Pedernales Falls State Park

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Pedernales Falls State Park is located near Johnson City , Texas.  Johnson City is in the Texas Hill Country.   The Texas State Parks web site has information and a map of the park.

Pedernales Falls State Park is a large park within driving distance of Austin and San Antonio.   The Pedernales River winds through the park.  At the north end of the park is Pedernales Falls.  In the middle of the park is the smaller Twin Falls.

We got lots of rain over this holiday weekend.  We got over two inches of rain over the last two days.  This is the kind of park that is loaded on holiday weekends with folks who are enjoying the river.  This is probably a good place for river floating or tubing as it  is sometimes called.  Since it was raining, there were fewer people here than usual.  A number of tent campers went home early. 

The park is loaded with wildlife.  We have seen a number of deer.  Fawns, bucks and does.  The deer are all over the park.  Some of the other campers were feeding them bits of corn. 

We saw a baby armadillo.  It was in the middle of the road wandering around doing what armadillo babies do.  We stopped right in front of it.  I honked the horn.   Very little noticeable reaction.  It was sort of moving toward the right - the edge of the road.  I wheeled the truck and trailer way over to the left.  Linda kept an eye on the little fellow to make sure we cleared it.  I how the baby armadillo learns how to deal with roads and cars before he gets smashed.

The park has a number of roadrunners.  Everyday we saw different ones in different parts of the park.  As usual, they are faster than my camera.

There are a number of rabbits.  Linda looked outside one morning and there were ten rabbits playing next to our trailer.  There are also lots of hawks flying around.   The hawks seem to show up in the afternoons along with the vultures.  The buzzards are doing something new I haven't seen before.  They were going through garbage bags hung up around a couple of campsites.  Vultures have learned that it is safer to eat dead stuff out of garbage bags than it is to eat dead stuff off the road.   Put that in your Ripley's.

Below left is a frog peeking out from a little cave in the trail.  Below right on beyond are pictures from the Pedernales River.

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Below are pictures of Pedernales Falls.

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The pictures below are of the Twin Falls area of the park.

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