Hiking the Trails @ Brazos Bend State Park


So I decided to take a short trip to the park. Being back in Fort Bend County I had been wanting to go and figured why not take a drive there. It was a hot day. around 88 degrees when I got there. got up to about 95 degrees by the time I was leaving. It was a nice sunny day and a good one for some hiking on the trails. I stopped for some cans of tuna and some water before heading to the park. It was 5 dollars to get in for the day.

I got to my first stop which is the first fishing pier area. There was a bus of schools kids from Ft Bend ISD there. They was younger. Playing on the playground! lol…. I sat there for a bit listening to some Chopin and planning which trails I wanted to walk. I didnt wanna walk too much since I didnt have my hiking boots on but I was going to do some of the smaller trails. Once I downed a can of tuna and drank some water I was off on the trail. It was nice and peaceful. I ran across two snakes but they was not near the trail. I could see them off to the side. They was coiled up just laying there. I walked farther and took a few detours on the trail which led to other smaller trails. Then I went back to the main trail and around 40 Acre Lake then back to the fishing pier. Saw an alligator in the water but not near the banks of the lake. More in the middle of it. You could hear the bullfrogs and the birds. Very nice and serene views and the sounds were to me soothing. I made my way back to the car and went down the road to where the George Observatory is located. I took a few road pics along the way. Last time I remember going down this long stretch of road I was still in high school and was with my parents. There was an alligator on the road and we had to stop to allow it to move or just turn back. So I parked near the Nature Center and across from the walkway to the observatory. Its a nice shady area. I read the info on Creekfield Lake and the trail. I followed the trail and small bridge over the lake and to where the observatory is and snapped a few shots. Then i followed the trail around. VERY peaceful. I ran across some squirrels and a few raccoons. The trail was quite shady and there was a cool breeze going through. Felt very nice. I was wearing a long sleeve shirt but the breeze was very comforting. I came to the first observation area which consisted of a small pier where you can look out across the lake and into the water. Birds are everywhere. Very quiet and nice! I continued around the lake on the trail. Stopping only in key areas where signs were posted to read them and snap a pic or two.

I made it back to the pathway and back to the car and the trail is only half a mile long but well worth the short distance walk. I had been thinking if I should walk more trails or just wait until another day when I am wearing proper shoes and maybe some shorts. I decided to wait until next time. Probably would go back before I leave town. I really want to walk the northern trails totaling 5 miles which reach out to serene quiet areas of the park where there is no human interaction. For now though I decided to take the drive around to Hale Lake and then around to Elm Lake. Elm Lake has a trail I want to walk. It connects with another trail that leads to a 4 story observation tower that I want to goto next time!

The time I spent at the park was very quiet and relaxing. Comforting to say the least. Although it was hot and I hate the heat it was worth all the sweating. There are plenty more trails that await me and much more pictures to be taken. I am already planning out my next trips hiking trails and plan to get out there but ass early in the morning when they open to start. Load up with some protein and some water and im good to go. The only thing that ruined my trip was the idiot drivers out that way. I mean why are people inĀ  a rush? The park speed limit is 30 mph yet people there were passing me up going well over 30. If you are at the park then obviously you are enjoying vacation, retirement or just a day off so there should be no need for speeding but I guess some people just do NOT know how to enjoy nature and the joy of driving/riding and traveling……

Creekfield Trail Near George Observatory

Creekfield Trail Near George Observatory

George Observatory as seen from shady trail

George Observatory as seen from shady trail

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The Journey: Tattered & Torn


Canadian/Alaskan Beauty in Nature

Canadian/Alaskan Beauty in Nature

I think I slept 4-5 hours. My Blackberry goes off. My sole means of waking up. I dont like traditional alarm clocks. Their annoying “beep beep beep” drives me insane. Makes me not want to get up at all. I tried to prepare as much as I could for the night travel which honestly was cold and a bit scary. You could literally get murdered and no one would find you but the bears. My mind at this point is thinking clearly although physically i am not all there. My shoulders have severe pain. Doing 100 push-ups solves this. So I do my 100 push-ups in 4 sets of 25 then do some stretching. This followed by some time for meditation. Have to clear the mind of everything. I showered then downed two cans of tuna, a bag of potato chips and a Canada Dry Ginger Ale. How convenient huh? Canada Dry! lol….So the bags are packed, the bike is ready and im full of protein for now to begin this leg of the ride.

