Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Day 41 - Georgetown, TX

This morning, we went back to Georgetown, TX, to visit with Fairbanks friends Barb and Wayne. After lunch, we headed onto the extensive network of trails near their home. Even though subdivision housing was barely a stones throw away, it was very quiet. Most of the trails were easy walking like in this picture.

We stopped at a cairn garden where Wayne added another stone to a memorial to one his college advisors. The rocks here look volcanic so some of the cairns had a lot of “character” due to the unusual shapes of some of the stones. According to the trail rules, this is the only place you are allowed to build cairns.

There are several dry washes running along and across the trail system and they fill up during heavy rain. This gully must look pretty spectacular when filled with water.

These markers are throughout the trail system. Roughly every tenth of a mile. Since this is a senior community, the markers are to help emergency services locate an injured hiker. You would just let them know the number on the last marker you passed. At least, I think that’s how it was explained to me.

It was great to see Barb and Wayne again. Thank you for the wonderful afternoon. 


  1. Those trail markers make a lot of sense. We have lots of those in our trail system in the Black Forest or a sign telling where the next emergency pick-up spot will be.

    1. It seems less necessary these days as most people have gps enabled phones and I think that your location is sent automatically to dispatch when you call. But still, not a bad idea.

  2. Nice that you were able to visit friends and get outside!