Many apologies for the lapse in our Thundering Herd Blog. We’ve had a few technical difficulties along the way to say the least, but we are back up and ready to give all our park supporters some much needed updates! (Thanks to our technologically advanced friends- yep, you know who you are!)
Hot, triple digit temperatures have surmounted much of our summer here at Caprock. Unfortunately, it along with a culmination of missed rainfall opportunities, has resulted in a fairly significant drought. However, as I write this, my fingers are typing with enthusiastic optimism because in this past week and again just last night, the park finally saw some much needed rainfall. Almost a full inch in some places within the park! And I’m sure cooler temperatures have a lot to do with our uplifted spirits as well!
All in all, Caprock is doing quite well. Currently, we are still operating at a limited capacity so day use and camping reservations are encouraged. However, the park and its scenic views, its many wildlife viewing opportunities, its various recreational opportunities, and its raw nature continue to draw in visitors and give them a quiet respite away from it all. We feel very fortunate to find this serene refuge every day at our very own office!
The Texas State Bison Herd continue to inspire us each day as well. During the hot temperatures this summer, we frequently saw them hanging out at the “beach” areas of Lake Theo or taking advantage of its cool waters. This encouraged park visitors to utilize this resource during the heat of the day. Despite the drought, we would also continue to see them overcome and even flourish and it would remind us that “this too shall pass”. We continually admire them for their determination and strength, often look into their knowing and patient eyes, and even watch as visitors stand in awe of them and it reminds us of just how truly fortunate we are. Sometimes we even stop what we’re doing for a few minutes to count these blessings. 🙂
In person interpretive programs are on hold at the moment, however, we are working hard to bring educational and inspirational programs to you virtually! Look for these programs on our social media platforms (Instagram and Facebook) as well as some virtual programs on YouTube in the near future.
Speaking of interpretation, this summer we had an interpretive intern. Megan Greige came to us all the way from Corpus Christi and I think we can definitively say that she came to truly love the Caprock Canyonlands. That love was evident through all of the hard work she put in towards our interpretive program and the excellent customer service she showed to our visitors. Some, but certainly not all, of the work Megan can be credited for here at Caprock is various interpretive posts on social media, marketing and highlights on our Instagram account, a series of virtual interpretive and safety programming, developing some Lake Theo activity programming for visitors, documentation of various park resources using a camera, conducting our first “Caprock Canyons Social Distance BioBlitz” using iNaturalist, developing partnerships with organizations such as the Texas Master Naturalists, and a plethora of inspirational and educational contact with visitors virtually through her “Texas State Ambassadors” social media “takeover”. Well done Megan! Well done indeed!
What to See & Do this Month: Enjoy cooler weather temps!
Summer is finally coming to an end and September always signals the start of cooler weather. Recreational adventure at Caprock awaits!
Ranger Recommendation: Cue the Colors!
Lots of scenery and photography opportunities will be coming up later this month and into the coming Fall. Often, the park landscape is dotted with brilliant yellow blooms of the Maximillian sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani) and contrasting purple blooms of the gayfeather, also known as blazing star (Liatris punctata). Not to mention the burning orange of the western soapberry foliage amidst the bright yellow foliage of the cottonwood. Look for these fall colors in various areas of the park such as the prairie, around Lake Theo, and the Caprock Canyons Trailway!
Quote of the Month:
This month’s quote is a tribute to Lake Theo who has held its own throughout the drought and freely gave of her resource for visitors and wildlife during hot summer temps!
Advice from a Lake:
- Be clear
- Make positive ripples
- Look beneath the surface
- Stay calm
- Shore up friendships
- Take time to reflect
- Be full of life!
Pic of the Month:
Interpreter’s Corner: “Looking forward”
We’ve all said and heard that old Texas saying, “I’m looking forward to…” Here at Caprock Canyons State Park, we’ve been looking forward. Looking forward to cooler temperatures. Looking forward to the changing season… etc.. etc… No one believes you should ever look backward. Right?! This week I was inspired by the pic of the month photo to not only look forward, but to also remember to sometimes look backward too. If it weren’t for the history that we look back on regarding the Texas State Bison Herd and its near extinction, we might just think this is a “cool” pic. However, looking back at that history, we know that this picture embodies more of the story. Our human regard for bison has made a full circle. And perhaps even their regard for us as well. By looking back at the past, we can clearly see just how far we’ve come and continue to look forward to a bright future.
Have a great Labor Day weekend!