Glorious views & a great cup of joe, any better way to start the day?
The days heat up quickly so we decided to ramp up our morning routine to be on the trail well before noon. After discussing the elevation climb & difficulty level of the trails, we decided to take the old CCC road up the mountain & turn around if it got too tough. It was a beautiful climb up & down the hills with breath taking views. Frequent rest stops enabled us to catch our breath & soak in the pervasive silence.
The trail up no longer resembled a road; it was narrow foot bed of loose rocks. Occasional remainders of the stone wall that once marked the downward slope edge are all that is left. It was a gorgeous hike & we were always beckoned onward. A bathroom signed lured me past our designated return point & it turned out to be much farther down/up the trail than we had figured. Our three-mile trip turned into a long 6+ miles by the time we reached our camp! Thankfully, the last two miles were downhill on a paved surface. We soaked in the vistas without worrying about losing our footing. The rest of the afternoon W lounging in the shade with a cold beverage!
A Star Party at McDonald Observatory was our evening entertainment. We drove up early to learn more at their visitor center & enjoy the views from a different mountain top. Darn if a thick cloud cover didn’t roll in before the program started! We took them up on their raincheck offer & will try again tomorrow night. We enjoyed the drive & the visitor center so it was a fun date night!