Falling Water and Big Trees, Chalk Ridge Falls Nature Area, Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Belton, Bell County, Texas

Dana Peak Park is on the northern shore of Stillhouse Hollow Lake. To the east near the dam is a small but great hiking venue at Chalk Ridge Falls. A good waterfall in this part of Texas is rare. There are many places for water to fall, there’s just no water. And here I foundContinue reading “Falling Water and Big Trees, Chalk Ridge Falls Nature Area, Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Belton, Bell County, Texas”

Urban Hiking-Shoulda Just Climbed One of the Downtown Skyscrapers- Riverplace Nature Trail, Austin, Travis County Texas

I heard a lot about Riverplace as a hiking venue. Still do; for some reason people love it. I did it and I am done. For two reasons I say that. Number one, since humans are nasty animals there is now a fee to hike the trail. It was set at 10 dollars and 10Continue reading “Urban Hiking-Shoulda Just Climbed One of the Downtown Skyscrapers- Riverplace Nature Trail, Austin, Travis County Texas”

Urban Hiking- Lake Pflugerville, Pflugerville, Travis County, Texas

Probably the most urban hike I have done is Lake Pflugerville. Lake Pflugerville is treeless, surrounded by neighborhoods on three sides and a major road on the other. It is fully paved with concrete in the park and crushed gravel elsewhere. has no scenery, but it is three miles around the lake, so Quinn andContinue reading “Urban Hiking- Lake Pflugerville, Pflugerville, Travis County, Texas”

Urban Hiking- Gilleland Creek Park, Pflugerville, Travis County, Texas

If you jump the back fence of our neighborhood, when you hit the ground you are in Travis County and the City of Pflugerville, Texas. Although the City of Pflugerville unwisely has paved their trails, they have some of the best in the area. This trail runs right along Gilleland Creek. One way takes youContinue reading “Urban Hiking- Gilleland Creek Park, Pflugerville, Travis County, Texas”

Beer and Black Beans…Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites, LaGrange, Fayette County, Texas

Have you ever heard of the Mier Expedition or the Black Bean Incident? This obscure piece of Texas history is not even known by a lot of Texans. After the Treaty of Velasco ended the Texas Revolution and created the Republic of Texas the dispute with Mexico continued. Seems there was a disagreement about whichContinue reading “Beer and Black Beans…Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites, LaGrange, Fayette County, Texas”

Guadalupe River State Park, Bulverde, Comal County, Texas

The Guadalupe River is among the top ten most endangered rivers in the country. The land for the park was deeded to the state in 1974. The park contains a total of 1938 acres so it is on the smaller side. There is about four miles of river frontage in the park and I willContinue reading “Guadalupe River State Park, Bulverde, Comal County, Texas”

Technicolor Sunrises- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area -Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas- The First Trip

We moved to Texas to be near the Grandkids. My step-daughter who has the kids, knowing I was an avid hiker bought me a book; Sixty Hikes within Sixty Miles of Austin. I have by the way, done many of those hikes. But one that fascinated me was Enchanted Rock. Well over his sixty mileContinue reading “Technicolor Sunrises- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area -Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas- The First Trip”

Finding Fall in Texas, the First Year, Wimberley, Hays County, Texas

We are used to the change of seasons being from the mid-west. Even throughout our 20 some years in North Carolina we saw the seasons change, in particular, the leaves. We had been in Texas only a couple of months and when asking about fall we were told, “Go to Wimberley”, there are leaves outContinue reading “Finding Fall in Texas, the First Year, Wimberley, Hays County, Texas”

Gneiss Place, Inks Lake State Park-Burnet, Burnet County, Texas- Part 2-The Devil’s Waterhole

As previously Promised, the rest of Inks Lake……… One of the prettiest places to me in Central Texas is the Devil’s Waterhole at Inks Lake. Now it is a swimming hole which cruds it up when people are around but during the school months if you get there early all that is gone so youContinue reading “Gneiss Place, Inks Lake State Park-Burnet, Burnet County, Texas- Part 2-The Devil’s Waterhole”

Urban Hiking, Hamilton Greenbelt and Hurst Hollow, Lakeway, Travis County, Texas

Another place I like in Lakeway is the Hamilton Greenbelt. You can do the greenbelt loop out to an overlook and back or at the overlook you can continue into Hurst Hollow. I chose the latter of course. Not far along the trail you come to a small unnamed waterfall. One of Quinn’s favorite splashingContinue reading “Urban Hiking, Hamilton Greenbelt and Hurst Hollow, Lakeway, Travis County, Texas”