Walking through Lost Maples State Natural Area is like walking thought a beautiful watercolor. It claims to be the only place in Texas with a large population of Maple trees. For someone like me that is used to the mild winters of Houston, fall and winter seem like the lost seasons and I find the drastic change just amazing.
In the 2 days we were there we hiked almost all the trails in the entire park. The variety is astounding with each section different flora, different scenery and different moods.
The Maple Trail on the East side of the park is probably the most popular trail with many people walking their dogs and taking photos of the fall colors. On every trail I felt like a kid in a candy store. It was breathtaking everywhere I looked and a photograph could be made around every turn.
After hours of hiking our first day the sun was getting low and we were tired and hungry and ready to get back to the campsite to get some rest and hot grub. We were so tired of trail mix and granola bars that we immediately fired up the trusty little camp stove and prepared the old staple of beans and rice for dinner. Due to a drought and subsequent burn ban we had to forgo the campfire so we crawled into the tent and due to exhaustion immediately crashed out.
I woke up to the sound of people talking and kids playing. I rolled over and asked Joel if he was awake and if he would like to go take photos of the stars. I didn’t have any timekeeping devices on but knew it had to be before 10 pm because that’s when quiet time starts. I kissed Joel on the cheek to help him get up, grabbed our camera equipment and headed towards the trails to photograph the stars.
It was really dark and pretty chilly. At least I thought it was chilly, I’m not a big fan of the cold. Joel and I held hands as we walked down the trail in the moonless darkness. We were not using flashlights because our eyes were adjusted and we could just barely see by starlight. We set up a tripod, remote and camera and got some amazing star photos.
Joel jokingly said that next time we needed to bring a fisheye lens for one camera and a 36? telescope for the other. This reminded me of the time we camped in Brazos Bend State Park where they have a 36? telescope!
Stay tuned for more about our trip to Lost Maples. There will be another post about our second day with more photos of this beautiful state natural area.
Here is our second day in Lost Maples.