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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hiking Around Austin, Tx - Various Hikes

We are leaving Austin in less than a week. I wanted to do a small compilation of pictures from town.

Lake Travis - Click on any picture to enlarge it

This park and trail is at Mansfield Dam on Lake Travis. Very near our RV park.

Climbing down into a grotto at Milton Reimers Ranch Park,

The Pedernales River. For you Non-Texans, It is pronounced Purr-deh-nall-less. Never mind that you are saying an R where is none. We have a historic town in Texas called Refugio. pronounced Ree-fer-Ree-oh. We have a habit of accepting  the migrating R's from Louisiana. Example I worked in La Fourche (Lah-fush) Parrish at a town called Port Fourchon (Foo-shawn).  Follow my drift on the Rs that drift?

Lakeway Texas flowers

These guys are everywhere

Windy Point Park, Lake Travis

Looking acrossTravis at Hudson Bend where "we stays".

Hamilton Pool


Climbing at Milton Reimers Ranch Park,

Where the River Bend Trails end, the trail crosses over to Lake Austin
Lake Austin at River Bend

Hiking in Lakeway, Tx - five miles south of us

Statue of Jack Hays. The man John Wayne tried to act like.  Commanche and Mescan fighter.  Texas Ranger Deluxe Edition

Canyon Trail Lakeway

After the rain, I picked up 60+ golf balls on a hike. I did not get these or others because the water is deep here. Very clear

Watch your step girl!

One day, it was raining hard so we "hiked" around the new HEB store in Lakeway. 

Another statue of Jack Hays after he was reincarnated as Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Downtown has a great Urban Hiking system 
Canyon in Lakeway. 
Part of the canyon where the streams merge.

Texas State Birdie

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Austin, Texas : Mansfield Dam Park

A very nice park on Lake Travis.  10 bucks a car or free if you are over 62 :)  They do have 6 primitive campsites, but mainly it is a place to launch boats, swim, have a picnic, or practice diving.
The nature walk-  this sidewalk takes you along all the sights of the park.  To walk the entire length is about 2 miles.  It is a nice walk, mainly shady.
The section of the nature walk was nicely done with markers for different trees etc...

The shore line
Lake Travis as seen from Hudson Bend Peninsula 

a passing boat made some waves.
did a little wading and yes, it felt great!

one of the swimming areas; the picnic are is up along that hill
Lots of places to have a picnic; this site had a nice view and close to swimming area
Time to put those brisket and ribs on! You can see the dam in the background.
Mansfield Dam as seen from lake
The swimming area; it is always amazing how clear the water is in the Hill Country

The black vultures really liked the swimming area
A turkey vulture in flight 

Looking for handouts

nice to have that as a park amenity
Huge playground for kids plus a big rock climbing wall to tire them out in case swimming did not do the trick :)

now wouldn't that be nice to have a backyard like this!