually they caught on I would run them down for supper if they didn’t move. As it was I had turkey patties from Wal-Mart for supper anyway. After finding I have aircard service to get on the internet, I took off for a short walk. My walks now are usually longer than before because I take time to observe and enjoy things I never noticed before and the next thing you know it is a lot farther back than was originally planned. The first thing I found to get a picture of is the turkey herd out behind the campsite. There they are just strutting around like they have sense about something.
Along the day use area, I heard a funny sound. Lo and Behold there was a STUPID woodpecker beating its head to pieces on a treated pine post that holds up a shade shelter. I do not know what that bird was up to, but it was still at it for a long time after I walked away.
About a mile on along I scared up an owl of large dimensions. Try as I might, I could not get a picture of it. Whenever I got within 50 feet of it, it flew away and finally out over the lake.
The huisache trees are starting to bloom and I have always enjoyed their yellow blossoms and special fragrance.
About the turn around point for the walk, I got to the 50 acre lake and something new had been added since the last time I was here in 2001.
This sign is at the YOUTH GROUP CAMP AREA. Maybe that will keep some of the little devils in line. Back over to the right of the photo I did find an alligator nest in the making. Having much more experience with alligators than I ever wanted to have I knew to get the devil out of the area.
I believe a decent size alligator can take out a grizzly bear without any problem at all. Back at Brazos Bend State Park near Houston, I think the alligators mainly ate poodles owned by fools that would bring their dog to protect them.
When the walk was finished, I had gone over 4 miles per the map and my feet were hurting. My feet no longer have any of the fat pads at the base of the toes like normal folks. You can feel the bone joint right below the skin with your finger. I have to use very good add on insoles in my shoes or I get lame extremely quickly. Most of us know that painful feet will really can slow you down. Tomorrow I will have to swap some insoles around so I can get busy having tooooo much fun. TheOFM