I had two reasons for taking this short walk at Pedernales Falls State Park the other day. One, of course was just to get out in the countryside and exercise my legs and take a few pictures along the way. I have been restricted in my walking due to the pond remodelling that I have just completed.
The other reason was to check with the Staff to see if by chance, my missing sunglasses had turned up. For those of you following my blogs, I lost them after I took a wrong turn on the trail and ended up walking in the dark and some kind people that happened to drive by, gave me a lift back to my car. I mislaid them in their car and had no way to contact the owners. Unhappily for me, they had not shown back up so I think it is time for me to bite the bullet and buy a new pair. As they were prescription glasses, I am probably looking at $500 or thereabouts to replace them. Pretty expensive way to get lost on the trail…
Back to the hike. To be truthful, I wasn’t really in a hiking mood but as I was at the Park, did not want to waste the opportunity so I opted for just a short hike to the Duck Pond after parking in the Horse Paddock Parking Area. From there, I headed to the West fenceline and followed it for a couple of miles until eventually, it came back out to where I had parked my car at the Horse Paddock Parking Area. Altogether, I covered about 4 1/2 miles and enjoyed every minute of it. I noticed that compared to where I live, a mere 30 miles to the East, the trees were not as far along with their re-budding process and did not have the foliage that we already have back in Austin.
There were a few flowers bravely showing their pretty heads to the world and some interesting cactus and as always, a few ducks on the Pond and of course, the grass was much greener than the last time I was there.
When I got back to my car, I headed back towards the river and decided to take the short walk and get some more pictures. The Falls are pretty impressive as they spill over the steep inclines for more than several hundred yards. Several people were actually walking around on the Falls but I declined from making that particular climb down preferring instead, to take pictures of those hearty souls who had made it.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable day and I am glad that I took the walks even though the old body was protesting the entire time. Actually, it was more of a mental thing as physically, I felt fine. Can’t wait for the next one which will probably be to a different park.