There are huge cracks where the earth has separated from sidewalks and buildings. We passed by one lake yesterday that was closed to swimming and fishing because the swimming hole is dried up and there is no water at the boat launch. It's bad. And it's hot!
I took the kids out for one geocache yesterday at Stephen F. Austin State Park. When we got out of the car around 4pm the temp read 102*. But that's not enough to stand between me and the geocache challenge. (Rachel says I'm too competitive but I'm not sure I agree with that.)
It's hot with almost no breeze but on we hike.
Through a parched forest we walk. Seeking the elusive cache. The grass was yellow. We need rain so badly.
Saw a bug flying and thought it was a dragonfly but it turns out to be an adult antlion!
The kids pose for a picture on the dry savannah.
As we hike closer to the Brazos River the tree cover becomes more dense. The trail was littered with cottonwood leaves. Cottonwood trees are a sure sign that this area floods. NEVER buy land with cottonwoods if you don't like flooding. I found that out with our second home purchase.
My GPS shows that we're near the cache. But not close enough. We stop to see the mighty Brazos River.
Back on the trail Rachel spot a large moth on the side of a tree. We've seen these before but I still don't have an ID on them. I spent the better part of this morning trying to find the name of this moth. No luck so far.
Oh no! It must have gotten a nasty sunburn because it's peeling.
After much sweating (I did wear a bandanna around my head to soak up the sweat.) the GPS shows that we are very near the cache. We head off into the woods off the path. We go down a ravine and up another. We're trekking through areas that have not seen human feet in decades. The ground is thick with leaf litter. Then my GPS gives up. No signal in no man's land.
We head back up and down the ravine before we get too far off route and get lost in the woods. I try to get my GPS working again by searching for clear access to the sky but no luck. Finally Rachel spots the well hidden cache. Do you see it?
We stamp our passports for the challenge, sign the log, grab a couple of trade items and are on our way out of the forest. Even when we finally make it back to the car a little after 6pm it says that it's 99* outside. Whew! AC never felt so good.
Eats for the day:
I was very good. I wasn't very hungry. I snacked on some leftover pieces of Quest bars that I heated in the microwave for 15 seconds. They taste like fresh backed goodies. I have a serious love for these. Charlie even bugs me each day for one. Below are fudge brownie and apple pie.
On the way home from hiking I picked up a
Today, more of the same. And if you have any extra rain inn your parts, please send it our way. :)