Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site and their friends group, The Rock Art Foundation, are sponsoring a special Seminole and Presa Canyon Day Hike as a fundraiser for Operation Gratitude’s Battalion Buddy Package efforts. The guided seven mile hike in Seminole and Presa Canyons will take place on January 18th. The tour costs $25 per person and entrance to the park will be free for participants. The Rock Art Foundation will match dollar for dollar all funds collected.
The group will visit cliff overhangs used as living shelters by the Middle-Late Archaic people and view elaborate mural-size prehistoric artwork, known as the Lower Pecos River Style Pictographs. These are thought to be some of the most elaborate and complex rock art drawings in the world. Due to the rough terrain, participants should be able to hike, clamber and climb over loose material, large boulders, rough uneven ground and dense vegetation to traverse the canyon. This hike is not recommended for small children. No pets are allowed.
Operation Gratitude is a non-profit, volunteer-based Military Support organization. They lift the morale of deployed Troops every year by sending 100,000 Care Packages overseas. The sons and daughters of soon to be deployed parents receive cuddly toy animals known as a “Battalion Buddy” which help give comfort during this difficult time.
As a bonus, special guest, Therese Frentz, Retired Captain, U.S. Air Force, has been invited to join the tour. She recently returned from a trek to the South Pole with a team of wounded veterans from the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada as a participant in the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.
Frentz, was sent on her first deployment to Iraq for a six-month tour in 2004. On October 14th, while on security detail in the Green Zone of Baghdad, Frentz and two other Office of Special Investigation (OSI) Agents were victims of a suicide bomber attack. The explosion caused burns to more than 30 percent of her body and internal injuries, tissue loss on the left knee, and partial hearing loss. She suffers from PTSD and has overcome depression. She has come a long way, with counseling, medication, and physical therapy and CO2 laser surgery treatments to help prevent scar contractions and to aid with her skin’s circulation. She has been avid supporter for wounded veteran causes and aims to raise awareness of long term issues for returning veterans.
To make reservations, call the Park at (432) 292-4464 before January 16. There are a limited number of slots. The Park cannot guarantee space on tour for walk-ins. If available, walk-ins are first come first serve.
Here is what you need to do on the day of the tour: arrive at the Park at 8am, tour will leave promptly at 8:30. Plan for an all day hike; bring water, snacks, lunch, hiking shoes and dress accordingly for the weather. Sorry no credit cards will be accepted will be accepted for the tour; only cash or personal checks, written to the Rock Art Foundation.