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Enchanted Rock | by Seth Patterson
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Enchanted Rock

I spent last weekend walking in the footsteps of my youth as I explored some of the Texas Hill Country I hadn't visited in many, many years. The absolute highlight of the trip was without a doubt Enchanted Rock. This incredible dome of pink granite rises up from the earth to an elevation of 1,825 feet above sea level and is considered to be one of the oldest geological formations in North America, potentially dating back over a billion years.

 

The name "Enchanted Rock" is derived from the almost eerie sound the formation emits as it expands and contracts in correlation with the heating and cooling of the days temperatures.

 

After having have spent the majority of my trip scampering across limestone the igneous granite was a welcome treat and a real joy to climb all over. I see myself spending much, much more time hiking around this true Texas treasure.

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Taken on February 11, 2012