Caprock Canyons State Park
A walk on the South Prong hiking trail was fun today. For the most part it is a wide path that wanders through the canyon floor. Eventually it heads up to a ridge. The state park map labels it steep and rugged. A little bit of an understatement in my opinion.
When you leave the parking lot and head into the canyon, the scenery has you twisting your neck back and forth. This is not a narrow canyon like some in the West, but is close enough to sometimes have to struggle to get the picture you want because of the natural brush growth and other natural obstructions. In the next three pictures you will get a whiff of the scenery and a few cliffs. For the nephew and other rock climbers, this is a rather soft rock not suitable for playing spider man.
After about a mile on the trail, the primitive camping (backpackers) camping area trail takes off to the left. After exploring the trail a little ways, my better judgment sent me back to the main trail as it was getting a bit warm for me. There is a toilet and designated campsites up the hill somewhere along this trail.
As the trail neared the steep and rugged section, there were voices of kids and barking from a dog. The audio of joy seemed to be coming from high on the cliff to my right. The steep portion came into view and my abilities were evaluated as a solo hiker and came up short for the path ahead. There is too much loose rocks and too much steepness for me to feel reasonably safe alone.
Still there was voices and barking. When a picture of most of the trail up was taken, the owners of the voices and barks came into view. It appeared to be two adults, two kids and a dog. They are in the upper right of this picture.
To prove they are really there here is an enlargement of the spot that they are negotiating at that moment.
The lead person was having a bit of a tough time working his way down then helping the dog and kids. From the sounds of things they were having a great time of it.
For fun tonight, a visit to Kevin and his wife, Gwenna, at their campsite was made. It was ten pm before I knew it and had to head back home since “Quiet Time” starts at ten. Check Gwenna’s pictures out at www.courtyardgallery.com.
Another great day of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.