The Express-News has much of their Sunday Travel section devoted to Texas state parks this week, including profiles of two specific parks: Pedernales Falls in the Hill Country north of San Antonio, and Palo Duro Canyon in far, far northwest Texas. The former I've been to a few times; the latter I've never been to since I can't figure out a convenient way or time to get up to Amarillo. The idea of this spectacular and rugged canyon in the middle of the drearily monotonous plains is intruiging.
The newspaper plans to do further profiles of the remaining parks, so this will apparently be an ongoing feature for quite some time.
Other articles in yesterday's paper include The state of our state parks and New Texas state parks funds prompt call for repairs, more staff.
Of course, whle reading about our parks may be enjoyable, actually going to them is even more so. Sometimes it just doesn't work out, though. Last weekend we tried to visit South Llano River State Park, near Junction, a couple hours west of here--a park in an area that is part Hill Country and part West Texas. We hadn't been there since shortly after we moved to this area more than eight years ago.
But thanks to all the rain that we've been having, the river was a bit high, and covered the low water crossing of the road that enters the park. So the park was closed to all for the July 4 holiday. Fortunately, thanks to the new funding for our parks system, we don't have to worry about it being closed for good eventually. So we'll have to try again soon.