Saturday, July 10, 2010

First out of City Hike, and man was it cool!

Well, we had our first hike outside of the City today at Pedernales Falls State Park, and boy did we get off to a cool start. What's in that pic is a 5 foot rattlesnake the Ranger had caught right before we got to the park. Yeah, a bit of a wake up call for our team about what we can run in to out in the woods. Very cool to see, and when they laid it in the grass, it nearly disappeared.

We went about 8 miles on the Wolf Mountain Trail, got in some good climbs and descents, saw some great views, and a dung beetle pushing a ball of poop. Rick told us that the dung beetle uses the balls of poop to help attract mates. Who knew, its not just human guys that use BS to woo women...

Needless to say, it was very, very hot so we got a good lesson in the importance of hydration. At least a liter of water per hour is key to staying hydrated and well on the trail. Can't stress that enough!! Ed and Carl are showing how to do it!

So, there it is! The team is doing great, working on their fitness and having a great time experiencing a Central Texas summer on the trails!

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