Adventure Location: Rim Trail Portion, Texas
The OFM Walking Team voted to do a shortened walk in deference to the Teams ankle weakness. It was a very good idea as it turned out. The part of the trail hi-lighted in blue was the trek for the day. Notice it is a very small part of the whole available trail system.
This is the starting gate for the trail system. It does not come anywhere close to the spectacular views ahead. The trail views get better and better as you go more towards Mexico. At the end the views are a major WOW.
After a half mile or so of walking you get to the Rim Trail cutoff. This is where the Team made a left turn to the good stuff. About in the middle of the picture you can see the trail going over the berm.
We walked and stumbled along the trail for a bit then the views started. HINT: Stop walking to look. Do not keep trying to walk while looking over the edge. You could cause yourself to wish you could fly.
Because the OFM does not like to type all night, he chose to only put in three views of the canyons tonight. The fool took over eighty pictures he had to cull. These first two pictures are the middle part of Seminole Canyon.
After a good bit of walking and some really nice surprises we made it to the Presa canyon Overlook. This was our cut off point of the Rim Trail and the ankle was making us glad to head back. Presa Canyon was first seen by the OFM about thirty years ago. It is still impressive to view.
It is hard to believe the views get better farther along the trail, but they do. The OFM has walked all the trails in this park and a lot of non-trail areas as well.
Frequently along the trail are fossils of sea shells in the rocks. They are very neat to carefully view. Also along the trail, but less often, are full seashells. Check out the variety in this rock.
Since this was our cut back to the Castle spot we headed UP the trail to the main trail. It did not seem like it but the rim trail had been going downhill since the beginning. Now it was time to climb back out of the upper canyon area and it is a climb.
You can tell when you FINALLY reach the top of the canyon by the Presa Trail sign and benches waiting for you. The benches were a welcome sight.
Then we started back to the Castle on the Rio Grande Trail. The Castle is in the red circle.
Needless to say the Team was glad to return to the Castle. A little cooler day would have been nicer. Do not do this in the summer, it is miserable.
Even with a weak ankle this is a nice walk for trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.