Monday, April 22, 2013

Cowboy capital of Texas
by H. Michael

We felt like we needed a break from boat projects so on Thursday we trailered our iron horses over to Bandera so we could ride the twisted sisters with the outlaw boys from Whiskey River. 

Friday we rode from Bandera to Enchanted rock.

Enchanted Rock is an enormous pink granite rock formation located  approximately 15 miles north of  Fredricksburg, Texas.  It covers approximately 640 acres and rises 425 feet above the surrounding terrain to an elevation of 1,825 feet above sea level.  It is the largest pink granite monadnock in the United States.  Our hike from the bottom to the top (and back) took about an hour and a half, was enjoyable, and the weather was perfect.  I imagine there are times of the year when you fry like an egg in a skillet on top of that rock.  Actually the weather conditions the whole day were magnificent.  It was the kind of day that follows a cold front after it marches through Texas.  It started out a little cool, with leather jacks and gloves, but transitioned into short sleeves around noon with plenty of sun, blue sky, and mild temperatures.