San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance •  107 E. Hopkins St. Suite 121A; San Marcos, Texas 78666 •  (512)392-7457

The Loop


SMGA and Mayor Guerrero at Ringtail Ridge

Maggie finds geocache. Photo by Lance Jones, SMGA

SMGA board member Maggie Hutchins and Mayor Daniel Guerrero led a hike at Ringtail Ridge Natural Area November 13th. The history of the 45-acre greenspace and the many users of the park were discussed. The small group of 7 hiked both Tex’s Trail and the Ridge Loop. Drought damage was noted as several hackberry trees fell victim and provided a new habitat for small animals. The soapberry trees were a brilliant yellow, and we learned about cochineal and its many uses. Maggie discovered a geocache, and the contents of the treasure trove were examined and carefully returned to their hiding place. The hike lasted just over an hour on a sunny, Sunday afternoon. 

-by Lance Jones, SMGA Stewardship Committee

SMGA is taking a bit of a winter break from guided hikes, but we will return in Spring 2012.

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