Have You Lost Your Camping Mojo?
We can’t all be Bear Grylls, and certainly not with a spouse and kids to worry about. If you’ve lost your camping mojo since having children, or are ready to introduce your family to the great outdoors and aren’t sure how, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will hook you up.
As part of their Texas Outdoor Family series of camp outs, the TPWD will cruise into Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and provide all the necessary camping gear for a clan of up to six people on April 30 at 9:30 a.m. and spreading into May 1, 2011.
Fees are $65 per family, and Enchanted Rock is less than two hours from downtown Austin.
An agenda of activities will teach you the basics of tent-pitching, fire-building, and trail-hiking all while under the beautiful Hill Country sky. You just need to bring food. Items are suggested by the organizers. Think easy breakfasts, sandwiches and meat for grilling.
Only about 20 minutes north of Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock is a gigantic pink granite exfoliation dome (or “hill made of rock” for the non-geology geniuses) that reaches 425 feet high and stretches 640 acres across the Hill Country. Native Americans from the area believed they saw fires at the top and heard strange noises from the rock, explained by those same rock scientists as heating and cooling of the granite over the course of a day.
It makes for the perfect backdrop for a weekend of learning about and enjoying the outdoors. Try the Texas Outdoor Family camp and brush up on the stuff you knew as a Cub Scout, or start a new tradition of family awesomeness.
Photo courtesy of TPWD