Boerne offers the beauty of central Texas, caves, and nature al natural.
Many types of grasses grow in this pocket prairie including big Bluestem, Indian grass, and Switch grass.
The Woodlands trail provides shade from large oaks. This could be a Four O’Clock ( Mirabilis jalapa).
Frostweed (Verbesina virginica) is so named because a few degrees under freezing, the dead stems split at the base and exude a thin, curling shaving of ice.
The Cibolo Creek runs through the property and provides a Marshland trail. As the shoes indicate, a young mother and her children crossed over to the marshland. The crossing looked iffy for me with poor balance, so we skipped that part. Plus, we were both overwhelmed by the heat and humidity.
Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) is a bright flower that stands up tall on its stem (about 18 inches). The tall dome is usually black/brown, but has already lost its seeds and now has a white top hat.
Blue Mistflowers (Conoclinium coelestinumare) are usually covered with butterflies. These are smaller, probably because they don’t receive water, except from rain.
There are a couple of caves near Boerne. We visited Cave Without a Name, which is on private property, but open to the public. This picture shows the original entry that was discovered when a farm animal became stuck in it.
The cave is a U.S. National Natural Landmark.
(Perimyotis subflavus) inhabit the cave. They are smaller than the more common Mexican Free Tails found in Texas and don’t live in colonies.
The cave went unnoticed until a couple of guys during prohibition thought it was a good spot to produce moonshine.
It was officially opened by the land owner in in 1939. He held a state wide naming contest. A young boy said that it was too beautiful to have a name and thus, won the $250 prize.
A constant temperature of 66 degrees makes it comfortable to visit. Cavers have mapped out over 2.7 miles of caverns.
If you’re looking for a get-away week-end and live in Texas, I recommend Boerne and its attractions. The shopping is good and not nearly as crowded as some of the other Hill Country touristy towns.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir