Wednesday, January 28, 2009
We are back from our trip southward! The weather did one thing we expect: It was sunny Sunday and this morning, but cloudy Monday and Tuesday. Everything else was a shock: Monday was slightly colder than expected and it drizzled instead of just being cloudy, but Tuesday it never got above 34, and then Tuesday night through this morning there was an ice storm! The sun promptly melted it that morning, and it was smooth sailing from Burnet to Dallas.
The pictures, as always are up at Backcountry Peripatetic.
When we arrived, we went down to the beach and watched the sunset. The next day, we attempted to hike at the trails at the lodge, but we were confounded by poor maintenance. We tried the trail at both ends, and both became overgrown at a point and just ended! After cursing the place, we went off to our favorite Balcones Canyonlands and ended up hiking 7 or 8 miles for reasons we've sworn ourselves to secrecy to for a year. If you remember, ask us what happened at Balcones Canyonlands after January 26th, 2010, and we'll tell you--just not a moment sooner.
The next day, a rather cold day, we decided to go to the park store to browse their book section. It was closed. Our plan had been to go to Inks Lake State Park until we heard that it would be so cold, but we chose to stay in instead since we were still so beat from the previous day's hike. When we realized that the chances of going insane were pretty good in a room with no TV, poor radio signal, and more than its fair share of isolation, we reversed our previous decision and headed off to Inks. Although we were tired and sore, we actually loosened up enough to do a rather steep two mile hike. Still, there were things about that hike I don't recommend: We didn't have our first aid kit, we didn't have any water (we survived just fine because it wasn't hot, but if there's one thing you should never do it's that), and we didn't have coats. It blessedly didn't rain--we also didn't have our ponchos! Definitely the best hike of the trip, although the soreness will probably linger a little longer now!
The ice storm came, the sun came up, the ice melted, we checked out, and we went home! We got home in time to get Lemmy out of the vet (she's such a people cat that it's best not to leave her alone), and here we are! We're already looking forward to the next adventure! :)