CAPROCK CANYONS STATE PARK, Texas — What is wrong with this picture?
It’s that empty water bottle someone must’ve tossed aside while walking along the Canyon Rim Trail.
This might rank among the top three pet peeves of my life; the other two might be the sight of someone talking/texting while driving a motor vehicle and someone talking too loudly on a cell phone while sitting in a public place with other people who have zero interest in hearing about the person’s big-money business transaction.
I have done my share of griping about Texas state government during my 30-plus years living here. The state too often seems run by partisan morons who cannot seem to get it into their thick skulls that they represent all Texans, not just those who voted for their election to whatever public office they hold.
Texas government, though, does a lot of things right. One of them is the development and maintenance of its state park system.
I’m telling you, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department runs a first-rate state park network.
Caprock Canyons State Park, just outside Quitaque, is one of the jewels.
So, what did we see this afternoon while along the Canyon Rim Trail? That damn empty water bottle.
Earlier in the day, my wife went through our campsite and police it of myriad articles of trash that others had tossed aside. They just couldn’t bring themselves to walk a short distance to the nearest Dumpster.
The water bottle tossed along the rim of the canyon reminded me of a series of roadside signs my wife and I see as we drive southeast along U.S. 287. Just as you enter Estelline in Hall County, you cross a riverbed and the signs read, in order: Real Texans … don’t litter … Texas highways.
Hmm. One might hope that “real human beings” wouldn’t want to litter one of Mother Nature’s true gifts to us … which looks like something like this.