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Sunrise West Texas.
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Best 30 minutes of video I've seen in a while. Very beautiful. Worth the time. If I could only drop everything and do as they did. This is life.

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In West Texas it is always wise to look and not touch. Everything either sticks, pokes, jabs, or bites and stings. The spring rains has the Texas wildflowers blooming.
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4/14/17
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Visited Lubbock Lake Landmark museum and took a nature hike after viewing the exhibits. A large rain two days earlier has the wild flowers blooming. Another week a this little draw will be full of color.

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This valley and creek are located near Quitaque, TX. The valley is called The Valley of Tears (El Valle de Los La Grimas). The creeks name has been Americanized and is called Los Lingos (Los Linguas). Comanche and Kiowa raiders often met here to trade stolen livestock and captives from Texas borderlands and northern Mexico. Here mothers, aunt's, daughters, and sons were split up and sent to different tribes or families, thus the name of the valley. Traders from the plains, Indian territory (Oklahoma), and especially New Mexico (Comancheros) made bi-yearly travels to the area to trade produce, pottery, blankets, and contraband such as guns and whiskey for stolen livestock. Many different languages we're encountered here thus the name of the creek, whick translates to The Tounges. This is also the location were the ill-fated Texas/Santa Fe expedition fell apart if anyone is interested. Near here a German Indian trader ran across a young Rudolph Fischer who had been captured by Comanche. The trader promised to return and buy him from his captor but a few years past before he found him again. By this time Rudolph was Gray Blanket and did not want to return. I hiked to this spot on Caprock Canyon Trailways just to spend the night at this Historical spot.
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This valley and creek are located near Quitaque, TX. The valley is called The Valley of Tears (El Valle de Los La Grimas). The creeks name has been Americanized and is called Los Lingos (Los Linguas). Comanche and Kiowa raiders often met here to trade stolen livestock and captives from Texas borderlands and northern Mexico. Here mothers, aunt's, daughters, and sons were split up and sent to different tribes or families, thus the name of the valley. Traders from the plains, Indian territory (Oklahoma), and especially New Mexico (Comancheros) made bi-yearly travels to the area to trade produce, pottery, blankets, and contraband such as guns and whiskey for stolen livestock. Many different languages we're encountered here thus the name of the creek, whick translates to The Tounges. This is also the location were the ill-fated Texas/Santa Fe expedition fell apart if anyone is interested. Near here a German Indian trader ran across a young Rudolph Fischer who had been captured by Comanche. The trader promised to return and buy him from his captor but a few years past before he found him again. By this time Rudolph was Gray Blanket and did not want to return. I hiked to this spot on Caprock Canyon Trailways just to spend the night at this Historical spot.
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Travelling in old days was rough, especially in a wagon. The Llano Estacado is a real barrier. This escarpment runs north to south for about 300 miles (480km)(roughly Amarillo TX, to Big Spring TX). The heights can range from a few hundred feet to over a thousand feet (305m). However, once a route is found up the bluffs the travelling becomes very easy. On top you can travel over 200 miles(320km) with a elevation change of about 8 feet(2.4m) every mile(1.6km). Very flat, but also very dry. The photo shows a canyon about 600 feet(182m) deep.
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The West Texas semi-arid desert is in spring bloom. Everything pokes, sticks, jabs, bites, and stings. No open to shoes and be extra careful where you sit. Spring hiking is best if you can avoid flash floods, tornadoes, lightning, hurricane winds, and large hail. Summer hiking is ok but take along gallons of water, the heat will be torture. Winter hiking is safest as rattlesnakes are in dens, but the cold can be extreme.
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Just returned from Caprock Canyon Texas State Park located just north of Quitaque, Texas. Got rained out and will have to leave fern cave for another day. Hiked about 7 miles. Notice the beautiful bison herd out and roaming. Also the beautiful mesquite trees are in spring bloom

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The West Texas semi-arid desert is in spring bloom. Everything pokes, sticks, jabs, bites, and stings. No open to shoes and be extra careful where you sit. Spring hiking is best if you can avoid flash floods, tornadoes, lightning, hurricane winds, and large hail. Summer hiking is ok but take along gallons of water, the heat will be torture. Winter hiking is safest as rattlesnakes are in dens, but the cold can be extreme. 
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