After a great day off my new friends Nils and Heather offered me share their campsite at Seminole Canyon state park, about a 39 mile ride from where we were in Amistad. The route turned out to be nice a flat with only a few hills and I managed to crank out the miles in about 3 hours, definitely one of my faster days of late. Rolling into the Seminole Canyon park I was blown away by the canyons themselves. I can only imagine what the really big ones look like because these were really pretty small.
The park was filling up very quickly with lots of RV's, Kayakers, and hikers. Apparently this is a very popular location and it made for a fun place to relax and people watch. One of the most striking things since leaving Amistad and Del Rio is the sense that you have really entered into the desert. The landscape has changed dramatically and I am sure will only get more intense the further west I move.
I definitely enjoyed the companionship of having people around for a few days. What a treat to socialize and actually eat meals in a civilize manner instead of ingesting food as quickly as humanly possible. Even still I noticed that my plate was cleaned in about half the time of those around me. I have said it before, but it is worth repeating, it is just impossible to eat too much food on this trip. It seems that even when I try and consume everything in sight I am still running a deficit.
That night, the skies cleared and the stars shone bright. Back to the east was still some light pollution from Del Rio, so I would imagine that in another day or two the night skies will be truly amazing.