Thursday, September 26, 2013

Top Ten Reasons For You To Be At E-Rock Saturday

The Top Ten reasons for you to be at The Rock on Saturday:

10.  You will find out lots of stuff you don't know about The Rock.
  9.  You will be able to ask Park Staff those burning questions you have had for years.
  8.  You will be treated to great Snacks provided by Friends of Enchanted Rock.
  7.  You will get in the Park free.
  6.  You will be part of an elite group of trash picker-uppers.
  5.  You will be able to name drop, "I was talking to Melissa the other day, you know she runs the Friends..."
  4.  You will find a volunteer activity for yourself which will energize and excite you.
  3.  You will enjoy a fabulous weather day at Texans favorite place.
  2.  You will be hanging out with the coolest people in Texas.
  1.  You will BE one of those cool people.

9-12 this Saturday at the Group Pavillion.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We Love Volunteers at Enchanted Rock!

From the Scenic View Point on Loop Trail

Hello everyone,
Our new Enchanted Rock SNA Superintendent, Doug Cochran, is very interested in community involvement.  Here is the opportunity to take care of the natural area we love so much. We are all aware of the need to protect the unique natural resources and we know the most effective way to do that is through public education. In addition to daily operations (office, maintenance, etc) the park is asking for volunteers to train as interpretive "docents" to be out and about answering visitor questions, providing impromptu tours, vernal pool protection, etc. There is also a need for invasive plant control for you TMN and NPSoT folks! Please consider offering your talents, ideas and skills to ERSNA's new volunteer program. This volunteer program will be managed by ERSNA's Interpreter/Volunteer Coordinator, James Arno. Friends of Enchanted Rock will provide support and assistance. Let's help them make this important effort a success!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Good Stuff Happening in the Texas Hill Country!

Golden Cheeked Warbler

"Famous, or infamous?"  (from the movie Young Frankenstein). The protection of this hill country resident caused a lot of emotional confrontations a few years ago.  The bigger picture is that the place we love so much - the Texas Hill Country - is being gobbled up by development.  The Hill Country Land Trust is devoted to keeping large pieces of this land intact for future generations to enjoy as we have.

If you approach Enchanted Rock from the south on RR 965, you will see this sign on the land adjacent to the Park.  This is a recent conservation easement established by August Faltin with the help of the Hill Country Land Trust.  Thank you, August!  This property could have become a condominium development, one of the fates E Rock could have met before the Nature Conservancy and the State of Texas purchased the land.

Monday, September 9, 2013

I can visit Enchanted Rock on a whim. If you aren't jealous, you should be. This evening, there were two cars in the park, and I saw no people. The balmy wind blew from the southeast up the face of the Rock at eighteen mph.  Eleven turkey vultures flew together, very close to the Rock, and close to me, as close as twenty feet.  Sprinkles of moisture came from nearby storm clouds, colors abounded with the setting sun.  A tall buck led a group of does down the trail. Mondays at E Rock can be pure magic!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Twerking at The Rock

I heard that, moments before I arrived at this location, this turkey vulture was twerking.  She stopped when I reached in my pack for binoculars.

There was an almost capacity crowd at Enchanted Rock this Labor Day Weekend morning, before the heat caused most to seek the refuge of air conditioned cars, shops, restaurants, and hotel rooms.  Still there, however, are a great many Boy Scouts. Hats off to their leaders, who endure the heat to give their boys the Rock experience.  According to one young Scout I interviewed on the Loop Trail, "It's a lot of work, but it's worth it."

Oh, the vulture was perching.  I thought you said twerking.  Never mind.