We heard a rumor there were beautiful flower gardens and ponds on top...
...so we hiked the summit trail, gaining 425 feet in elevation in just over half a mile...it was one steep trail...
...and we were not disappointed.
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Enchanted rock is a batholith, a mass of molten material that rose to the surface and solidified. The pools of water and mini gardens are vernal ponds. There are tadpoles swimming around in them that we saw, and tiny shrimp that are said to be in them that we didn't see. It is a very strenuous hike, but well worth the effort. There is not much shade on the summit trail so wear a hat and carry plenty of water. Pack a lunch to eat at the top while enjoying the view.
There is an easier, 4-mile loop trail which circles the rock. We hiked 2 miles of it, and I even found a geocache while most of the others were taking a break.
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It's been a long time since I did a Travel Tip Thursday. I still have lots of travel stories from this summer and I thought I'd link up. I looked, and Pseudo hasn't posted since 2010? Has she left the blogosphere?
I'm posting more pics to the Starting Over Facebook page. The link is in the sidebar. You should not have to "like" the page to view them. Feel free, if you are so inclined, as it is not a profile page so liking it does not give me access to any of your profile information that is not public. It simply prompts FB to post updates to your home page and allows you to comment.