15, 16 September.
After leaving Guadalupe National Park in West Texas, we hit the road (driving through some serious storm systems) again towards Hill Country. I'm talking about Leakey again, where I'm headed in about a month and where I did field work 2007-2009. Spent some time with Audrey and Mike, basked in the Frio and pretty much just relaxed.
Set up the tents because it was supposed to be a pretty nice night. It ended up being cloudy for a little while but then it got all nice and clear and those gorgeous skies appeared. I took the fly off my tent because I wanted to stare at the stars for a while.
I woke up sometime in the middle of the night, after hearing a rather unsettling noise. I looked up to see a 7 foot rack of steer horns hovering a couple feet from my head. Ah hah! Explained the heavy breathing. It took me a few seconds to realize it was Duke (who I have run into a few times over the years) and I think I said something along the lines of "Duke! Don't step on me!" SOOC
I kinda spooked him and he stomped/ran off. Duke's a little older, harmless, but I wasn't sure how well he could see me or if he had an issue with the tent on his turf so I was a little worried he might possibly squish it, heh heh. Alas, that wasn't his plan and I was glad.
The next day went on a trail ride up to the springs, the headwaters of the Frio River and saw some friends. Then the next day it was time to start driving to Mississippi.
So...finally finished the travel log of the summer roadtrip! (only took me a few months, huh?)