Sunday, March 29
Originally, Julie and I were going to visit Pedernales Falls State Park on Thursday, but when I heard Cherie and Chris of Technomadia were going to be arriving there today, well, we quickly changed our plans. Their blog helped me a lot when I was preparing to hit the road, and we’d met up once before my first summer on the road at Badlands National Park – really cool people.
Driving all the way from San Angelo State Park was going to take them a while, so when Julie and I arrived we had time to explore.
The daily park entrance fee for P. Falls is $6 a person, 12 and under free. Unlike Enchanted Rock, there is a lot of camping here. The primitive walk in sites are $10 a night, and the regular campsites (all of which have water and electric) are $20 a night – there are 69 of them. The regular campsites all have paved driveways, I’d estimate that half can accommodate larger (40+ foot) rigs, but I didn’t see any pull-throughs. Most have at least partial shade.
The high is forecast to be in the mid 80’s today, phew. Better get our hiking in before it gets too hot.
Julie and I take the Wolf Mountain loop trail, a 7 mile hike out past the primitive camping area that circles the peak. It’s long, but rated easy with a wide bike-friendly gravel road for most of the way.
At the far end of the loop runs Jones’ Spring, a small but cheerful burble of water that cuts through the limestone to provide a relaxing place to have lunch.
There aren’t any scenic overlooks along this trail, but it’s still a nice hike. It’s a more forested environment than where we’re park hosting. Juniper trees provide welcome shade The oaks are bright green with new leaves. Cactus are sparse.
There are over 20 miles of trails to enjoy in Pedernales Falls, but the main attraction is the Pedernales River. Sections of the river are open for swimming and tubing and after a long hike, getting our feet wet sounds like a great idea.
We mosey down to the swimming area. The river is rocky with beautiful cypress trees along the shore just getting their spring green. The water is cool compared to the air temperature but not cold, and it feels great.
The falls the park is named for is farther upstream from the swimming area and is, but all I’ve heard, I rather spectacular sight. Julie and I don’t make it there however. After cooling off in the river we head to the campground to meet up with Chris and Cherie. I’ll just post this internet picture of the falls and we can all imagine we went there to enjoy it:
After catching up and enjoying a delicious dinner of red curry that Cherie put together, the four of us take the short quarter mile hike down to the Twin Falls overlook, accessible right from the campground. The evening lighting makes capturing a photo hard, but it sure is a pretty place.
Good friends, good food, and beautiful scenery, what more could a nomad ask for?
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Today (Tuesday) we’re back in travel mode and starting the trek up to Wisconsin. First stop: the Casita factory. See you all there.
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