An Enchanting Evening Atop Enchanted Rock!
by Rachelle Siegrist
We spent a day with friends Bob, Diane and Sue exploring the surrounding areas of Kerrville, TX during the recent TexArt workshop at Schreiner University. After a day of birding at South Llano River State Park, we arrived Tuesday evening at Enchanted Rock State Park, and I was as giddy as a kid going to Disney World when I leapt out of the van along with Wes and Sue, and headed for the trail leading to Enchanted Rock! Our first glimpse of the grand dome was shrouded by trees, as we started up the trail.
As we walked along, the path began opening up revealing rocks scattered about, nestled by cactus and masses of yellow flowers! It was truly spectacular, and the further we went . . . the more amazing it became!
Beautiful wildflowers blooming everywhere!
No photographs or words could have truly prepared us for the amazing sight we were about to see! Suddenly there before us, was nothing but pink granite as far as the eye could see that kept going up and up, and the further we climbed, the larger it appeared. The evening light bathed everything in beautiful rich colors making the surroundings appear nothing less than stunning!
Wes hiking ahead of Sue and I suddenly found himself cresting part of the huge granite dome, startling a group of turkey vultures and sending them whirling up into the air, soaring in a tornado like pattern while surrounding him, as they flew up and up. Needless to say, he was quite bummed we didn’t get a photo of his amazing experience since we were busily photographing flowers!
Turkey vultures swirled above, as our trio reached the top of the huge dome, and we were amazed to find numerous depressions on the top, which were filled with water and had individual ecosystems growing in them.
Each little pond was filled with flowers and grasses and a few even with Yucca blossoms shooting up into the air. The water was filled with minute creatures swimming about and we were told there were Fairy Shrimp which could be seen at night when shining a flashlight down into the water causing them to come to the surface.
By this time we had the granite dome to ourselves to explore, and had started noticing huge boulders, which appeared to be strategically placed, like an abstract Stonehenge of sorts. The unfolding scene gave us the sense of being on the surface of another planet somewhere far . . . far away, as the pink granite surface descended before us, with these huge, lichen covered rocks sitting here and there, looking as if they might slide right off with the slightest encouragement!
A few of the stunning boulders scattered about the dome, and Wes and I to show the scale
Atop the grand dome, we were afforded a spectacular 360° view as far as the eye could see, making us feel like we were on top of the world! As the sun started to set the scene became almost surreal, nothing but complete peace and beauty surrounding us at the top, completely enchanting the three of us! I always feel closer to God atop mountains and in grand places, thus making this an even more magical place!
Wes and Sue walking along the top of the dome
Descending the smooth granite dome, each scene unfolded, revealing yet another incredible photo-op with clumps of yellow and lavender flowers blooming in mass, with many jutting up from small cracks in the granite surface.
Sheer delight filled us as we continued our decent down the rocky surface basking in the beauty and soaking it all in. Big smiles covered our faces the entire ride back to Schreiner University, as we recounted our truly enchanting evening atop Enchanted Rock! Many thanks again to Bob and Diane Mason for making it happen!
More wildflowers blooming on the way down
Until next time . . .