I’ve been sticking mostly to the same parks I always hit. With the heat as bad as it is, and me not wanting to get up super duper early in the morning, I tend to stay at closer locations. But there were two new-to-me parks in this batch, which is nice! And just wait for my next update – it’ll be ALL new-to-me parks and some really cool stuff, I promise!
41. This evening hike was sooooo hot and muggy. I hadn’t been out to this trail in months, and I didn’t realize just how overgrown everything would be, locking in humidity and stifling the breeze. It was still a nice walk in many ways – lots of young deer around with their mothers (dozens!), and we got to introduce the Big Tree to a few newer members of the group. On the way home, a lightning storm started.
42. So, so hot. And humid. I can’t wait for summer to be over. At least we had a really fun group with lots of ladies out today. But mostly I was concentrating on trying not to die while breathing in pea soup air. [Hike 27/52 for my 52 Hike Challenge.]
43. This was my first time on this part of the Greenway, which will eventually circle around the entirety of San Antonio. It was a nice walk with a bunch of butterflies, tiny frogs, dragonflies, deer, and other fun things to see. It was nice to see baby Marlie for the first time since her early weeks of life, too. The downside is that despite it being in the low 70s and overcast when we started our walk, it was sunny and almost 90 degrees by the time we finished. Eek! [Hike 28/52 for my 52 Hike Challenge.]
44. All kinds of critters out today – froggies, bunnies, sneks, deer, butterflies! Not much else to say about this one except that I got to meet three women I’d never met before, and that’s always awesome. [Hike 29/52 for my 52 Hike Challenge.]
45. I finally got up to this park! Purgatory Creek Natural Area is about 45 miles north of San Antonio in San Marcos. It’s an interesting park, woven around urban areas so that you pass under bridges, over the top of a rock dam, through grassy areas, and through straight-up woodlands. Some of the trails are well-marked; for others, we relied on All Trails to make sure we were going the right way. With all the varying ecosystems we walked through, it was quite the adventure! Can’t wait to go back. We only explored a portion of this park! [Hike 30/52 for my 52 Hike Challenge.]
46. Gotta be honest. I didn’t want to do this hike. It was hot and humid, I hadn’t slept well, and my body felt run down. But I was the hike leader, so I went. There were supposed to be 11 hikers – all but three, including me, canceled. So it was a very small group. At least I got to see this awesome gigantic spider. Pics don’t do justice to how big she is. [Hike 31/52 for my 52 Hike Challenge.]
That’s it for now – again, I promise the next update will look FAR different, not just the same park over and over, heh.