Sunday, April 8, 2018
Grelle Recreation Area
Cloudy, 50s-60s, giving way to sun and 70s
Ian, Court, Biff, Finn
Another new trail for us. It turns out there are a lot of trails within the LCRA parks that aren’t well known or traversed. Grelle Recreation Area is right near Muleshoe Bend, which we hiked a few weeks ago, but I liked this trail much better. It was a true hiking trail (not a mountain bike trail) and had lots of ups and downs that made for a semi-challenging experience, especially with our relative lack of hiking, and therefore fitness, as of late.
The original plan was to hike on Saturday morning, but a random cold front came through on Friday night and temperatures went from the 70s on Friday to the low 40s all day Saturday, so we pushed the hike until Sunday when things got a little closer to normal.
We drove out in Courtney’s new car, a Tesla Model 3, which is certainly not a normal car to take out to the trail, but we figured it would hold up on gravel roads and save us gas money. Moreover, there is just something about taking an electric car to go hiking that seems right.
The trail started as your typical rocky Texas trail, but eventually gave way to more traditional tread and even soft dirt in some places along the ridge, which challenged our ankle strength. The dogs did great for the most part, though Biff pulled a fake injury at one point, causing me to carry him for a couple hundred yards until he miraculously recovered. What a goof.
As we climbed up the ridge and hit the Mustang Ridge trail, the sun decided to show itself and the temperatures rose, which was a welcome occurrence and made us shed our jackets and stow them away in the pack. Towards the end of the hike, the sky was clear blue and the trees showed their normal Texas spring time selves.
What a great day to get out and enjoy the trail and life in general.
I generally don’t like it when blogs have all the text first and all the photos second, but that’s how I did this one. Deal with it.