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Enchanted Rock

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It’s been difficult to find time to breath lately, so I haven’t had much of an opportunity to write very much at all. It’s been busy to say the least trying to find balance between work, school, etc.. and now Wojciech & I have finally opened our small business (more on this later… yay).

I thought I’d be able to handle such a heavy work load, but I’m proving to be less intrepid than I had thought. I’ve been waking up before the sun just to get a full day’s work in (prep, work-work, housework…boring topic, I know.) Though I recognize that I’m lucky to be where I am in life, especially comparatively to others, it’s not without a struggle.

But I digress. Spring has really sneaked (snuk?) up on us. The skies are swollen with storm clouds and the rain has helped all sorts of wildflowers pop their heads up along the highways and grassy billows. Mother Nature has certainly had her hands full brightly painting springtime here in Texas. Wojciech & I took a drive through the Hill country over Easter Sunday and the bluebonnets are just thick, blanketing everywhere the eye can see. It’s a sweet thing to see the earth awaken, I want so much to awaken with it. Flourish in my spring, embrace the ebb & flow. My days may be full but I can feel my soul emptying. I wonder sometimes if I’ve propelled myself into too much… if there is such a thing as too much, that is.

We went out to Enchanted Rock not too long after hearing so much about its beauty. The ‘Rock’ rises about 500 feet above the base of the park, like a coral-colored beacon… it’s easy to see why so many myths and stories have been associated with it. Enchanted Rock is essentially a giant granite dome. One billion years ago, the granite at Enchanted Rock was part of a large magma pool that pushed up into the porous stone above in places, then cooled and hardened very slowly, turning into granite. Enchanted Rock is geologically considered an ‘exfoliation dome’, meaning that it has layers. Because of weathering and erosion, the rock and soil on top wore away expanded the granite slightly. Layers continue to expand and peel away even today.  It’s truly a sight to see, so I’m glad we finally got around to going there. We arrived on a busy Sunday, and were greeted by this giant dome, looking something otherworldly. People hiking the top of the rock looked like ants pilgrimaging to the looming space. We followed suite, trekking behind fellow hikers (mostly families.) It’s not at all an intense hike, as even toddlers seemed to traverse to the top without tears. We briskly ambled the vertical granite and made it to the top quite easily, shared a quick bite, let the wind wash over us, and then climbed back down (not forever changed, as some others seem to be.)

Below are some photos from that day, and then later that day at Colorado Bend State Park, a totally underrated park here in Texas with some absolutely gorgeous waterfalls & river view.

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  1. Anonymous says

    If you liked Enchanted Rock, you really ought to take the time to head up to the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. Not sure where you are in Texas, but sounds like southern part of the state, so it is a bit of a drive (3 hours from Dallas) but they are by far the most interesting place to hike east of the Llano Estacado. The Ozarks are good too but I think they Wichitas are better. Just two cents of unsolicited advice…
    http://www.summitpost.org/charon-s-garden-wilderness/274583

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