Thursday, January 31, 2008

More HCSNA Pics









6 comments:

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

The house doesn't look that old, was it abandoned? When we go to South Australia, there are lots of deserted stone farmhouses, some single room buildings but I can remember seeing 7-8 room houses falling down. Another thing was that a lot of farms had modern houses built on them but an old house or pile of rubble elsewhere on the property.

Ginny said...

It was used as a group lodge at one point in time, but I don't know the age of the place. It's probably not one of the older structures on the property and is boarded up.

There are some old settlement leftovers such as stone houses and stone walls in the area that I'm sure are much older.

Anonymous said...

So, Ginny, of the state parks you've hiked in which ones would you consider the best for its hiking trails and those that have the best primitive campsites? I've never been to Lost Maples but based upon what I've heard and read, it ranks near the top of my "wanna hike" list. I would imagine that the scenery is similar to HCSNA but without the horse traffic (a plus in my book).
Just curious.

JD

Ginny said...

Lost Maples is really nice and if you hike far enough you can usually get a primitive spot that is far away from any other campers. I just totally love it out there and may make that my next solo spot. So where would you be coming in from JD?

I might camp at Garner this weekend with friends. :)

JD said...

The wife and I will probably drive out that way from the Houston area in early April in conjunction with a wildflower jaunt. She likes to day hike but is not into backpacking like me. But just looking at the Lost Maples map, it appears that those primitive sites at the farthest reaches of the park would afford excellent solitude even though they may not be that close to a water source. A couple of liters of water should suffice for an overnighter.

JD

Ginny said...

Hi JD

The further primitive sites do offer solitude. Actually I've never felt like I was anywhere near other campers in any of the spots I've been in come to think of it.

As for water, I usually take about 4 liters on an overnight depending on how hot it is, etc...but I get pretty thirsty too...