(all pictures taken with Nokia Lumia 929 Cell Phone)
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I pulled into Caprock Canyon State Park about 1:00 pm on Monday with plans to be here a couple of days but immediately changed my mind. There was no reliable cell phone signal or wi-fi connection anywhere in the park. It was strange in that one minute my phone would have a very strong signal and then absolutely nothing. That on again/off again was very frustrating. Reading the brochure the park gives out at the time of checking in, it said, "In case of emergency, call 911." I thought that was funny since there was no cell phone signal. A year ago it wouldn't have bothered me to stay here a couple days and be off the cell grid but my situation has changed and I feel the need to be available all the time. So my plan was to explore as much of the park that afternoon as I could and move on the next day.
|Campsite. Lots of different spiders around.|
|Typical road and view in the park|
|This is a panoramic picture from the cell phone. This type of landscape needs it.|
|Red Rock outcroppings|
|Erosion has been working overtime|
|Some cactus with blooms or fruit. It was growing right on the side of the road.|
I was able to walk a short trail that led to a nice outcropping with a great view.
On my way out of the park, I was behind a man and woman on motorcycles who had camped a few sites away from me. They suddenly came to a stop and I saw the reason why. Bison were crossing the road. This park is the home of the Official Texas State Bison Herd and was one of the reasons I came to this park. The beginning of the herd was put together by Charles Goodnight back in the late 1800's at the
|The motorcyclists wisely stopped a ways back because who knows how many motorcycles the bison have seen. I eased forward to act as a buffer for the motorcycles and to try to hurry the bison along.|
|I heard the big one that was looking at me clearly say, "Hey partner, we have the right-of-way here". I said, OK.|
|It appeared to be at least a half dozen spring calves so the herd is doing well. Just about the time the first group cleared the road, the second group came out of the woods.|
|There were some big animals walking slow.|
|The one on the right stopped and looked at me as I was taking the pictures. The one directly behind him must have been his wife cause she prompted him to keep moving.|
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.