Like anyone, I’m a fan of fall. The cooler weather, the leaves changing colors, all that stuff. It doesn’t really happen here. Heck, the last two places I lived before this didn’t really have fall either. I had seasons for the first 29 years of my life and I kind miss them. I’ve been watching the fall foliage reports at a couple state parks west of us. They are at their peak currently, so we drove out to see it. Lost Maples always hits capacity quick and I didn’t want to make the 2 hour drive and be turned away, so we decided to go to Garner State Park instead.
The goal was to see the leaves, but hiking was in order. We first did the hike up Mt. Baldy. It was described as challenging, but I don’t know if that’s the word I would use. It was only a half mile though and offered up great views.
I’m glad we did that first. Going back down, we ran into huge groups of people. Leaving that trail, we stopped at the dam and the little one played in the river. Not exactly river weather, since it was about 60 degrees and drizzling, but you can’t tell a kid that.
We then did the Blinn River Trail. For the most part, it did follow the river. It was relatively flat and easy to navigate, except the large rocks we’d have to skate around. The park has a store and the Garner Grill. It’s in a trailer, but they had a decent menu, if you are good with hamburgers and hot dogs.
We’ll have to go back when it’s warm and the sun is out. It was a good outing though.