The trickle and burble of crystalline water provides a constant soundtrack throughout the ranch as the Guadalupe River runs on the eastern portion. Cherry Creek and White Oak Creek add their own rhythms to the symphony as they meander through the majestic Hill Country landscape. Three water wells, ranging from 25 gallons per minute to 100 gallons per minute, expand options for water sources.
Eight-and-a-half miles west of Utopia, Texas, in Real and Uvalde Counties, crystal-clear Blanket Creek runs year-round through picturesque Christmas Tree Ranch. Historically, the property was a cattle, sheep and goat ranch, as well as a beautiful getaway in the “mountains” of the western Texas Hill Country.
Don Wells and his fellow retirees kept seeing oddly bent trees on their weekly hikes in the northern Georgia mountains. They were intrigued with the ancient giants. Wells happened to meet neighbor Elaine Jordan, who wrote a guide book, Indian Trail Trees, after interviewing Native Americans about these trees. He started taking her to the trees and photographing them. Trail Tree’itis hit and suddenly, the retired civil engineer was starting a whole new career.