Matagorda Beach, located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in south Texas, is a popular recreation area less crowded than many of the better known areas. It offers sandy beaches to relax on and warm gulf waters to swim in.
This trip was co-
After one full day at the beach we headed back to San Angelo, but not without stopping at another cave. Cave Without a Name, also located in Boerne, though smaller that Natural Bridge caverns, offers huge chambers and many fascinating formations. Personally, I liked it better.
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Big Bend National Park:
BBNP is located in South Texas bordering on Old Mexico and offers many scenic vistas and a closeness with God that can not be experienced in any other place. We visited this area over Spring Break 2009 and enjoyed the most of what the area offers (walking). We began with an eight mile hike to a place called “The Window” on the afternoon of arrival then walked another eight miles across the desert floor to “The Towers” the following day.
Our favorite lodging by choice is camping, which again offers a unique oneness with nature including the evening when a coyote decided to visit and call to his friends form the center of our camp and the Turkey Buzzard the posed for us the final morning of our stay.
We had a great time!
For more information on Big Bend National Park please visit: www.big.bend.national-
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (SNA):
The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States.
In June 2009 we had the opportunity to travel to Enchanted Rock with Matt Smith, an expert climber and guide to the area. With his assistance we learned how to safely and skillfully climb rock faces with varying degrees of difficulty.
While this was a short two day trip–we arrived at Enchanted Rock early in the afternoon on a Saturday, did some climbing, spent the night then returned to San Angelo after breakfast and a short church service Sunday Morning–it did give us time to wonder at the rugged boldness of the area and marvel at just how fragile the eco structure is.
For more information on Enchanted Rock SNA please visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/enchanted_rock/
San Antonio & Fiesta Texas:
No trip to San Antonio would be complete without a stop at The Alamo, a visit to the River walk and, of course, some time at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
For this retreat we camped on the banks of the Guadeloupe river in the Guadeloupe River State Nature Area. Even with the hot, humid weather we had a great time enjoying both the wonders of nature and man made.
The history one experiences in The Alamo is inspiring. To see where so many men bravely fought and died, to witness the bullet holes in the walls and other relics, makes the past come alive.
The San Antonio River Walk runs through the middle of downtown as if it were in a canyon. It is bordered on both sides with high banks that are home to shops, restaurants, and hotels. The first evening of our trip we had dinner there and were serenaded by a Mariachi band.
The second day we spent at Six Flags Fiesta Texas where we rode the rides and played in the water.
That evening after supper we celebrated Evening Prayer followed by a discussion about how God works in our own lives and in the world around us.
It was a wonderful trip.
Mayan Ranch Bandera Texas:
The family owned and operated Mayan Dude Ranch (pronounced Mā • yăn) is located south of Bandera, Texas in the Texas Hill Country and . Picturesque trails wander over 348 acres, from the lowlands of the Medina River, that horse shoes through the ranch, to high in the hills for a panoramic view of the valleys beyond. The hospitality is wonderful and the atmosphere is peaceful and relaxing with the afternoons available for meditation and/or rest. With a wide range of activities to chose from no one was bored.
We left San Angelo on Sunday August 14, 2016 with 11 students to spend five nights and four full days at the ranch returning on August 19, 2016. This particular location was very conducive to theological discussions and we held three worship services with one of the students leading the final service on Thursday evening.