Adventure Location: Davis Mountains State Park, Texas
Cold Morning Edition 10-15-2010
For those who might stop here at this very nice park when traveling, the wifi has two hot spots. One is at Indian Lodge and the other is at the Interpretive Center. Most of the time the wifi is adequate and usually stable. This week the signal has been less than the best but the blog entries have been getting posted. Last night took nearly an hour to get posted.
This is still a wonderful location for visits of a few days. Hiking is great. Biking is wonderful. The restaurant Cueva de Leon in town has good food. If it is your first visit, the Fort Davis National Historical Site and the old buildings in town are worth the time for a nice visit. A good grocery store, hardware store and tourist stores all take care of my needs well.
If you can name a body part, it is hurting on TheOFM. The trail taken today was like doing a hula hoop on a trampoline mounted on a merry go round. The trail route was not too bad nor was the length too long. The surface of the entire trail was small to medium loose rocks on the good part. The rest was loose small boulders or rocks about the size of baseballs. Every step of the way was a great opportunity to twist an ankle or two or three. Knees were in danger and falling would have been a skin loser for certain. This train is not recommended because of the surface creating too much danger of injury. It does have some nice scenes as you will see. There are other trails in the park with much better surfaces and just as nice. It is the highlighted trail in this picture.
My start time was 12:30 pm with my hydration pack full of 2 liters of water and the weather beautiful at 70 degrees F. From the bottom of the first hill it did not look like it would be any trouble at all.
The trail starts nicely enough, but look at all the loose rock in the pathway.
Along the trail the entire way was prickly pear cactus or cholla ready to stab you if you wobble.
It was a rough tough scramble up the first hill. Many stops to let my breath come back at this 5000+ foot altitude. My heart was getting more work out than it should so the pace was brought down to a slow meander for the rest of the trail. The top of the first hill had a nice bunch of sitting rocks and some shade. It was wonderful for a rest and rehydration.
At the time of this next picture it was not in my knowledge bank that there were three more hills to climb before the final descent to Indian Lodge.
This next view is of the top of the second hill from the saddle below. My mind certainly questioned the wisdom of continuing at this moment. Anything for my readers so onward the Team went.
Arriving at the top of the second hill, the mandatory rock was added to the pile in good hiker fashion. My extremely valuable walking stick posed for the picture.
Now onward to hill three.
This is typical of the notched into the hill trail for a lot of the length of this trail.
A few flowers were on display here and there along the trail. It helped brighten the day.
Way off below was a deep space antenna it seemed. What it is for is not known to me!
Here we have the top of hill three. Yes it got a new rock placed on it as a good hiker must do.
By now my body was ready to be off the trail. Fortunately the steepness of the trail diminished noticeably even though the footing did not improve. The fourth hill was not topped. The trail went almost to the top and then circled around next to the perimeter fence for the park. This is the picture from the high point of the trail around hill four. It was down hill from this spot.
This next picture is of the canyon behind the Indian Lodge. The trail circled all the way around the canyon before coming down behind the lodge.
The end of the trail was well received by my tired body.
The walk back was a couple of more miles but the surface was a nice road. This was an interesting trail and I am glad I meandered it, but it is definitely a one time event in the effort of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.