Assault on Live Oak Hill

November 30, 2008 at 9:52 pm 2 comments

To date the state of Texas is seriously lacking in summits which have joined the exclusive Summit Cheeseburger club. To begin to remedy this inconceivable oversight, a portion of the assault team responsible for the first Texas summit, including Bassman (Chuck), Grandma (Ruth), and Finnsdattr (Heidi, new to the summitcheese club) decided to tackle Live Oak Hill, a whopping 410 foot summit which is in fact the fourth tallest (of five named summits) summit in Fayette County. The ascent started easily enough, with a 12 mile drive to Ellinger, TX, from La Grange (those of you familiar with ZZ Top will know of this town). Once the team left the paved road, however, the assault became much more treacherous. The first obstacle was a short, though potentially deadly, area of road construction, including a trailer containing two unearthed culverts. However, after a brief pause, which allowed the road construction crew to move out of the roadway, we were able to continue. The difficulty due to road construction equipment was nothing, however, compared to the actual COMPLETED construction site encountered later. It seems that the construction crew had preceded us and made a portion of the road almost impassable. Following the installation of a new culvert, the construction crew assumed that only vehicles with a very high clearance would be using the road, resulting in a pile of loose dirt that almost high centered the minivan in which we were travelling. Fortunately for us, we were able to surmount this difficulty and were able to continue to the trailhead uninterrupted. After parking in the lot next to a very quaint country church on the aptly named St. Mary’s Church Road, we casually strolled to the top of the hill, a scant 20 yards away, where we all enjoyed Whataburger cheeseburgers purchased on the way. Note from the attached photographs the Catholic shrine placed at the top of the summit, no doubt to protect those who choose to tackle this difficult summit from the difficult journey.

Live Oak Burgers
Due to the difficult nature of the drive to the trailhead, we decided, in keeping with true summit cheeseburger tradition, to return home using an alternate, though uncharted, route. To our chagrin this route was much simpler than the previous one, and led us to within 50 yards of our desired destination, Tobias Pecans, where we purchased several pounds of delicious Texas nuts for our munching pleasure.

Live Oak 3 Live Oak Shrine

Entry filed under: Texas Summits.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wimpy  |  December 1, 2008 at 11:52 am

    a hearty Summit Cheeseburger welcome to Heidi!



  • 2. Bassman  |  December 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Just noticed that Finnsdattr is from SLC Ohio! When was that city founded?


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