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.
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).
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.