234 Ranch Road 1050, Concan, TX 78838, US

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We help sustain & improve Garner Park for all generations.

We help sustain & improve Garner Park for all generations.

We help sustain & improve Garner Park for all generations.We help sustain & improve Garner Park for all generations.

GARNER TRAIL STORIES

Polly Trail

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Story from Garner Trailwork Weekend - January 2000

The Isleib family has been part of the life of Garner State Park since the late 30s / early 40s. My dad was stationed at Fort Clark and my mom worked in the CCC office in Uvalde. They would camp in the back of their car, graduated to a one wheel trailer and tents with 5 kids, a Twilight Bungalow, and ultimately Park Hosts in a Class C Cabover, (retired/grown kids/nobody to set up tent, cots, etc!). Mom was the Recreation Director for the Galena Park School District summer camping program - and with five kids, we ended up spending our summers at Garner growing up. We packed a week’s worth of clothes and went to Happy Hollow to do laundry each weekend.

When Friends of Garner was organized, we of course became involved. Family friendship with George and Diane Foshee kept us up to date on Garner happenings. At the 2000 Trailwork Weekend, my niece, Leah Stewart (at age 11) and I somehow became involved with trying to identify one of the little trails on the CCC boys’ map. Because I was teaching Orienteering in my PE Classes at WC Andrews Elementary School in Portland, Texas, it was the perfect time for investigating where that shortcut was.  I call it a little shortcut on the Foshee Trail that avoids the climb up to the Shady Oak tree.

We took the map, compass and orange flagging tape and started searching for the trailhead starting point. I pointed the compass and Leah would walk as far I could see her and hang a tape on a tree branch. From that point, she would walk the compass direction until I couldn’t see her anymore and hang tape on a tree. She just “hop-scotched” on the path ignoring cedar trees grown up in the way and deer/goat paths branching off. We knew we were on the right trail because occasionally we could see rocks along the edge that were originally placed by the CCC boys!

I’m not sure who did the actually clearing of the trail but I’m sure it was FOG folks. Leah ended up earning a badge from Girls Scouts, wrote a report for one of her classes, and I was in utter shock the next time I saw a trail map and it had “Polly’s Trail” on it. I had no idea that Leah and I would be on the trail map of the best, most wonderful state park in Texas! Thank you, FOG!

Polly Royer

1/21/2020  

LEAVE NO TRACE

A woman and her son were hiking in the park this weekend when they came across some fossils. The mother wanted to keep the fossils, but her 17 year old son pointed out that is in fact illegal to take any artifacts from a state park. After some deliberation, they decided the right thing to do was to turn them into headquarters on their way out. Office staff let me know that some fossils were turned in, so I picked them up for identification. I called said “fossil lady,” and emailed her articles I used to help identify a particularly unique fossil in great condition. She was very grateful and kind. I assured her that they did the right thing and I will now use this fossilized echinoid in interpretive programs to help depict what the hill country landscape consisted of millions of years ago! Pretty fun way to start my Monday morning. 😊

Attached is a picture of the fossil found and below are links to the articles I utilized to identify and learn more about echinoids.

http://www.discoveringfossils.co.uk/echinoids.htm

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/data/echinoid-directory/intro/introduction.html

Shaylee Burns

Park Interpreter & Volunteer Coordinator

Garner State Park

Leave No Trace Principle number 4: “Leave What You Find. People visit wildlands for many reasons, among them to explore nature’s mysteries and surprises. When we leave rocks, shells, plants, antlers, feathers, fossils and other objects of interest as we find them we pass the gift of discovery on to those who follow. Leave What You Find means retaining the special qualities of every wildland area, for the long term.” -excerpt from North America Leave No Trace Skills & Ethics.

If visitors discover something of interest in the park, the best tactic is to take a picture of it, document where they found it, then show or ask a ranger about their discovery. Leave What You Find helps preserve the parks natural and cultural history for future generations to discover.

Thanks,

Shaylee Burns

Park Interpreter & Volunteer Coordinator

Garner State Park

REMEMBERING DIANE FOSHEE

 It is with great sadness we want to let you know that Diane Foshee passed away on October 9, 2019.  A memorial service was held October 19, 2019, at Leakey United Methodist Church, in Leakey, Texas, where Diane was an active member for many years.


Diane and  her husband George were generous and compassionate supporters of and contributors to Garner State Park. She was one of the founders of FRIENDS OF GARNER and a significant developer of Garner’s trail system.  Her tales of coming to the park as a child in the 40s and her narration of the history will be missed but have been saved for future generations.  Please join us in thoughts and prayers for her loving family. 


A MEMORIAL HIKE took place on SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020,  during the TRAIL WORK WEEKEND, sponsored by Diane's family.

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