At the beginning of this month we decided to change that. We all piled into the ol' Subaru and headed for the warm embrace of the West Texas desert.
We arrived at Caprock Canyons State Park under the cover of nightfall and set up a quick and simple camp. After narrowly avoiding a baby rattlesnake, we settled in for the night.
The next morning we woke up with the sun to find ourselves in the heart of some pretty remarkable canyons. We aren't used to seeing this kind of beauty in North Texas, so we were eager to get out into it. So eager, we ignored both the Warden's warning to avoid the upper Canyon and his encouragement to take more water. Needless to say, six hours and seven miles later we were out of water and seriously rethinking our naive decision. We (barely) made it back to camp and took a quick swim in the lake, before cooking up some potatoes and veggies. We're not great campfire cooks, but its something we intend to work on.
The next day we took a much shorter hike and much more water. This time we primarily went out to take pictures and enjoy the sections of canyon that we were too exhausted to the day before. After we were satisfied with our blog-worthy photos, we packed up camp (in the heat of the day) and took the long way home.
Although our trip was short, it was a much needed refresher. We are going to try to do something like this every month. It's important that we make sure to drink the kool-aid we're pushing on people.