Back in the Hills

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Lost Maples State Natural Area

Flag of United States  , Texas
Sunday, April 7, 2013

We had a beautiful drive today once we got out of the San Antonio area.  We soon found ourselves in the famous Texas Hill Country.  The winding roads and steep ascents and descents reminded me a bit of home.  It was green, however, and the trees weren't pines or firs or even larch, but Live Oaks and such.  We did just a bit over a hundred miles and got to our site just in time for lunch.

We took a walk along the Maples Trail.  This area is unique in that it is covered with maples that apparently survived the Ice Age.  The trees here include Lacey's Oaks, Chinquapin Oaks, Florida Basswood, American Sycamore, Green Ash, Black Willow, Sugar Hackberry and Pecan.  One species looks a lot like the Juniper, but smells like Cedar.

We were on the Sabinal River which flows slowly and very clear.  It's inhabited by large mouth bass and Maple Bass, a local variety.  Lynn spotted one nice one just below one of the dams.  These dams are unique to us.  They are concrete, with passages through the dam. They're more like dam/bridges and allow large flows of water to pass over the bridge.  In lower flows, like today, the passages easily handle the flow.

We did the Maple Trail and returned by way of the East Trail.  Then we went a short ways on another section on the East to the Bird Blind and spent a few minutes watching the birdies.  I got a few interesting shots there.  Then back to camp we went.

The campground has only thirty sites.  When we arrived, only about five or six were occupied, but as the day wore on, I'd guess that it's now about half full.  There's a mixture of tenters, Class As and other smaller RVs.  It was in the eighties today, so I spent a short while renewing my tan, which keeps my skin happy and itch free.

After dinner, we're just hangin' out and doing what each of us likes to do best.

Oh, I should mention that there's no cellphone coverage here, nor is there data.  But, there is a decent internet signal.

Later, I'll post today's photos at later this evening.  Check them out and leave a comment...if you dare, or care.
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ferdie on

I like the sound of that place! The variety of hardwoods is awesome, you know what I am thinkin' Ralphie! Lynner gonna try for one of those Bass, bet they would be good on the ole grill! Oh by the way, it is snowing here, very heavy wet stuff of course! Be safe, hugs around!

Zman on

I'll bet it is great to get back into a more "homey" environment. Right now it's snowing here, so enjoy the Texas weather in the mountains!

photodon on

It is a beautiful area. I spent about a week there on my way west a few years ago. I remember the live oak trees. Where I was they were draped with Spanish moss which is a parasite, but pretty nonetheless.

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