This day, I took a drive of about 80 miles down to Lost Maples, a state park member that protects this relic canyon of maples and other rare species of trees. Usually jam packed with peepers during the autumn, the winter visitors are few and far between. I took the Maples Trail which is only an introduction to the other many trails of the park. This morning, it was a kind of dreary, wet and cool day but it did not dampen my spirits for a nice winter hike among a beautiful forested canyon that had beautiful springs and flowing river.
It very much reminds me of McKittrick Canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains.
The drive to and from this park from my campsite is some of the most dramatic country I have ever seen in Texas. Wow! I am glad I did not try to pull my camper up and over these canyon walls. The road was beautifully engineered and the beautiful canyons were thickly forested with all kinds of brush and trees. They all looked very healthy to me considering the drought that has killed thousands of our beautiful Texas trees.
After my return trip to Junction, I stopped in at a local eatery that had been recommended to me: City Sweets, which is located on the town square. It is a very clean and affordable cafe specializing in freshly baked breakfast fare. It also has fresh lunch items that fits vegetarians and burger eaters. A nice and refreshing treat.
|City Sweets Cafe|