On rest days between the hikes, we did side trips to Medina and Garner SP. The apple store in Medina had one fresh apple pie left and of course, we picked it up. A real bargain at $22. A fresh pie from freshly picked apples is a whole world different from store pies. They had great apple pie spice ice cream too.
Second rest day saw us at Garner SP. The kids and dogs had a blast playing in water below the dam.
Some pictures below. More at this link - http://picasaweb.google.com/chron999x/LostMaplesPhotos?authkey=Gv1sRgCPC9s4TGjPfbzwE#slideshow/5410338711814197074
Location of Lost Maples SNA. There is a bug in Google Maps. When you click on the map, it will bring up text either in Mandarin or Arabic or some strange language. So consider warned. Please do not flame me.
Maples starting to turn color
Maples that had already turned colors along the maple trail
The small (30 spaces ONLY) campground at the SNA. Reserve your spot no later than 4th of July
Colors along the East Loop Trail
Only the mid-day sun really gets into the canyons. Keeps it cool enough for the maples but can get chilly quick
American Sycamore leaves have this beautiful tapestry
Ponds where the east trail and west trail meet. There is a primitive campground next to the water.
The East trail climbs 2100ft. Not much with just a water bottle but enough to challenge you and the kids. Hikers go up to get to the campground on top of the ridge.
we had one frosty morning and it called for an early morning walk.
Cypress trees in the Frio river at Garner SP. The road from Vanderpool to Uvalde would be a fun ride on a bike.
My yorkie and the mutt hanging out in the mid-day sun
Saw some flyfishers by this pool. I think they were trying to catch the LMB (large mouth bass) that where quite visible in clear water