I have had friends that lived in rural areas of Texas and they talked about “going to town.” Now I really understand what they were talking about. The weather was a bit overcast today and we got a late start so we decided to head into town for supplies instead of hiking. We were going to have to do it tomorrow otherwise.
It was a good 50 minute drive back tracking to Del Rio. First, we cruised through town to check it out. It is a real “city” with a Wal-Mart, HEB, movie theatre, a JCPenney and of course a Dollar General. We decided on the Wal-Mart. It took us over an hour and a half to buy everything we would need for a week in Big Bend. We even had to take the cooler along to get the cold stuff home. The hard part was finding room in our fridge for all the food.
I think I could manage this life style – no running to JoAnne’s just for thread, though. You have to make do. I’m sure we would spend a lot less money on things we don’t really need. I would be sure to use up my fabric stash! My quilts would probably be more interesting even.
We had never seen a humming bird nest but the Guide pointed out this one on our tour of the Fate Bell Shelter at Seminole Canyon State Park.
One of the things of interest at the Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site are the Fate Bell rock art. The paintings may be 4,000 years old. You have to take a guided tour down to the Shelter. I took photos of the displays so that you might be able to better tell what you are looking at – sometimes the paintings were a little fuzzy.
For those of you keeping track, we left Kerrville yesterday. We headed south-west towards the border. We are now camping at Seminole Canyon State Park near Del Rio. We are planning on staying through Sunday when we will head to Big Bend. We’ll have to pick up supplies – there isn’t much in Big Bend except a lot of space and beautiful scenery (assuming you like desert which we do.)
Today, we took a guided tour to see the 4,000 year old rock paintings in the Canyon. Tomorrow we will hike down to the Rio Grande. Watch this space for pictures! We took a lot today. Surprisingly, they have free wireless Internet in this Park although the connection is spotty. So, I will post before we leave. It’s not like we are spending our evenings watching TV.
The last time we visited Kerrville we didn’t make it to the Museum of Western Art, but since we had some extra time on this trip we took the short drive. It was an interesting museum, although not very large.
You couldn’t take pictures inside but I did take these photos of the bronzes outside. I’m not really sure about the indian – it was a bit weird. One of the coolest things about the museum is that all of the floors were made out of mesquite cut into small tiles. You don’t see that very often.
There were, of course, a lot of bronze sculptures along with the paintings in the Museum. Both Alan and I thought that several of the drawings in colored pencil were really amazing. There was so much detail they looked like photos.
Today we took advantage of the beautiful weather to go geocaching in the Kerrville-Schreiner Park where we are staying. We had hiked in this Park when we visited last year, but there were some new Geocaches to find.
The first cache (they have names by the way – this one was called “From Space” since the owner picked the location from a satellite picture) we visited wasn’t far off the road. It was pretty new and well maintained so we decided to leave the “Iowa Bandit” travel bug that we had picked up in Arkansas. We took the Hawaiian Dollar (you can see it in the photo of what was in the box). We’ve been talking about coming up with something that we can leave behind that is “us”. Alan said maybe he would turn some wooden coins. I have an airstream rubber stamp that I could use. Any ideas out there?
On our way out of the field we spotted some bones – probably deer.
There are deer all over this park. A lot of people were feeding them (which you clearly are not supposed to be doing) so they just hang around near the campsites. It is kind of bizarre. I saw a guy eating breakfast sitting in a chair with no less than a dozen deer only a few feet away. There were a lot of babies and we only saw a few bucks.
The second geocache wasn’t much. The third one (Mavericks) was off the beaten path a bit along the park boundaries. It almost ended up being a great cache for someone else because Alan left his hiking stick behind (he went back and got it.) We did meet an interesting older couple geocaching as well. They seemed new to camping but had a very nice GPS. They had lived in Tucson in the past but he was military and they had moved to Texas and weren’t too thrilled. As we hiked out, these two large white horses across the field spotted us and just stood there watching us for quite a while. Eventually they lost interest and went back to chomping the grass.