It is a real privilege to live in the Texas Hill Country. The land is harsh, but beautiful. This is not an area for the weak or timid, but it gives back as much as it takes. One the the great things it gives it the rivers. Texas has only one natural lake, and even that one has a dam on it. All other lakes are reservoirs. But, we have plenty of rivers and they provide all sorts of recreational opportunities. One of my favorites is traveling down them. You can go by inner tube, but boat or, my preference, by kayak.
Yesterday, April 26th, I did a kayak trip on the Llano River with several friends and a geology professor from Rice University. The geology along the stretch of river we traveled is world class. The day was beautiful, the weather was perfect, the river lovely and the company was good. A couple of friends met us about two-thirds of the way with lunch and drinks and then we finished up a friends house for a cocktail party. Does life get any better?
Here are some pictures:
Our professor explaining the ancient microbial growth that formed the formations. This rock fell off the cliff above us at some time in the past.
If you have a river, you gotta have a rope swing.
The group stopping for a geology stop. Very interesting formations are found at this location.
Sink Hole Rapids – named for all of the kayaks that get sunk here.
Some friends making their way down the rapids.
A more peaceful part of the river.
Another rock that has fallen from the top of the cliff. This face of rock was once the top surface above us.
This is from another stretch of the river. The kayaker below the cliff is my son. Another really good day.