Chapter 2, Caprock Canyons State Park
Caprock was beautiful as always (the pictures speak for themselves), but we didn't do too much exploring there. Vanilla Bean was eager to stretch his legs after being cooped up all day, but the ground was covered in goatheads, tons of flies swarmed, and it was still pretty warm out. We did do a couple of loops through the prairie dog town that is the highlight of the RV campsites at Caprock. Beechnut thinks they are useless rodents, but I find them quite charming. There are strict instructions not to bother the wildlife in the park, but I'd say planting their "village" in the middle of a campsite is pretty alarming for them. Every time someone walks down the concrete path to the restrooms or the playground, they go into the organized alert frenzy with the designated "alarmers" peeping their heads out of holes while everyone else goes below. Chirp Chirp Chirp CHIRP CHIRP!
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|Giving in to the Power of the Phone|
Caprock Canyons in Quitaque, TX is located in the southern portion of the Texas Panhandle. It is a gem that has fallen into a mostly flat landscape. Caprock is definitely worth a visit, but might I recommend the months of October – April (this applies to most things in Texas). It accommodates a diverse crowd with full RV hookups, but plenty of tent camping too. There are a wide array of long and short hikes, easily accessible, so you can take a stroll from a parking lot or really get lost in it if you want to. The mountain biking trails are also nice. If you are really pinched for time or not the adventurous type, you can also enjoy fantastic views simply driving through the park. Get your supplies ahead of time, although there is a grocery store in the town of Quitaque. Exciting fact about Quitaque? It is a hop, skip, and a jump away from the home of Bob Wills, “The King of Country Western Swing”. I hear he’s a pretty big deal.
The morning after the light incident, we were able to get in a couple of scenic mini-hikes and the surroundings made me feel so serene, exhilarated, and seriously happy to not be at work! We let Vanilla Bean loose on the trail and after a day of being cooped up, sheer joy is what we saw as he danced and poked flowers and ran and explored.