Sunday, May 04, 2014

It's Not the Desert

After leaving Arizona and driving across New Mexico, we traveled I-10 into Texas. West Texas looks very similar to the desert terrain in Arizona and New Mexico. But by Wednesday, we had entered Texas Hill Country. No more saguaros. There are real, honest-to-goodness trees here.

We also see lots of vultures, both turkey vultures and these black vultures.

Driving on the roads around here at night must be tough. We see so much road kill, especially white-tailed deer. The presence of several vultures on the side of the road tells us where to look. We also see them circling in the sky.

One distinctive feature of the woods here in Texas is the live oak tree. They don't grow in Colorado, but they thrive there. Isn't this a magnificent tree?

We are spending several days at Potter's Creek Corps of Engineers Campground, north of San Antonio, on Canyon Lake. Texas is the only place we have seen screened shelters like this.

In colder areas, we see camping cabins where folks can bring their sleeping bags and camp stoves and stay in a basic log cabin with (usually) no electric and no water. Also, no beds, just wooden platforms for the sleeping bags. Here, these shelters have electricity for a light and a ceiling fan. Sleeping bags are rolled out on the floor and cooking is done outside. The screens keep out the bugs and let in lots of light, something missing in the camping cabins.

Just look at these catfish, caught Friday on Canyon Lake!

We aren't in the desert, any more.


  1. Those screened shelters are pretty impressive. That's what they need in the UP for the mosquitoes and black flies.

  2. Our Grandson LOVES staying in the screened shelters. At some state parks in Texas they even have bunk beds in the shelter - all you supply are the linens! We've also stayed in some like above - we bring a couple of double bed air mattresses and our sleeping bags and have so much fun with the grands! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Have to look into Canyon Lake for our next trip through the area. Love the live oaks, it sure isn't the desert is it.