Urban Hiking- Emma Long Metropolitan Park-Turkey Creek Trail, Austin, Travis County, Texas

Austin has a large metro park called the Emma Long Metropolitan Park in northwest Austin. I have been trying to get to this trail for years and finally made it. The drive into the park was beautiful and the trail was pretty good for an urban trail. Emma Long was the first female councilperson inContinue reading “Urban Hiking- Emma Long Metropolitan Park-Turkey Creek Trail, Austin, Travis County, Texas”

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Somervell County, Texas

The Paluxy River or to me a creek actually, as it is only twenty-nine miles long, runs through Dinosaur Valley State Park. The Paluxy also contains one of the largest accumulations of Dinosaur tracks in the world. There are eleven distinct track sites in the riverbed. What disappointed me was the amount of people wadingContinue reading “Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Somervell County, Texas”

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site, Washington, Washington County, Texas- Part 2

What made this stop a great one was that this park was actually a three-fer! Besides the building at Washington-on-the-Brazos there was the Barrington Living History Farm, and the Star of the Republic Museum. we next went to the farm as the skies were threatening and we figured to get inside the museum before itContinue reading “Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site, Washington, Washington County, Texas- Part 2”

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site, Washington, Washington County, Texas- Part 1

What is the importance of Washington on the Brazos? Well let’s tell this tale! In 1835 Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana became the President of Mexico and he voided the constitution of 1824. This angered the settlers of Texas which was still a Mexican territory. At San Felipe de Austin, the people held the “Consultation”Continue reading “Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site, Washington, Washington County, Texas- Part 1”

George H.W. Bush Library and Museum- College Station, Brazos County, Texas

Being a bit of an amateur presidential historian… well history in general……. this was on my radar. Over the 4th of July weekend in 2021 we made a weekend trip to see the library. Now George Bush …. neither George Bush would go down in history as a great President, one whom I voted forContinue reading “George H.W. Bush Library and Museum- College Station, Brazos County, Texas”

The Lyndon B. Johnson Trifecta, Austin, Travis County, Texas, Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas, Stonewall, Blanco County, Texas.

The LBJ trifecta, that’s my name for it, is a visit to the LBJ Library on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, a visit to the LBJ boyhood home in Johnson City Texas, and a visit to the Texas White House and the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall Texas. We’ve done them all.Continue reading “The Lyndon B. Johnson Trifecta, Austin, Travis County, Texas, Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas, Stonewall, Blanco County, Texas.”

Berry Springs County Park , Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas

Every now and then even a county park bears mentioning, and Berry Springs is one of those. Berry Springs is over 300 acres which is large for an urban county park. It lies roughly between Berry Creek and Dry Berry Creek. Berry Springs is named for John Berry (1786-1866) who settled here from Kentucky afterContinue reading “Berry Springs County Park , Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas”

People of the Pecos-Part 3- the People of Today, Del Rio, Val Verde County, Texas

On this trip we stayed in Del Rio Texas, a modern town of 36,000. It had most anything you needed and is a major international crossing from the United States to Mexico. The area we travelled in on this trip is dominated by the Amistad International Reservoir. A joint American-Mexican project, Amistad Dam created thisContinue reading “People of the Pecos-Part 3- the People of Today, Del Rio, Val Verde County, Texas”

The People of the Pecos-Part 2- The Old Settlers, Langtry, Val Verde County, Texas

Seminole Canyon got it’s name not from the Indian Tribe, they lived in Florida, but from soldiers. The Seminole Nation, while in Florida, welcomed runaway slaves into their tribe. When the Seminole people were forced west many of those who were black Seminole relocated to Mexico so they would not be captured and sold asContinue reading “The People of the Pecos-Part 2- The Old Settlers, Langtry, Val Verde County, Texas”

The People of the Pecos-Part 1-The Ancient Indians-Seminole Canyon, Comstock, Val Verde County, Texas

Ah it’s my birthday…….again. I wish they would stop coming. They are starting to pile up. This one was number 65. I have been looking over maps of hiking spots in Texas since we moved here and Seminole Canyon had always been on the bucket list. Just close enough to wonder but still too farContinue reading “The People of the Pecos-Part 1-The Ancient Indians-Seminole Canyon, Comstock, Val Verde County, Texas”