Wednesday, April 13, 2016

More than stroll, less than hike

Hello, everyone.

We walked at Falcon State Park yesterday. It was very interesting--and, to our pleasant surprise, a cloudy morning. With bits of drizzle toward the end.

Falcon State Park is close to the Falcon Dam, a dam for flood control and water conservation on the Rio Grande River. It is part of our nation's border with Mexico. It's a fairly large lake, more shallow than Lake Amistad farther inland. The dam was built in the 1960's if I remember correctly, and when Hurricane Beulah came through the dam was filled up in record time. (Beulah camped and loitered, raining like crazy, instead of passing through and disappearing like a normal storm.)

View from the parking area near a boat put-in
 The trail is about 2 1/2 miles long and loops pretty much in a straightforward loop around the road. We parked near the boat put-in and started walking.
Somebody is keeping an eye on his house (the hole)

Luncheon meeting?
At the end of our 2-ish miles, we were a little bit tired, but happy. And we got to see some creatures we don't see often. There were lots of interesting plants too. One oddity: unlike many scrubby areas in the Valley, I didn't see any prickly poppy plants in the area. Lots of mesquite trees and coyotillo, and cenizo shrubs, though.