Hill Country State Natural Area- Tarpley, Bandera County, Texas

Always , always I am looking for elevation. Someone told me that Hill Country State Natural Area had the best views outside of Big Bend. I looked at the maps of the area and found that the hills here reached up to 2000 feet. Ah Yeah, this is more what I am looking for. IContinue reading “Hill Country State Natural Area- Tarpley, Bandera County, Texas”

Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas

One of the Hill Country’s most beautiful areas is Pedernales (pur-de-nal-iss)( another Texas pronunciation that makes no sense), Falls. It can also be one of the most dangerous! The Pedernales River runs 106 miles, rising near Junction Texas flowing to the Colorado River at Lake Travis. The Pedernales is hyper prone to flooding, rising toContinue reading “Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas”

Gneiss Place, Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, Burnet County, Texas- Part 1

All hikers kind of develop their go to place or “home park” so to speak. I have three Dana Peak, a Corp of Engineers park at Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Lake Georgetown which I have written about earlier and Inks Lake State Park. all are about an hour or less from the house so I getContinue reading “Gneiss Place, Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, Burnet County, Texas- Part 1”

Raising race horses in 1840?…. it happened here…. McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, Travis County, Texas

One doesn’t think of race horses in 1840 but that was exactly what transpired on the land owned by Thomas Freeman McKinney. McKinney Falls are just not gorgeous but this area is steeped in Texas history. On the sign it also reads “Camino Real de los Tejas.” The Camino Real de los Tejas translated meansContinue reading “Raising race horses in 1840?…. it happened here…. McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, Travis County, Texas”

Hills, Desert and Prairie, Dana Peak Park at Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas

If you have been to the homepage of my site you have seen a picture of a nice hill by a pretty lake. That is one of the Twin Peaks at Dana Peak Park at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. This is an outstanding hiking venue. You can get an ample amount of miles, there are threeContinue reading “Hills, Desert and Prairie, Dana Peak Park at Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas”

San Gabriel River Lakes- The Bridges of Madis….er Williamson County and the Comanche Bluff Trail- Granger Lake, Granger, Williamson County, Texas

Lake Granger, the one that no one really wanted but the one the government was determined to build. In my story in the last post I talked about the book I read on the history of the San Gabriel River dams. Well here at Granger, just above Laneport is Lake Granger. So I figured I’dContinue reading “San Gabriel River Lakes- The Bridges of Madis….er Williamson County and the Comanche Bluff Trail- Granger Lake, Granger, Williamson County, Texas”

San Gabriel River Lakes-Lake Georgetown and Crockett Falls, Georgetown, Williamson County, Tejas Camp-Leander, Williamson County, Texas.

One of my go to places when I don’t have a reservation is Lake Georgetown. A reservation you say? Yes. In Texas it is advisable to get an online reservation to visit most state parks. Texas State Parks all have a fee for entry and a capacity limit, so the good ones fill up quickly,Continue reading “San Gabriel River Lakes-Lake Georgetown and Crockett Falls, Georgetown, Williamson County, Tejas Camp-Leander, Williamson County, Texas.”

Ah! Finally Hiking in Texas, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Bertram, Burnet County, Texas

Moved to Texas in the Fall of 2018. The hiking here is…. let’s say different. It’s hot. There is little to no shade in most areas. But the state has it’s own type of beauty. And I am talking about Canyons not Mountains. We have lived here for about three weeks but with all theContinue reading “Ah! Finally Hiking in Texas, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Bertram, Burnet County, Texas”

Mountains and Waterfalls, Cullasaja Gorge and Hiking the Great Smokie Mountains-2018

After our trip on the Appalachian Trail in 2018 we went to the Cullasaja Gorge and the Great Smokie Mountains. Refresher: in 2018 I planned a trip to hike on the Appalachian Trail. This was my goal when I renewed my interest in hiking. My sister from Montana and my niece and her boyfriend cameContinue reading “Mountains and Waterfalls, Cullasaja Gorge and Hiking the Great Smokie Mountains-2018”