Retired from the University of Texas and too old to play soccer anymore. Now, in the twilight of his years, time is spent writing in this blog, hiking and exploring Texas Parks, photography, working out, gardening and tending to the five ponds he built .
With time on my hands and an urge to get out into the countryside, I drove to Reimers Ranch to take a few pictures. Even though is was a bit late in the season, the wildflowers were still showing in all of their glory. I have put them together in a video complete with music. Enjoy.
This Cypress tree is standing in a ravine that is probably 20-30 feet deep which gives you an idea of its size
Here are some of the other views that I took.
The block structure is a representation of a chimney and is there to encourage the Chimney Swifts to nest.
I sat here looking at a blank screen thinking of something clever to write my head it seemed was in a dream and no words could I muster with any might I thought of what had happened that day and in previous days before this plight but nothing jumped out at me to say write about me this seems right it is not that I haven’t found things do as I very recently took a hike out at Bastrop my most favorite place and have written the words and they will be in plain sight very shortly in a couple of days posted to my blog for all to see for me that hike is a memory and the words are written as I put them down I also spent time in Wimberley taking pictures of this pretty town nestled in the Hill Country as picturesque as it can be with Cypress trees as tall as the sky reaching up and many centuries old growing in the tumbling creek that runs through the town like its very soul but wait it seems I have something to say even though it didn’t start this way but now the mind is suddenly numb and my thinking voice has gone quite dumb so maybe my chain of thought is through and I have nothing left to do but end this sorry little tale and try again when my thoughts prevail.
I went out for a drive and of course, took my camera with me. I headed towards Dripping Springs with the ultimate goal of driving into Wimberley. This is a nice old Hill Country Town founded in 1848 and most of the buildings reflect the age of the town although I don’t think any go back that far. The shops are many and specialize in arts and crafts. I was there on a Sunday and business was brisk with the sound of music coming from several different locations. The town is located on the banks of the Cypress Creek which flows through the center of the town and has many, many very old and and very large Cypress trees. One of the trees has a nameplate designating it as “Big Daddy” Circa 1400 AD which makes it well over 600 years old.
I walked around town taking pictures and one of the things that I noticed were the colorful cowboy boots at different locations. These are part of a project started in 2014 named Bootiful Wimberley and to date, there are 50 boots located around the town. You can read more about this project and see more pictures of all of the Boots at this Link. I was only able to locate a few in the area that I covered but even they are very impressive.
I spent time on the creek taking pictures but I cannot do justice to the Cypress trees as they are far too tall to include the entire tree from my position under them. Many stand 80 to 100 feet or more high.
On the way out of town, I decided to take the River Road to see the views along the Creek and the rock formations that make up the banks. I was not disappointed and got some great pictures.
I took a drive to Reimer’s Ranch with the intention of taking a short walk and a few pictures. As is my usual practice, I drove into all four parking lots with the first and the last both very busy and loaded with cars. Both of these lots have access to the rock climbing areas.
I got out and walked around for a bit at the second Parking , known as River Bend Parking No 2, which is the one that leads to the beach area and noticed that the gate was closed and locked leading to the beach. This meant that it was not accessible for vehicular traffic, a sure sign that the swimming season is well and truly over. There were several cars and people about as it still a great place to take a hike.
Deciding that walking was not what I really wanted to do, I jumped back in my truck and took off down Hamilton Pool Road and headed past both Hamilton Pool and West Cave Preserve before getting onto Cypress Mill Road (RR 962). I enjoy just driving and seeing if there is anything that catches my eye and luckily for me I was able to get a nice picture of the Cypress Creek crossing the road (picture above). It was getting to be late afternoon and the sun was very low creating a very beautiful effect.
Cypress Mill Road brought me back out onto Hwy 281 so I turned East and headed to where Hwy 281 intersected with Hwy 290 and drove back in to Dripping Springs stopping at the new Starbucks that has been installed there. I say new but I guess it must be a year old by now…
All in all, a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours, listening to a great Audiobook and enjoying the Texas countryside.
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