My phone number is[masked], but I get no reception in the park, so please know where you are going before you leave home. :-)
As promised, here is your Brazos Bend Night Hike!
Please RSVP to this posting to attend the Saturday Night Hike. There will be separate postings for the camping and Sunday hike.
If you do not have camping supplies, please post it. Many of us have extra tents, etc. that we don't mind sharing.
The pre-sunset portion of the hike will be about 6 miles, and the post-sunset portion will be about 4 miles.
Trail Map: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4504_0110w.pdf
All of these photos were taken by me over the past couple of months. Brazos Bend is my favorite State Park when it comes to wildlife and available mileage. I usually go a couple of times a month on my own.
If you would like to see some more pics of Brazos Bend and of some of our other hikes, you can check out my Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cooljennpics
It isn't completely up to date, but it gives you some ideas.
The plan: To make it easier, we will meet at Gander Mountain in Sugar Land at 1pm sharp and caravan into the park. We will quickly reserve our sites and get our tents up before starting the hike at 3pm. When we get our campsites reserved we will post the site number on meetups for everyone else. We will hike the Elm Lake Loop, Horseshoe Lake Loop, and Big Creek Loop trails before hiking the Spillway to the observation tower at 40 Acre Lake. From there we will enjoy some sunset photography before starting the evening portion of the hike around 40 Acre Lake, up the Pilant Slough Trail, and around Creekfield lake before treating ourselves to a nice campfire and hot chocolate.
I'll stay in the front to take one for the team and be the first one taken out by a gator. Don't say I never did anything for you! :-)
We will sleep in a little bit, eat some breakfast, and then set out at 10am on a hike around Creekfield Lake, Hale Lake, Whiteoak, and Red Buckeye. The late start will allow those who did not camp the previous night to join us Sunday morning. Yay!
Brazos Bend is famous for its alligators, and we should have the opportunity to see them hanging out on the banks. The bird watching is great here as well!