Monday Walk: Enchanted Rock

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Enchanted Rock at Fredericksburg Texas, rises 425 feet above the base elevation of the park. Its high point is 1,825 feet above sea level, and the entire dome covers 640 acres. Climbing the Rock is like climbing the stairs of a 30- or 40-story building.

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Why is this giant dome here?

One billion years ago, this granite was part of a large pool of magma, or hot liquid rock, perhaps seven miles below the earth’s surface. It pushed up into the rock above in places, then cooled and hardened very slowly, turning into granite. Over time, the surface rock and soil wore away.

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Although the rock appears to be solid and durable, it continues to change and erode.

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It is an exfoliation dome (as are the other domes here). That means it has layers like an onion.

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Notes:

  • Humans have camped in this area for 12,000 years. 

  • One enduring sign of their time here remains:  Prehistoric people ground or pounded their food on granite rocks throughout the park. They left depressions in the granite, called bedrock mortars     

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photo source: Texas Parks and Wildlife

                                                                                         Information source:  Texas Parks & Wildlife

I did a different version post for the Enchanted Rock  a year or so ago.  It’s a great hiking place, great views from the top of the dome.  

This yellow flower is for you, my dear friend Amy, who has been dealing the Winter Storm Knife and is preparing for the after-the-storm disaster.  Yes, there are always Bright Blessings… Thank you for your inspiring words.  Amy has documented what they are going through… 

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Jo is taking us to NOTTINGHAM CASTLE this week. Take a walk with Jo…  Click HERE

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 Thank you for visiting! Have a great week 🙂 

66 thoughts on “Monday Walk: Enchanted Rock

  1. Amy this is an amazing landscape. I love the perspective in the first photo. Also thank you for sharing your friend’s link. Even here in snowy Canada we say WOW to those captures. I hope they are beginning to get back to normal living.

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  2. Wow! Not that is a long way indeed Amy. I think it’s wonderful that you took us to the top so we can see this enchanted rock. It’s so beautiful there! Great captures! 😀 ♥

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  3. Yet again you’ve amazed me with the landscape in Texas, Amy! Thank you for undertaking this strenuous walk for me. I’m sure it was worth it for the views, which are beautiful. 🙂
    So sorry for the damage to properties with extreme weather, Amy. I’ll go and check out your friend now.

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    • Another view of Texas. This is great theme allowing us to share beautiful places around the world. Thank you, Jo 🙂
      Today, they are dealing with freezing rain….

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  4. Wow, this is another of our favorite places close to home. There are several fun hikes that don’t involve going to the top of the dome as well. Thanks for sharing these great photos. Makes me want to return.

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  5. beautiful captures of this incredible landscape, Amy! and the history behind it is amazing. thanks for sharing 🙂
    the yellow flower is an invitation to smile. love it 🙂

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  6. That’d be a spectacular place to visit. There would be great views from up there.
    The official explanation is good, but in reality that is my cousin, terra draco, and he just happens to sleep a lot. 🙂

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  7. well I need some water after this awesome mini hike – thanks Amy – enjoyed it much – and I enjoyed the angle sand depth shots – super cool… and I loved your flower for Amy – I have been keeping them in my prayers too – argh – nasty storm! have a nice day Amy 🙂

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