Well, well, well. Here we are again! I thought this would be a good time to tell you about my trip to the Balcones Canyonlands national wildlife refuge. The refuge is 27,000 acres of pure, unadulterated wilderness. It was established to preserve the habitats of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo.

In case you don’t know already know, most of Texas doesn’t have much of a cold season. Where I’m from in the Hill Country the temperature rarely drops below freezing, and you can forget about snow. Do you know what that means? Year-round hikes, baby! So a couple weeks ago some of my companions and I headed out to the Doeskin Ranch entrance on FM 1174 (entry is free by the way).

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The bark of a winged elm, also known as witch elm.

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A log hunting cabin of antiquity.

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Where will it lead?

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The refuge is bright and lively even in the dead of Texas winter.

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A striped bark scorpion. He looked cold.

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There are many trails to chose from.

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Limestone steps across a clear spring.

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The water is crystal clear and home to all kinds of wildlife.

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A waterfall. This place is fun to splash in when the weather is warm.

We always have an awesome time at the Canyonlands. Anytime is a good time in nature, am I right?

-Tex

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