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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

3 Texas State Parks -- Garner, Lost Maples & South Llano River

Aloha Everyone,

The Texas Hill Country where J.J. and I have been since four days ago is geographically known as The Edward Plateau which is the southern most extension of the Great Plains. This Plateau is extensive -- covering 36,000 square miles or roughly 17% of Texas.

State parks located in the Texas Hill Country are popular summer destinations for hiking, birding and water activities.

We obtained day use passes for Garner State Park and Lost Maple State Park to scout them for our future visits when the weather is warmer.

Garner State Park is known for the oldest outdoor dance in Texas with its tradition began during the CCC* period of the 1930's. *

Lost Maples State Natural Area is famous for Uvalde Bigtooth Maples, relics from the last Ice Age. Both of these places are definitely worth return visits.

South Llano River State Park is located near Junction, Texas. It took us about 3 hours including two park visitations and a leisurely drive on State Route 83.

A 2,639 acres state park is home to many animals and birds. During the winter, the banks of llano River is a roosting ground for the Rio Grande subspecies of Wild Turkey. On a message board I read that 600 wild turkeys roost in the park.

Wonderful reunion with Diane whom we first met at Choke Canyon State Park. Joined by her husband Bob, who retired from a large scale construction management job, we exchanged stories of our travel adventures.

For dinner, following Bob & Diane's recommendations, we went to the town of Junction and purchased a take out plate of BBQ ribs and a slice of chocolate pie from Lum's BBQ.

Clay & Gloria at the Lam's BBQ


J.J. made me the Kale with shallots stirred fry

Another wonderful day in Texas.

Aloha -- Cathi