Lost Maples

Part of the reason this blog is presently so far ‘behind’ the current date is that we had to insure we didn’t give away the fact that Nana and Jaja were planning on showing up for the Grand-One’s wedding shower.  Melanie doesn’t read my blog regularly but on the off chance that she’d decide to check in on one of the days talking about our drive to Milwaukee we didn’t want to give away the surprise!feb14

We headed North on Sunday and had a wonderful drive.  In spite of it being a long day we made sure to stop at Lost Maples Natural Area and enjoy some of Momma Nature’s handiwork.  It would have been nicer had we been there when the leaves were on the trees, or even better in autumn when the maples were changing color — but hey, beggars can’t be choosers and we were happy to see the place when we did.

Those are some sharp spines on that cactus buddy….20170212143452001

So for a busy driving day, it turned out lovely and we were better positioned for our Monday drive through Hill Country.

20170212150709001When a person has limited vacation time and they want to live life to the fullest — sometimes this is what they choose — a quick drive through to see whether there’s more to see that you want to spend a different vacation exploring!

Thanks for stopping, and check back tomorrow to see what’s up!


6 thoughts on “Lost Maples

  1. Hey, you guys are sounding like young chickens…a few hours of free time heading anyway the wind blows. Sounds like fun!

    And if I’m not mistaken, that cactus is prickly pear. We had one in our back yard and the fruit is quite tasty. Though you can see the spines on the large sections you cannot see them on the fruit…they are almost invisible. I made the mistake of trying to pluck the fruit off by hand. It took hours to get the thousands of fine stickers out of my thumb. I learned that you had to grab them with tongs, dip them in boiling water and then you could peel them. Pretty smart defense system, eh?

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    1. Yup — SPRING chickens — waiting for Spring to Sprang. or Sprung. Or something. Having a blast.

      One of these days I’m going to try eating those nopales! I’m told they test like cucumber?

      Good reason for the name, eh? Prickly Pear Cactus. 🙂 Not prickly leaf.

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