Ranger Notes for 2018

Holiday Homes and Cooking

December 2018

Dutch oven

The cold is upon us here in Lockhart. Trees are in full transition, sporting bright colors and dropping leaves.

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As the Leaves Begin to Change, We Change Also

November 2018

father and sons standing on the bank of creek

Lockhart State Park is home to various plant and animal species, many of which undergo some exciting changes during these fall months. One of the classics dotting the park is red oak, Quercus buckleyi. You can already start to see these trees turning from vibrant green to bright orange and deep red. Soon, their leaves will brown and fall to the ground.

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When History Falls

September 2018

Man leaning on tree stump at Lockhart State Park

Trees are peculiar things. In a sense, they are mon­u­ments standing as test­a­ments of our history. They bear the scars of tu­mul­tuous mo­ments in war, the smokes of great fires, and the rising water of immense floods. Trees themselves are the history they com­memo­rate; alive and ever-growing, they record our story.

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Texas Home, Asian Roots

August 2018

Smooth, slender curvy trunk of persimmon tree

An ad­ven­tu­rous route snakes through an over­grown limestone hillside at Lockhart State Park—Persimmon Trail.

All along the ridge grows a colony of wild Texas persimmon trees and every one of them has an exotic pedigree.

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Community Partners

July 2018

Lehman teacher and students standing in front of metal wood rack.

One of the best things about Lock­hart is the com­mu­nity. To me, Lockhart feels like a small town. It is easy to run into people you recog­nize at the store or on the square. I like that small town vibe.

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Old School Cool

June 2018


I get a lot of com­ments about our old park pool. No, I’m not referring the pool facility currently in operation, which some may consider “old.” I’m referring to our old old park pool, the one im­mor­talized in the minds and mem­ories of a lot of Lockhart residents.

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Springtime in the Park

May 2018

Water flowing over rocks in a creek

Springtime renews everything that is renewable—to include the spirit; most especially the spirit.

It was one of those perfect spring mornings at Lockhart State Park, clear and cool and still, everything saturated in a golden light. Ambling along Clear Fork Trail, the colors are as fresh and vibrant as Monet’s pallet. Nature’s newest foliage spills overhead, forming a green archway on the path; cool and dark and filled with a reverential hush. A private walk like this reminds me that I am part of the mir­a­cle—a realization easily lost during the long gray winter. While a hike is always refreshing, there are other ways to greet the spring season here.

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Spring for Bluebonnets

April 2018

Pale pink bluebonnet

I think it’s safe to say that many, if not most, Texans consider spring to be their favorite season. I’m one of those Texans. Personally, I like the feeling of spring. As we near the end of winter, it feels like the world is holding its breath. I can sense the anticipation for sunny days (from both plants and people), and it’s almost too much to bear. When the trees finally leaf out and flowers start to bloom, it’s like the whole world is finally breathing out with one big sigh of relief and celebration.

A big part of the spring celebration in Texas is bluebonnets

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Snipe Hunt

March 2018

Decorated Easter egg

Maybe you just heard about it, or maybe you participated. Maybe you were the unsus­pecting victim, or maybe you were the perpetrator. Regardless, almost everyone has a snipe hunt story.

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Your Shrub's Story

February 2018

Red yaupon berries

When you enter Lockhart State Park, one of the first buildings that comes into view is our park head­quar­ters building. Like sentinels of various heights, evergreen shrubs flank this building, guarding all corners.

The name of this ubiquitous shrub? Yaupon holly. And for such a common plant, yaupon tells a surprising story.

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Prickly Partners

January 2018

Spiny green Christmas cactus

When the bluebonnets are gone, Texas has other tricks up its sleeve. Did you know more types of cactus grow in Texas than any other state?

We’ve got two varieties in Lockhart State Park, both strikingly beautiful.

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