Teams Location: Pecos, Texas
(This was written the night of 5-22-2012 but the Escapees Park in Pecos does not have Wi-Fi and the area does not have air card signal for Sprint.)
(Published from the Carlsbad NM Walmart 5-23-2012)
A walk around Seminole Canyon SP led to a couple of neat finds. Along part of the old railroad bed are traces of when the RR was built and then removed. At first glance it looked like an old deformed bullet. When it was in my hand it proved to be one of the many pieces of old forge slag that adorn the RR bed.Then a few feet away was this fence staple. It was unusual to me in that the pointed part was square in the cross section. All of the staple seen before are cylindrical down to the point then cut off at an angle. Maybe this is an old staple from the cowboy days.
Both were put back on the RR bed about where they were found. But my meandering thirst had been brought forth. My feet took the OFM Meandering Search Team (boy that’s a mouthful) on around the area. Ah ha those bushes seem to be in an odd configuration. And sure enough they were at the edge of a short cliff. The cliff held a surprise called a cave!
It is against park rules to go over into the canyons so the cave area was observed from above only. You could see that no critters were using it for home because the light coating of sand on the floor was undisturbed. Some vandals had been dumping large rocks over the cliff edge messing up the area.The OFM Travel Team soon left the park and headed west on hwy 90. The Recreation Area at the Pecos River got a visit. Lake Amistad is way down so it was my thought that something interesting might be uncovered. And I was correct.
The Castle was parked at the lower boat ramp parking area that had no boat trailers in it. The old road that was used to cross the Pecos is now the boat ramp access road. It is steep. As the bottom was neared a picture was taken looking back up the ramp and downstream on the Pecos. Look carefully and the Castle is visible at the top left of the road. By the time my legs got me to the point of the picture, my claves were screaming bloody murder at me. The thought of going back up had me wondering how much pain it would be.
After a few minutes of looking around at the boat ramp water line it was time to head back up. After a few minutes of up walking my calves were getting very vocal again. In fact so vocal, that a couple of locals came over to keep an eye on me. Along the cliff side of the road is several caves uncovered by the water receding. A couple of them showed signs of being used by critters.
Much of the continued route along hwy 90 west has been shown in the OFM blogs before. At one rest area was a sign that was not remembered. It is a cute story at a rest area in the middle of nowhere. In fact it is so nowhere that you have to go somewhere else before you can go anywhere.
The OFM Teams did not have to contend with any robbers. That would have gotten in the way of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.