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.
We got to this Park on a Friday and it was practically full. We did get a nice site (except for the tent behind us with the barking/whining dog) but it wasn’t exactly level. This photo was taken after mostly everyone was gone. The place cleared out on Sunday afternoon. I should have taken a before and after photo.
The Park also had an official Monarch Butterfly Waystation. We didn’t see any butterflies but I did get a couple of interesting flower photos.
The Park is right on the Guadalupe River. You can rent canoes or Kayaks but we opted for a stroll along the river instead:) The river is pretty cold to risk going for an unexpected swim.
Today we headed into downtown Kerrville. We are only staying a few miles from the center of town. Kerrville is a lot like Fredericksburg but without the tourists and Bed and Breakfast places. There was a small craft show going on in the town square that we visited after the “Texas Furniture Makers Show” at the Kerr Arts and Cultural center. We actually saw some nicely made (read not Chinese imports) quilts being sold along with a few other interesting crafts. Knit and crocheted items seem to be popular. We only ended up buying some locally made Dewberry Jam.
The Furniture Show was very enjoyable. It isn’t huge but there were a lot of really beautiful pieces of furniture. They weren’t all wood but most of them were. Of course, there was a lot of mesquite. Alan says that mesquite is difficult to work with and very expensive but prevalent in Texas where ranchers consider it a nuisance. It doesn’t grow very tall or straight which makes it difficult for wood workers but it is a pretty wood and usually interesting to look at. Alan made the top of our dining table from mesquite.
The show is judged by professionals but visitors can vote for their favorites. I picked this cool stool and Alan picked the mesquite table with the very interesting base.
We made the trip to Kerrville today. We are staying at the Kerrville-Schreiner Park. It used to be a State Park but the City took it over a couple of year ago. We hiked here when we visited last year but we didn’t camp here. It is pretty crowded this weekend. We will go to the Furniture Show tomorrow. The furniture is all hand made and finely crafted. It is kind of like a quilt show in that there are different categories and judging.
We aren’t sure how long we will be staying here but probably at least through Monday. We want to do some hiking and there is a Western Art Museum that we didn’t see last time.
There are deer everywhere. Dozens of them are just hanging around the campground. I will try and get some pictures.