A task and adventure was at hand this afternoon. Buzzards Roost Primitive Campground at Enchanted Rock State Park needed a careful checking out. The team was up to the task. The RPCs (Rubber Personnel Carriers) and my fat body teamed up to get the job done. Once more the new hydration pack performed to perfection.
The primitive camping area entrance had been visited once before because of the vault toilet there. This time it was to explore the area. A very good choice it turned out to be. There were some hikers ahead of me, but they were moving right along instead of meandering.
On along the trail the temperature was getting to me a little, so every chance to cool some in the shade was taken. Here is a cute view from one cooling spot along the trail.
Finally the turn from the Loop Trail onto the campsites trail came into sight. While getting some stickers out of my socks, a young athletic man came RUNNING along the trail. He slowed to find out if help was needed. Nope just stickers, thanks. And away he zoomed. A flashback to when the old fat man used to do that same thing here over thirty years ago reminded me of my aging. Getting old is not for wimps.
Back to the trail up to the campground. One nice scene is of what is sometimes called The Playground. It is a popular site for spider men types of fools.
On around the curve in the trail were some kids playing on the playground. Clik on the picture and look carefully at this zoomed shot for the red spot in the upper center of the rocks. That is a fellow climbing for fun.
Continuing along the trail brought me to their campsite. This area is open to pitch your camp any place you want in the area. Due to the sun, most folks pitch a tent under some trees.
There were about thirty places visible from the main trail where folks normally pitch camp. This is only about a mile and a half from the main parking lot. However it feels like out in the middle of nowhere.
The trail ended at the property fence and continuing would have required me to take too much chance going up a low steep cliff. Therefore it was a wonderful place to cool off and have a snack.
After a wonderful rest and great listening to the natural sounds around me, it was time to head back. Now right back at the beginning of the camping area was a double track with a sign that said NO Trail Dead End. Just what fit my desires. My shoes insisted that we go up the trail to the end and see what is there. It was a pleasant walk and goes right out to the highway.
Now the good part. There was a critter trail that apparently is heavily used that starts at the gate and heads toward the parking lot a mile plus away. Of course that had to be my path back. There was sufficient water in the pack and some more snacks, so off we go.
It did like a typical deer trail and wound up and down and around. The interesting thing found on this trail were at three different places small residue of a deer having been eaten. However in each case the lower half of the right front leg was left completely intact. Why is that is my question????
Eventually the trail ended at a grove of trees a little bit above and back from the Loop Trail. So it was easy to work my way down to the trail from the trees and back to the parking lot. The truck was waiting patiently in the hot sun. When the truck got started and the AC turned on, the temperature was noticed. No wonder my body was wilting.