Buescher State Park – Pine Gulch Loop 1/29/15

 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hike: Buescher State Park – Pine Gulch Loop, near Smithville, TX

Weather: partly cloudy, low-mid 70s, nice

Hikers: Ian, Court, Biff

Length: 7.48 miles

 

This was my second time on this loop and Courtney’s first.  Biff also came along today, as there isn’t too much elevation change on this hike, so his back can handle it.  He wore his backpack for a little while, but he is much better off leash, so when we saw how empty the trail was, he got to go on his own.  We also did the loop in the opposite direction of last time (counter-clockwise today) for a different view of things.

Court and Biff at the trail head

Court and Biff at the trail head

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It was a little chilly to start off, but quickly warmed and the first half of the trail flew by.  There was quite a bit more water on the trail than when I was here in November.  We didn’t see any wildlife though, which I attribute to getting out a little later than last time (a little after 10am today).

mucky water

mucky water

viewpoint

viewpoint

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pond level on this hike

pond level on this hike

pond level on November hike

pond level on November hike

Biff did really well, but Court and I were feeling it a bit on the second half of the hike.  Some days are just hard hiking days, regardless of how hard the trail actually is.  This was our third hike in 12 days, which I’m sure had something to do with it.  Luckily we had packed quite a bit of food for the hike so we could rest and refuel.

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One response to “Buescher State Park – Pine Gulch Loop 1/29/15

  1. Looks a lot like our woods 14 miles down the road, doesn’t it? Pretty.
    Mom

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