To celebrate improving weather, Donna and I drove the 2 miles or so down the road to our local state park, San Angelo State Park, on Friday. We are so fortunate to have this park. As I've stated in previous posts, it has more than 50 miles of trails for hikers, bicycle riders, and equestrians, and we've walked every mile of them.
Normally when we walk in the park, we just stay on the paved park roads. Our main objective when doing this is exercise, but we like to walk in the park because we don't have to worry about traffic and we usually get to see some critters. It's nice to be away from the usual city noises. I wrote about some of our paved road routes in the park back in April 2015; you can read that entry at "Walking at San Angelo State Park".
On our walk Friday, though, a cold wind was blowing quite steadily out of the west. So, even though the sun was shining brightly, it was still chilly. To block some of that wind, we opted to walk on the loop trail near the south entrance to the park. Basically, this trail parallels park roads, rarely venturing more than 20 yards or more from them. The trail is level and well maintained. It is an easy walk except for the numerous rocks that populate the trail. But there are quite a few mesquites, junipers, and other brush, and they helped block the wind that was blowing that day.
Aside from the steady wind, it was a pleasant walk, and we saw quite a few critters. Almost immediately after getting on the trail, a red-headed woodpecker came squawking over us and lit in a nearby tree. We then spotted a good herd of white tail deer scampering away, perhaps as many as a dozen strung out to our left. Next, we spotted part of the bison herd in the distance. I tried to get a picture, but I only had my phone camera and it did not come out well. It is hard to see that screen in full sun, so I more or less guessed at getting an image, even when zoomed in.
|The bison are a good quarter mile away in this photo, on the other side of the park road that parallels our trail.|
Following our walk, we drove around the campgrounds a bit, looking at the campers again. We then drove to Pulliam Point, which is as far north as you can drive on park roads from the south entrance. The point is actually a ridge jutting north, and it provides good views in almost all directions. I took the following pictures from that ridge.
|This image looks southwest. I love the fish scale clouds and the distant hills. If you click the image to enlarge, you should be able to see the ridge drop away.|
|I love the wide open spaces out here. This image looks west. You can see the ridge drop away about halfway up the picture. Notice the top of the juniper bush towards right.|
|This image is just to the left of the picture above, and I have zoomed in some. You will see the trails below, which basically turn into the trail mentioned in the picture above.|
|Dry pond in park. This once was a very popular fishing place. Note the sign.|
|And once back home in Rio Concho West, one of the first things we see is this rafter of turkeys.|