Blue Creek trail via Homer Wilson Ranch..
Trail length 11 miles one way, Jeff and I traveled about 5 miles RT
Difficulty…the part of the trail we hiked was easy..
We started the Trail at the Homer Wilson ranch trailhead.
Check out these orange grasses.. Bright orange dotting the valley and up some of the hillsides The color was much more orange than this photo shows..See the spider in the hole?..it came out and grabbed a small moth.This ranch was abandoned in 1945. The house that remains here is the foreman's house. The house is made of native materials, Reed ceiling from the river, timbers from the mountains and large stones from Blue Creek Canyon.
The ranch had 4,000 sheep and 2,500 goats..the animals escaped the heat of the summer by grassing in the abundant grassland on the slopes up the canyon. The trail follows a wash.. Past some large red rocks on the hillside and hilltop.. Cactus are blooming.. Its a fairly easy walk thru the wash..dusty.. About a mile in we started passing some red rock.. Interesting formations.. Jeff hears a bird call in another wash nearby..we went to investigate..Gray Vireo ..life bird
After some great looks at the Gray Vireo we hiked further Into the area of red rocks..Rocks worn by time.. making monuments of Red.. We really enjoyed the red rock monuments.. But we had more to see this day..
Two more short hikes..
Jeff and I are currently in Zapata, Texas for two nights..
We head for the coast soon..