Northwest Bexar (pronounced "bear") County near San Antonio, Texas, sits on the edge of the Edwards Plateau in a deeply eroded and dissected region known as the Texas Hill Country. Friedrich Wilderness Park, where we walked 2.5 miles today, lies on the Balcones Escarpment where the land rises abruptly from the Gulf Coast Plains to the Edwards Plateau in an area of dense faulting called the Balcones Fault Zone. This park lies above the Trinity/ Glen Rose Aquifer is on the contributing zone for the Edwards Aquifer, currently the primary source of drinking water for San Antonio and many other communities.
|Kiosk photo of a karst where water enters the underground aquifer.|
|Diagram from Edwards Aquifer Authority|
Living in San Antonio, or anywhere in the Texas Hill Country for that matter, we love when it rains because the water seeps down into the aquifer, recharging it. When the aquifer falls below certain levels, water restrictions go into place.
Our hike in Friedrich Wilderness Park today took us through the lower level of the park. We didn't have as many steep hills as our Saturday 10K hike in the park.
|Typical terrain in Friedrich Wilderness Park|
|We wear hiking boots in this park.|
|One of the oldest working windmills|
in Bexar County.
|Susan on the trail ahead of me.|
|A walk in the park.|
On Sunday, we will go back to Friedrich Park to re-walk the 10K Volksmarch with Map My Walk using the new directions (to account for recent changes in the park's trail system).
This morning when we drove to the park, we did not take into account we would be driving in rush hour traffic! Luckily, I went against traffic, but Susan M. got stuck in a traffic jam. We decided we will not walk so early on a week day from now on. This means we will have to wait for cooler weather to hike on week days so we can walk later in the morning. In the meantime, we will continue our weekend walks early.
After our walk, I showered and then went to Target, Pep Boys, and took my car to the car wash. Tomorrow is my appointment with the hairdresser before our six-week trip.
All for today. Have a good evening.