Link to the interpretive guide to Dinosaur Valley.
Water covered the tracks. Consistent moisture during the past three years has kept Texas out of a once-lingering drought.
"Come back during a drought," said a hiker who came upon me huddling under a large tree during the rain. "The most impressive tracks are these," he said, showing me their location on his wet map. "But you can only see them when the water is low, and you have to find a way to cross the river."
"Do you know how to get to these tracks here?" I pointed to a location on my map that showed a bend in the Paluxy River.
"That map sucks," he said. "It doesn't show the paths very well. We are here," he said, pointing to his map, "and you need to walk that way." His finger followed a path marked on his increasingly wet map. "Here, keep this map. It'll help you get back. Sorry it's drenched."
I covered my camera with the wet map to protect it from the large rain drops falling from the tree above me. Water poured from the tip of my wide-brimmed hat.
Hurricane Harvey happened to arrive, devastatingly, to the Texas coast, bringing rain to the area.
My reflection on the surface of the water as I peer over the barrier to admire a theropod track print.
Signs that describe the depositional layers and where the dinosaurs roamed 140 million years ago.
The rock bridge that leads to some of the tracks.
The arrow points to a track print under the layers of deposition.
Just to the right of the sign, one can see some theropod tracks.
Better view of the theropod tracks.
Other tracks, more recent, included some from turkey and raccoon.
A hole along the Paluxy River.
The arrow shows someone's pile of rocks (piled about a foot high).
Bull nettle and seed pods.
Cardinal flower growing alongside bishop's weed (I think), along the Paluxy River.
An old, old fence along one of the paths.
As soon as the rain became a drizzle, I stepped on the rocks to photographs the view of the limestone layers along the river.