I’m having post Memorial Day blues. This past weekend was one of the best I’ve had in a very long time, and I can’t tell you just how much I needed it! Isaac and I were originally going to go camping an hour west of San Antonio with some of our friends, but when the chance of rain for the weekend didn’t go away, we changed plans at last-minute and I’m glad we did!
Instead of roughing it at a primitive campsite with two of our closest friends, Matt and Brittany, we stayed at my aunt’s house in San Antonio (which I’ve talked about here, here and here… can you tell I love going there?!) and went hiking at the Pedernales Falls State Park outside of Johnson City. Brittany and I were happy because we had running water, showers and toilets- quite an upgrade from what we were going to have at the campsite. And the Pedernales Falls State Park was gorgeous, so you know we didn’t complain a bit!
We went hiking at the park on Sunday, and were a little worried about getting in because of the high traffic due to Memorial Day and the river and creeks rising because of all the rain. However, it all worked out and we were able to get in for only $6 a person! A couple of the trails were closed off because the river was too high, but they still had over 30 miles of trails open for hiking. We decided to go on the Wolf Mountain Trail (6-7 miles) and laughed at the 4 hour estimate given by the map. We thought we could do that hike in half the time… But after two long stops to wade and swim in some creeks, we realized we didn’t even have time to finish the hike before heading to Johnson City for dinner. So we looped around Wolf Mountain and headed back, hiking a commendable 5.5 miles.
I loved this state park! It’s definitely the best one I’ve been to so far. Because of all the rain they’ve been getting in the area lately, the grass was lush and green, the wildflowers were still in full bloom and the creeks were flowing swiftly. It was a very hot day, but the cool creek water was refreshing and there was some shade that gave a nice break from the sun. The outlook gave us a gorgeous view of the rolling hills and green trees. I could have stayed there forever!
I can’t wait to go back again. Next time I’d love to go camping, and Brittany and I have decided that we need to go back during the fall when all the trees change colors. I’m sure it’s beautiful then!
We are seriously so blessed to have friends like Matt and Brittany. We met them the first time we visited our church and have been almost inseparable ever since. They were the first newlywed couple Isaac and I met after getting married, and it’s a lot of fun to hang out with people in the same stage of life that we’re in. We are so similar it’s kinda weird at times, but it makes for such fun memories together! I have really enjoyed getting to know them over the past months and I know we’ve formed friendships that will last forever. Here’s to more adventures and laughter!
So tell me… Where is your favorite place to hike or camp?