“Deep Thoughts” from Enchanted Rock, Texas

I haven’t done many Texas posts, so I’ve decided to fix that so I can prove that I’m actually here and having fun, despite my occasional complaints. Part of my Texas series, maybe?

A few months ago, some friends (by the plural form, I mean 2 friends) and I headed to Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg. After so much driving in Austin, I’ve lost my endurance for longer trips! What felt like 30 hours was really about 2, but by then I was clawing at the windows to get out.

I don’t have many feelings about our visit but the overwhelming thought of how it was basically climbing a gigantic rock while looking at formations of smaller ones. You’ll see.
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9714
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9715
I know rock photos can be a bit intimidating and serious, but fear not, we were silly as always.
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9725

In which a very small person photobombs my photoshoot. I once thought my Photoshop skills were great enough to make him/her disappear, but all it did was look like I cried at the injustice of the world while holding a printout of this photo and one small lonely tear rolled down and covered that person.
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9733

Burly lumberjack takes on his frustrations of the world. The rock is a metaphor. The fact that he is on a very large and also metaphorical rock is also a symbol.
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9736
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9741

Did you guys know that I’m an expert rock climber? That’s because I’m not. I fooled you with camera angles.
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9812
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9834
I’m going to have to start creating scenarios for these photos to break the mundane.
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9861
Here’s a unique photo of them going downhill!
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9865
Here’s a great photo for a movie about two teens that run away from home separately, meet each other, form an unexpected bond, and brave the barren lands of the west. The climax is when they’re in peril and realize that home wasn’t so bad after all. And that they’re actually spoiled brats. Somewhat like “Into the Wild” but with no deaths.
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9868
A more interesting photo of rock formations (but really, how interesting can it get?) All I can think of is how awesome this would be with snow. Sledding galore.
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9877
Looking at living things that grow on rocks. What a miracle! This has been undocumented up to this point! But actually, I thought it was really cool how it falls off the side of the rock, like a rock waterfall.
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9887
The classic “found color in a desolate place” photo. We found love in a hopeless place… doo doo. 
Enchanted Rock, Texas-9889

As a day trip from Austin, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you’re pairing it with Fredericksburg, however, I would definitely recommend it! Fredericksburg is the quintessential cutesy southern town, influenced strongly by its German settlers. There’s basically one long, main street that you can mill about for the rest of your day before heading back to Austin.

I think my lack of Texas posts are because I’ve lost the habit of lugging around my camera, no idea why. Maybe because I was trying to enjoy the moment at the beginning that it’s going to be hard to reintroduce the idea of me as the Camera Girl at this point.

Or maybe it’s because Austin, to me, isn’t about the scenery. It’s not a particularly beautiful place… but it’s the café and restaurant culture that attracts me. So far I’ve learned that it’s more about the experiences than it is the natural beauty of a place.

Have any of you visited Texas before?

How do you combat some redundant scenery?

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  • http://www.clemandmarcella.wordpress.com/ Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld

    Hahaha, I love your commentary! These photos and captions made me laugh :D

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha, thanks Marcella :)

  • http://www.californienne.com/ Marianne

    First of all I loved this and it made me laugh, so thank you. Second, I want to go here! This looks like an amazing place to hike. Third – I totally know what you mean about being the “camera girl.” I get super self conscious when I’m around people I actually know and I want to take pictures “am I taking too many? do they want to be in my pictures? is it okay to take pictures of other people? I’m being too neurotic? Am I ruining the moment by taking a photo” and on and on and on (my brain is so annoying). I’m pretty sure that once I’m back in the U.S. I probably wont lug my camera around as much because for some reason everything will be too familiar (even if it’s a beautiful places like this that I’ve never been to).

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha, stop you’re making me blush ;) Ah! I thought it was just me! All these bloggers are out there, pulling out their cameras with completely no shame and then there’s me, putting it away embarrassingly when my friends go “Why did you bring that…”

      I wish I could see the states like I saw Europe (through fresh eyes) but it’s hard to be amazed at certain things when we’re all about the uniformity here! Ooooh, highways!

  • http://www.crumbsinthebed.com/ Kerri

    hahahaha! Can’t go wrong with some sarcastic commentary! Just my kind of post! Although, the rocks do look kind of cool and I’d go here just to see ALL THE ROCKS.

    Luckily for me, I don’t have too many friends that want to go on adventures with Kris and I so I don’t have to worry about being ‘camera girl’ to friends. Just the entire population of Belgium when we’re in a non-touristy place, but then I’m not sure if they are looking at my green hair or my red camera! Or something I’m wearing or that I exclaimed wildly about something awesome that just caught my eye… could be anything.

    You rock :) (haha get it?!)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha thanks (for both your enjoyment and the rock compliment) :)

      Do they not want to go on adventures with you guys because you’re disgustingly cute as a couple? ;) Haha! I have absolutely no problem being the “camera girl” to a bunch of people I don’t know. You have to do SOMETHING with your hands while traveling alone otherwise you can sometimes get mistaken for a well-dressed homeless person.

  • http://ourruins.com/ Valerie Price

    These are such fun photos…I love them! Enchanted Rock is such a beautiful place!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Thanks! :)

  • http://www.slightlyastray.com/ Anna | slightly astray

    Haha, love the commentary! Although I think the hike looks pretty cool. Then again, a couple of years ago, I did drive 3 hours with some friends to climb on rocks in the dessert. :)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha, thanks. It was pretty cool, but it was such a small park that we only spent 2 hours there after driving 2 hours! I would take desert any day :)

      I really want to know where they shot parts of 127 Hours because those rocks are EPIC.

  • http://www.melaniefontaine.com/ Melanie Fontaine

    Love that “rock-climbing” picture! ;) Please post more about Texas, it looks like such an interesting state! :)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Hahaha thanks ;) I’m going to start! It’s been a little too lacking on the blog lately. It’s like I’m not even here haha

      • http://www.melaniefontaine.com/ Melanie Fontaine

        I think I’m the same way about Germany! ;)

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Hahah, we should start a traveler revolution! Where we’re just as excited to explore our home.

  • http://www.adelanteblog.com/ Courtney @ Adelante

    Hahaha these captions are hilarious. I was definitely chuckling to myself as I read them. Also, your photos are seriously great!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Hahaha I’m glad someone finds them funny! And thanks :))

  • http://www.lostwithyvonne.com Yvonne

    There’s a mountain hike in San Diego called Potato Chip Rock where if you turn your photo the other way, it could look like you’re falling off the rock, just like your rock climbing photo lol Loved your commentary btw :)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Hahaha that’s awesome! Does it look like a Potato Chip?? And thanks, Yvonne :)

  • http://www.routebliss.com/ Christina McCall

    I’ve been to Fredericksburg twice but haven’t made it out to Enchanted Rock yet … someday!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Do you live in the area?! I need to go back to Fredericksburg… I didn’t have enough time to fully explore it!

      • http://www.routebliss.com/ Christina McCall

        I’m about 3.5 hours northeast of Austin (about an a hour and a half SE of Dallas), but I’ve been to Austin & Fredericksburg a number of times over the years!

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Awesome! I’m happy I’m meeting bloggers closer to where I live now haha :)

  • http://dianadegzz.blogspot.com/ Diana

    I lived in the RGV, and only been to Austin once, so I’ve never really had the chance to explore the area… but I loved this post~ your pictures are great, and the captions even better. :)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      You should definitely come by for another round (so you could struggle like I did)! Haha, thanks, Diana! :)