|Zinnia Field at Wildseed Farms|
First, I'll give a quick update on the West Trail hike that we completed on our last day at Lost Maples State Park. If you read our last blog post, I commented on how the East Trail was the worst hike I'd ever done (my opinion). The West Trail wasn't much better, but I won't bore you with the details. It was a little longer, not as steep, but much of it followed a very rocky dry wash. Even out of the dry wash, it had the same large stones to step on, which made for slow-going.
Not as many river crossings this time.
I won't give a play-by-play, but here are a few pretty photos from the hike, with captions:
|Pretty Limestone Cliffs|
|Interesting Vegetation Pattern on the Pond|
At one point I saw tall, spikey, red flowers growing in the river and posed next to them to illustrate their height (I'm 5'3"):
Here's a close-up of the red spikey flower, plus a few other pretty wildflowers we passed on the trail:
Just one more....
Now, on to Fredericksburg...
We don't normally stay at KOAs, but this trip we decided to stay right in the middle of all the action: Luckenbach, Wildseed Farms, Circle E Candle Shop, Grape Creek and other Wineries -- all of these are on the east side of Fredericksburg, along with the KOA.
Our first full day we made a trip to Wildseed Farms. We have been here before, but always in the spring on our way north. This time, we are on our way back to Retama, so we could buy what we wanted for our tiny yard, knowing that we don't have long to cart it around in the motor home.
Before we made our final purchases, we strolled along the flower fields...
|Row of Gayfeather|
Wildseed Farms is known for its seed mixtures. We didn't buy any perennial or wildflower seeds, because it's just too difficult to grow from seed in the Rio Grande Valley, with the harsh sun and wind. Here's what we did buy:
|3 Barrel Cactus + 3 Pots to Plant them in|
|Candelilla + Pot (It will be taller when planted)|