15th Jan, 2013

Enchanted Rock Volunteers Clean Trails near Fredericksburg Homes

At 9 AM on Saturday, January 19, 2013, a flock of volunteers from Fredericksburg Texas homes in Gillespie County will meet at the beginning of the Summit Trail in the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.  The Friends of Enchanted Rock will spend the day rebuilding and restoring trails at Enchanted Rock.  It is located north of the small city at 16710 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

Trail Building Projects at Enchanted Rock focus on the most severely eroded and impacted trails first.  Volunteers and guests staying in Fredericksburg TX real estate generally work from 9 AM to 4 PM.  “Trail Project Volunteers” are also rewarded with free camping if they put in at least four hours.  Camping is available tonight and tomorrow.  In addition, there will be no entry fee to the park on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Trail Project days are held on the third Saturday of each month and offer residents of homes in Fredericksburg TX a fun way to participate in the community.  Anyone interested should wear sturdy boots or shoes, work gloves, a sun hat, and sunscreen.  Everyone will also need a sack lunch and their water for the day.

The strenuous work leaves no time for watching birds.  Using hand tools such as shovels and hoes, volunteers load and haul rock, sand, and gravel.  These crews will be building steps, retaining walls, and water breaks as well as checking the dams.

Enchanted Rock is a 425-foot batholith formed of pink granite.  It was named by the Tonkawa Indians who thought that a Spanish conquistador performed magic to create fires glowing at the top.  The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is a great place for primitive backpacking, camping, hiking, rock climbing, and picnics.

Enchanted Rock is a very interesting study in geology, birds, and the stars.  Educational programs and tours are held at Enchanted Rock.  In addition, certified commercial guides provide guided rock climbing activities for interested parties.

On the summit of Enchanted Rock, there are ecologically significant natural features within these islands of vegetation or vernal pools.  These are soil islands located on the bare granite and they contain patches of vegetation.  A number of plants and animals have adapted to the harsh environment.  These creatures take shelter in the depressions in the rock during cold weather.  For example, there are miniature prairie grasses and Live Oak, fairy shrimp and other tiny organisms.

The temperature in January averages 36 degrees during the coldest part of the night; the average high in the summer is 95 degrees.

To find out about Texas Hill Country homes and ranches for sale, please call Dale E. Cook, MBA and owner of SAGE – Premium Texas Real Estate in Fredericksburg at (830) 992-0056.

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