Trip to Enchanted Rock

This week was spring break week. We didn’t do anything all week, until yesterday when we decided to go to Enchanted Rock State Park. It’s near Fredericksburg and about a 2 hour drive from our house.

The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States.

Here’s a view from the bottom looking up before we started:

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The hike up is pretty steep although the views are really pretty. Here’s Sandra and her boyfriend Dylan in the middle of the picture:

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View on the way up of another nearby formation showing lots of vegetation in the area:

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According to legend,

Tonkawa Indians believed ghost fires flickered at the top, and they heard weird creaking and groaning, which geologists now say resulted from the rock’s heating by day and contracting in the cool night. A conquistador captured by the Tonkawa described how he escaped by losing himself in the rock area, giving rise to an Indian legend of a “pale man swallowed by a rock and reborn as one of their own.” The Indians believed he wove enchantments on the area, but he explained that the rock wove the spells. “When I was swallowed by the rock, I joined the many spirits who enchant this place.”

Here’s Nicole at the top:

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This picture from the top I really like although it is hard to see in this small size picture – a tree in the middle of a road…

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When we got tired Nicole and I laid down on the rock for a rest:

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And then Dylan, Sandra and Nicole climbed some more rocks:

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We all had a good time.

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