Growing up in Colorado, I’m familiar with elk and moose of enormous size! My mom and I frequently encountered them on running and hiking trails. I got to thinking about Texas with all the crazy wind and rain they got lately. Although Houston doesn’t have moose or elk, they do have alligators. I wasn’t particularly eager to see one, but my humans are curious sorts. Off we went to Brazos Bend State Park in search of gators! Here’s looking back at when I got up close and personal with gators…
Brazos Bend State Park is nearby—less drive time—and home to plenty of American alligators. It is just 28 miles southwest of Houston. We took State Highway 288 North to the FM 1462 exit, then followed brown signs to the park. The nice lady at the gate took $14 ($7 per human; dogs are free) and gave us a map. She didn’t give me a treat, even though I flashed my best smile. Not all magic windows give food, I’m learning. Anyway, my kind are welcome on leashes no longer than six feet. We were encouraged to keep an eye out for gators on the path, but the temps were low during our visit. Most likely, the gators would be hunkered down in the mud. My humans kept me clear of the water’s edge and high grasses anyway. Better to be safe than gator food! And never, ever feed those beasts.
Brazos covers roughly 5,000 acres, with an eastern boundary of 3.2 miles along the Brazos River. It has six lakes, bayous, and a lot of wildlife. Man, I saw all sorts of birds. My humans brought binoculars and their camera because Brazos has such a diverse landscape. Bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, and foxes have been spotted in the park, although not during our outing. Some humans were fishing and picnicking, while others were camping in some nice sites. We opted to walk around 40-Acre Lake and Elm Lake. So much to sniff. . .woof!
Both trails were well-maintained dirt paths. The 40-Acre Lake trail has an observation tower overlooking the marshes and lakes. Wow! What a view; we could see for miles. This gave me an opportunity to see all my adoring fans, who stopped us along the way to greet me. What can I say, I’m popular. All trails seem to have restrooms for humans and shelter areas for fishing. Even driving through the park was pretty.
After working up an appetite, we found a picnic table and had lunch. We hardly made a dent at seeing the entire park; Brazos gets a high Kuma-adventure rating for sure. We will be back for another gator quest another day!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!