Parque Natural Mexiquillo

4.14.2024

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is a 1800 acre conservation center that is home to 1.100 rare and endangered animals that roam free in natural habitats. They specialize in the breeding of endangered species, public education, scientific research and natural land management. The name reflects the abundance of marine fossils in the surrounding limestone. You can drive your car on a 9.5 mile drive through hills, forests, and grassy plains of the park. 


Roan Antelope 
The fourth largest African Antelope

Common Wildebeest
Known for their 1,800 mile annual migration across the African plains

The largest living bird, the flightless ostrich uses its wings mainly for 
communication, courtship displays, and helping to turn or brake 
when running up to 45 mph.

The Emu is the second tallest living flightless bird



The Arabian Oryx became extinct in the wild in 1972, but was reintroduced in 1982. 
It can go weeks without water, instead getting moisture from plants.


Each car gets one bag of pellets for hand feeding the animals

Adult Giraffe with calf

Getting closer 

Coming in. New BFF

She grabbed the bag of feed from the center console.
She stuck her head down through the open sunroof of the car behind us.

Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae as you, seven.
Their's can be up to 10 inches long

Just one valley in this large park

Zebra

The Cheetah can reach 65 plus mph in seconds, 
but can only run for 400 yards before exhaustion sets in.

The Addax is the best adapted antelope. 
Addax can survive for long periods of time without drinking water.

Blackbuck
Adult males are black or brown, while females and calves are light tan. 
Only males have horns

White Rino

More Roan Antelope

4.13.2024

Fort Worth Stock Yards

 

The three story building across the street is the Stockyards Hotel
The right side of the hotel was built in 1906-07 with offices and hotel room.
In 1913 it was expanded to its' present size

The plush lobby 

The hotel's bar.

The belt driven ceiling fans are interesting

The Fort Worth Stockyard Company was founded in 1893.
This headquarters building was built in 1902-03 
The meat packing companies Swift and Armour soon opened plants here.

There is a small, but interesting $2 museum inside.


Bobo was  2,000 pound bull that Governor John Connally declared an "Official Texas Goodwill Ambassador" to the 1964 New York World's Fair.  Jerry Cotten rode Bobo all the way from Fort Worth to New York. The news regularly broadcasted stories on the unusual pair and their travels.


Chuck wagon prep area. Beans for breakfast and beans for dinner.
The average age of the  drovers heading the cattle was 15 years.


The are a very few of the cat walks and pens remaining.

At its height, the stockyards covered 100 acres. This photo was taken in 1949. 
The stockyards remained in operation until 1986

Interesting store selling horns and all species of stuffed animals



The coliseum was constructed in 1907-08 to provide a home for the Fort Worth stock show. 

It is the birthplace of the indoor rodeo and the first live radio broadcast 
of a rodeo was transmitted here on WBAP radio in 1923

The big event. 
At 11:30 drovers drive a herd of 15 longhorn steers down Exchange Ave

Tip to tip the horns measure 10 feet. 
The larges spread on record is 11 feet.



For $10 you can sit on a bull


A fun day top off with delicious pork ribs  Risky's Bar-B-Q







4.09.2024

Enchanted Rock

 Enchanted Rock is a small part of a huge underground rock called a batholith. More than 50 million years ago erosion uncovered part of the rock, and weathering and erosion of bedrock made the hills that you see today. Enchanted Rock is a small speck compared to the huge underground rock that spans over 100 square miles.

Enchanted Rock

Just above the tree line you can see a layer of exfoliated rock. 
Enchanted Rock continuously "sheds" its outer layers of rock as it 
contracts and expands. The result is large curved sheets of rock 
that break up and and can eventually slide down the rock

The hike up

A number of different species of lichen are found in the park.
They grow rate of 1mm per year. 








Tent camping only at the campground


Another wonderful adventure on the road.