Sunday, October 22, 2006

Backpacking at Walnut Springs Camp

Walnut Springs Camp is a nice little site located between Russell Park and Camp Tejas on Lake Georgetown. We parked one car at one end at Camp Tejas, and the other in Russell Park. We hiked from Russell to the camp grounds, which was a little over a mile, then the next day we walked the 4.5 miles to the car parked at Tejas. It was an easy trip, we had the campsite to ourselves, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. There were three of us on this trip...myself, Thomas, and a friend of Thomas's named Matt.

The lake was very low and we walked a bit yesterday in the late afternoon over parts that were dried up. It was strange walking on lake bottom through dead trees that would normally be covered up with water and it looked surreal in the dimming light of the evening sun. On our way back to our campsite, we walked up on a snake that appeared to be a "hognose". It flattened it's head, puffed up, and made a menacing hissing sound at us. It didn't try to get away, just stood it's ground looking as fierce as possible. I didn't have my camera with me, so no pic unfortunately. Hopefully Thomas will post a pic of the snake and I can share it. Today we saw a white tail deer cross our path on the trail. Other than those two wildlife sightings there weren't any animals to see, probably because of the hunters in the area. We heard their guns going off today.

I took a few pictures of the campsite and our surroundings, but they didn't turn out very well. I think there was condensation on the camera lens because all the pictures look washed out. Here are a couple of pics that turned out fair.Matt on Left, Thomas on Right
Ironclad Beetle aka Zopherus nodulosus haldemani Horn

Lake flats

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