Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Break Day 7: A Big Hike!

             We finally did it!  After talking about climbing the rock for 2 years, we finally hiked up the 423 foot summit last Friday.  Dad took the day off and Grandma took care of the baby, so we were off!
            Enchanted Rock is an enormous pink granite hill that is in the middle of the Texas Hill Country.  Folklore of the local Apache and Comanche tribes ascribed magical and spiritual powers to the rock, hence the name, Enchanted Rock.  There are lots of "legends" surrounding the rock, from if you spend the night on the rock you will become invisible to it is haunted by an American Princess who threw herself off the rock after witnessing the slaughter of her people.  Hmmm....
            Really, Enchanted Rock is named after the unexplained creaking & groaning, which geologists attribute to the rock's night-time contraction after being heated by the sun all day.  Can you imagine that sound waking you up in the middle of the night??
       We started our trek to the top and with only a few stops to catch our breaths take some pictures, we made it fairly quickly.
        This is such a popular Texas attraction that you have to get their early before they close the gates once they reach capacity.  You can see the line of cars waiting to get in.
Almost there!
Once at the top, we set about exploring and found lots of fun rocks and crevices to crawl around it.
And took some fun pictures....

       
This picture doesn't show how high up we were, but look closely at the tiny people in the crevice below.

         We hardly ever get out as a family and enjoy the the State Parks, so I am so glad we were able to climb and hike and take full advantage of the day together.  It was a great way to end Spring Break 2010.


8 comments:

Rhonda said...

What fun! I would really like to visit more state parks and do more hiking! Great pics...it looks like a lot of fun and some exercise too!

I love the pics. I have a pic of Cameron that reminds me of Sissy. It's the expression and teeth before braces that remind me of her.

Miller Racing Family said...

Sounds like a blast. I love to master all the wonderful parks in Gods country. I think everyone feels wonderful when they master a big climb. I remember Trey was so proud of himself when he climbed to the top of 7 Falls in Colorado. Wonderful photos!
Have a great weekend!

Lyndsay said...

That looks like so much fun. I love that you have planned something fun each day of your break. Your kids are going to have such great memories!!

Stacey at Living by Faith said...

What a fun, fun, fun spring break. You are so right about having to stop and catch your breath. Hubby and I have climbed it a few times, but we have not done it with the kids.

Lindsay said...

Looks like a great day! What a fun place to hike!

He & Me + 3 said...

Wow...I am so afraid of heights...I am not so sure about that. The lines of cars was crazy. I had no idea it was so popular and busy.

Mc Allen said...

wow, what an awesome adventure!! i just love the pics and it looks like it was the pefect day to venture out!! xoxo LA

Vivienne said...

Becca! You like in TEXAS! Stay out of rocks and crevices!!
Snakes and scorpions are in there! Duh.

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