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Fredericksburg Standard

If your plants can’t stand the heat, try mulching them

If your plants wilt the moment the afternoon sun hits them, help them survive the heat better with these tips. Mulching your plants helps them beat the heat. A mulch layer can slow soil warming and decrease moisture loss. The breakdown of the mulch increases the organic matter content of the soil, too, helping it retain even more moisture. This helps your plants stay hydrated.
ROCKSPRINGS, TX
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The Uvalde Leader-News

Devil’s Sinkhole guided nature walk set May 14

Volunteers with the Devil’s Sinkhole Society are holding two free guided nature walks on Saturday, May 14. The first begins at 10 a.m. and the second begins at 1 p.m. Participants will meet at the Rocksprings Visitors Center, 101 N. Sweeten St., located on the town square. They will...
ROCKSPRINGS, TX
The Uvalde Leader-News

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Happy Place Animal Rescue launched a new website to bring attention and support to the countless animals that lack love and hope in their lives. Happy Place Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization based in Leakey that rescues and rehabilitates animals. Animals that are neglected, abandoned, and hungry need a...
LEAKEY, TX
The Uvalde Leader-News

Los Slow Cookers win Freedom Fest cook-off

Several Uvalde-based teams were among the 66 who competed in the Freedom Fest 2022 barbecue cook-off, and Los Slow Cookers of Uvalde won the championship prize. Team Chupacabra, Jackie and Tim Milligan, won reserve champion honors at the event, held March 4-5 at the Frio Country Resort in Concan. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Uvalde Morale Welfare and Rec, a volunteer group organized by local U.S. Border Patrol agents. The organization annually awards numerous youth scholarships.
UVALDE, TX
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Secret spot with private access to Frio River offers perfect San Antonio day trip

If you’re a seasoned Texas Hill Country traveler, and feel as though you’ve already done every trip under the (sweltering and sweaty) Texas sun: look no further than Frio River Private Access. The 450-acre Big Tree Ranch sits along a secluded stretch of the Frio River, a picturesque site that’s been in Douglas McClean’s family since 1959, and comes with plenty of room for social distancing.
SAN ANTONIO, TX
The Uvalde Leader-News

Families lose pets, homes in two fires

The Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department responded to two fires last week where homes were destroyed, one near Concan and one in La Pryor. No humans were injured in the fires, but several pets reportedly lost their lives. On Wednesday, UVFD Chief Mario Rangel said he and seven other firefighters responded...
UVALDE, TX
Temple Daily Telegram

Travel: Enjoy fall colors at Lost Maples

VANDERPOOL — Texas generally does not enjoy the stunning widespread fall foliage transformation seen in other parts of the country, with one big exception — Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool, located about an hour-and-a-half northwest of San Antonio. Orange, red and yellow maple leaves scattered across boulders and...
VANDERPOOL, TX
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Head south for a look at fall colors at Lost Maples State Natural Area

VANDERPOOL — Texas generally does not enjoy the stunning widespread fall foliage transformation seen in other parts of the country, with one big exception — Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool, located about an hour-and-a-half northwest of San Antonio. Orange, red and yellow maple leaves scattered across boulders and...
VANDERPOOL, TX
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Garner State Park & the Frio River

The beauty and peacefulness of the Concan, Texas area never ceases to amaze us. Just over a three-hour drive from Austin, this area offers a gorgeous natural setting for hiking in the scenic Hill Country terrain, camping, stargazing, bird watching, and of course enjoying a swim, tube ride or paddle down the clear waters of the Frio River.
CONCAN, TX
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You may think that running around in one’s underwear wildly flailing about with a pink butterfly net in the bedroom might seem a bit odd, but for me, it’s just another day. My family has lived here in the Leakey area going on 18 years now. Before that we lived...
KERRVILLE, TX
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Just in Time for Halloween: Bats & The Devil's Sinkhole

ROCKSPRINGS— Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area is commemorating 50 years as a National Natural Landmark with a festival, and special bat and stargazing programs at the park. The celebration will run from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Friday Oct. 1 and continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Oct. 2. Programming will vary each day but will end with an evening bat show. The bat shows will begin at 7 p.m. every evening.
ROCKSPRINGS, TX
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Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area Celebrates Golden Anniversary as a National Natural Landmark with Festival, Special Programming Oct. 1 and 2

ROCKSPRINGS— Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area is commemorating 50 years as a National Natural Landmark with a festival, and special bat and stargazing programs at the park. The celebration will run from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Oct. 1 and continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 2. Programming will vary each day but will end with an evening bat show. The bat shows will begin at 7 p.m. every evening.
ROCKSPRINGS, TX
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Devil’s Sinkhole celebrates its golden anniversary October 1-2

ROCKSPRINGS, Texas- The month of October is not only about ghosts and ghouls. There are more things celebrated around Texas in October, besides the cooler air and crisp mornings. There are many landmarks that have something more to offer than the traditional things for Fall. So, if you were looking for activities to do with the family, here is one that won’t disappoint.
ROCKSPRINGS, TX
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In Rocksprings, Watch Bats Emerge From Devil’s Sinkhole, or Stay in a Historic Hotel

I’ve come to the Devil’s Sinkhole to see bats, but on this afternoon in early June, I’m captivated by a gray fox patrolling the edge of the gaping crater. I’m just outside Rocksprings, a town of roughly 1,200 about two hours northwest of San Antonio. From summer through October each year, more than three million Mexican free-tailed bats roost in this cavity, which is so large you could tuck the entire Texas Capitol inside. During the height of the season, they emerge in an impressive tornado of flapping wings almost every night.
ROCKSPRINGS, TX
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