Not being sure of what could happen here I decided to wheel the bike into the room just in case someone decided to steal the sucker leaving me stranded. Now that everything is packed up and I have gone through my checklist making sure nothing is forgotten, I grab my heavy jacket, helmet(still cracked but fixed up with some bond shit to keep it from cracking more), wallet and keys and its time to wheel out the toy. I do a spot check to make sure everything is working. Lights are on and tires are in good enough shape although will need replacing soon. The key is popped in and I turn it. I start her up and nothing. WHAT! I try again….nothing. At this point I am frantic. I have no idea what could have caused this. I check the gas and its full and its not frozen. I check the lines. Nothing frozen. So I checked the oil which was in need of a change. The filter looked bad. So I did the oil change there. Thanks to having a spare filter and oil available! So I try again to start her up and voila, she starts! I dont know much about mechanics but im not going to complain.

Hearing the sound of the engine kick in and revving her up I put on my helmet and it was time to head out. For the first 5 hours I went non-stop. No bathroom breaks or even a breather. Just kept on going. Then as daybreak came I decided to stop to a beautiful sunrise. Another moment to bask in the beauty of nature. I had some oatmeal for breakfast. Thanks to quick and easy ways to fire it up and heat up some water it was a delicious meal accompanied by a banana. Being that there is nothing out around here and I was parked on the side of the road away from any oncoming traffic, as if there was really going to be any. i laid down for about 15 minutes in the grass. It was soft and you could just smell nature. Looking up into the sky I imagined back to when I was a child doing this exact same thing and wondering where I would be the next time I did this. Already well past Whitehorse I had to get back up again and remember that even after a nice short break, its time to become a traveler again.

My shoulders were once again killing me and I had began to get a headache. I took a few aleve and downed 24 ounces of water. I was thinking that maybe I should listen to some music. First I thought nah…..Then a few miles down the road…really more like 25 or so, I decided to listen to my favorite travel music. A mixture of RUSH and Frederic Chopin. Yes I know I am weird. Its amazing how fast my headache went away after taking the Aleve and listening to Chopin’s Grande Valse Brilliante and Tristesse aka Etude in E. My favorite key on piano is C# Minor. I dont know why but I love that key. Nocturne #7 and 20 or Impromtu in C# Minor; all some of my favorites.

Mentally I am beginning to wear down. Im thinking I should just STOP and get more rest. That is stay the night somewhere else. Maybe Prince Rupert. Wrong….I didnt. So not only am I getting hungry again but I am also pushing myself too far. Knowing its time to stop I dont. I am fucking up here. Although I see it more as a test of endurance and mental strength I started thinking this was just plain stupid and idiotic of me. So what do I do? I continue on! What, did you think I was going to stop? I did to rest again but thats it. My goal was to make it to Seattle before Midnight. I fell short of that goal because I was too tired to go on. I felt disappointed because I did not make it. Then again I felt relieved that I gave myself a break for the night. Hence me sitting here typing this in a nice cozy cold room!! YAY! I am a bit disgusted in myself for rushing. There was no need to but I saw it fit to do so. I should have taken my time but I didnt. Next time on this trip as the goal will be Inuvik in August I will take my time because this is supposed to be fun. Am I right? I am not supposed to be rushing myself.

So as this is being typed and about to be published for your reading pleasure, I feel tattered and torn. The Slipknot song has become a reality in my life. In the song you dont really understand whats being said or the music being played. Its just chaos. A slur of vulgarity and disgust. Thats how I feel right now. In the morning I will feel refreshed. I think what I really need right now is a good relaxing bath, a small filling meal and some good ol’ sleep! So with that said, I bid you a goodnight and a good weekend full of fun and…..well whatever you decide to do.

Goodnight….

P.S.
I thought of doing somewhat of a storytelling thing. Recording my thoughts and publishing them here or somewhere online for others to hear. Ive always enjoyed hearing someones life experiences from their own words literally. Maybe I should try this. Not that I would expect many listeners but its a thought. Im not much on vlogging my ugly face. What do you think? Answer if you wish…..

Gill-isms….


i know many of you dont know me very well although we have known one another online for years. I have a sick and twisted sense of humor which sort of is on the border of being racial but yet funny….Everyone I know and interact with in person laughs at my humor. I always get “you should be a comedian.” I dont have the talent for that. I do think I could write some good comedy though for tv! lol.

So just a few Gill-isms are:

Walsmart

Target Boutique

Whatzaburger

Damns

Fark

Marther Farker

The Holmes Depot

Potpies (popeyes)

wif (with)

moof (move)

moofies (movies)

hot wangs (wings)

anaconda/blacksnake (penis)

pastrami flaps (pussy lips)

OK OK OK i will STOP…..sorry…i know i am dumb but hey it makes for good comedy among my friends because laughter is good medicine and i keep my friends laughing with my humor. I guess I should be more mature but I guess in my work environment I got so used to being crazy because after 8-10 months of living out of a bus or plane I needed something to make the time go by…

Soooo with that said, my Gill-isms are somewhat of a homage to my favorite comedy words of the HBO cable show from the early days called Not Necessarily The News and their comedy skit “Sniglets” done by Rich Hall

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_Necessarily_the_News

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sniglet