Dylan and I have had the worst time trying to go camping in the last few months. We’ve tried two other times but they never worked out due to extenuating circumstances. We’d had the two completely planned out and unexpected, like a car breaking down, decided to thwart our efforts. This third time almost looked like we were going to be stalled on camping again. We had planned on camping in the primitive site at Pedernales with our two pups. When we got to Pedernales the form to fill out stated that dogs could not camp overnight at the primitive sites. Somehow we’d missed that warning, most likely because camping with dogs overnight has never been a problem before. So we were about to leave and just do some day hiking when the office worker came out and told Dylan that an electric site had canceled and we could take that site for a few dollars more. So we took it! We happily paid the extra $6 to camp that night. We drove to our camp spot, set up our tent and threw in the sleeping bags as quickly as we could so we could get a hike in before sun down.
We grabbed the dogs and headed out. We picked a medium-difficulty path and set forward. It was beautiful. Much of the path was shaded with tall Live Oaks and various shady trees. The terrain changed from a shaded path to rocky steps, and open areas with a small waterfall and a great view of the river. At one point, when Dylan was hiking in front, he ran into a giant spider web that stretched across the entire pathway. It took some time to get all the webbing off (or at least it felt like it). We found the spider on the ground (thank God). It looked like a giant tick. I still haven’t identified it yet, but we did see another one later on so they are at least somewhat common, not that that really makes me feel better. Later on though, we came across a path that looked like it was supposed to be blocked off, or cut off. Naturally we decided to seek that path. Luckily we did. We walked down a slight hill and found a beautiful view of fall trees, along with a vulture, taking in the view, just like us. He/she stayed in his/her spot the entire time and let me take some pictures.
Parts of the hike, had us do a little climbing to scale up and down, which made the hike challenging and fun. Even our Basset Hound loved the challenge. He fools you with his little legs. You’d think he can’t jump up much but he can prove you wrong. He was a regular billy goat on the rocky terrain. But of course when we come home he’ll stick his paws on the edge of a bench and look at you, expecting you to bend over and pull his feet up.
After the hike, I fed the dogs and Dylan started on dinner. Due to the convenience, especially when primitive hiking, we started buying Mountain House freeze dried foods. This way we only have to bring a few of these pouches plus the items for boiling water. You throw the boiling water into the big, wait a few minutes and BAM! You have an amazing meal in a bag. This weekend we had Turkey Tetrazzini, and Apple Cobbler. It was some of the best cobbler we’d eaten. So good! Dylan loved it so much he plans on writing them to thank them for their glorious meals. We’ve eaten dozens of their dinners, breakfasts and had a few of their desserts and they’re always phenomenal. It makes our camping trips quick and easy. We love it and we both recommend.
After dinner we laid out with the dogs under the stars, the warmth of the fire at our sides, staring up at the wonder that is our world.
Overall the trip was relaxing and much needed. I’m so grateful we were still able to camp, even with the (almost) setback. (Pictures to come later-sorry!)