Friday, April 17, 2015

Balcones

Thursday Summer and I met Angela and her crew at Balcones District Park for a hike. I have only been to this park once before several years ago so I couldn't really remember much about it.

My motive for choosing this park was the fact that the Northern Bike Trail system's trail head begins (or ends) at this park.

I've enjoyed riding the Southern Bike Trail so much that I'm anxiously awaiting for the north end to be done and I wanted to check on it's progress.

Angela and I are like two peas in a pod when it comes to exploring around the trails.

We hiked only a couple of miles through the woodsy, shady trail and the mosquito's were getting the best of Jordan.

I enjoyed the trail and it looks like a good place to come back with Bo and explore more.....







Some pretty Verbana
 
There is a nice clearing with some picnic tables



Some ball moss
I've spent most of the past few weeks prepping for our trip to Alabama. I'm not looking forward to the long drive, but I am getting excited about seeing family members and a couple of old friends.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Southern Walnut Creek - East

Looking for a bike ride today, Toby and I set out for the Southern Walnut Creek Trail again. This time we took the opposite path than we did the last time.

I enjoyed this path much better. There are a few less hills to climb than the other path which made for a much easier ride for me. We rode approximately 10 miles down winding, foliage lined paths...













Two anoles dueling for territory rights

Indian Paintbrush
I'm trying to get in as much biking as I can before it gets too hot.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Wildflowers

Our morning walks this week led to some pretty wildflower sightings. Not as many as I would like, but Spring has just began so I'm sure I will have more to add to my collection soon.

Texas takes great pride in their Bluebonnets...hence, them being our state flower I suppose....

A hike through the disc golf trail at East Metro Park....



At the park I also came across this very pretty flowering tree......


On our morning walk around the neighborhood we passed this large patch.....


We also came upon some Primrose. I think these are almost as pretty as the Bluebonnets....


My hummingbirds are also back along with our bat family that like to use our pool as their watering hole. They can drink as much as they like since they help keep the mosquito population to a minimum.

We spend as much time as possible outdoors at this time of year.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Downtown Dilly Dally

Yesterday we met up with friends to spend a day touring downtown Austin. Even though I have "toured" downtown Austin many times, I never bore of the downtown atmosphere with it's many sights and sounds.

Because all of us hate driving and finding affordable parking downtown, we opted to take the Rail. The kids always get a kick out of it and I enjoy taking advantage of a stress free ride where I don't have to pay attention to the road.


Our first stop was the famous Driskill Hotel. Although we've been there many times and never seen it, we still hunt that elusive ghost every time we go in there...







While Summer and I were outside on the balcony finishing our snack the others got to hear the story of the little girl ghost that still resides in the hotel. We walked up to the floor where her picture is....


Next, we moved on to The Capitol.....



I guess the highlight our our day was the Naked Bike Guy. Naked Bike Guy is an Austin fixture. The very first time we ever saw him we were hiking at Shoal Creek and there he rides right through the park naked as a jaybird. Summer was about 7 years years old and she said..."That man doesn't have any clothes on!".  Actually, he's not really naked but he usually wears a flesh colored thong that makes him look very naked.

As usual it was a sight to see. Angela said, at least he's wearing a hat! This time he was wearing a black thong which made you have to really take a second look from a distance....


We had a good time, but Summer and I headed back to the Rail earlier than the others. We've had a busy few weeks and I think both of us just wanted to be in the comforts of home.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Southern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail

Today Toby and I took our bikes to the Southern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

It's everything I'm looking for in a biking trail. Nice paved "roads" and some really good flat stretches with some equally challenging hills, one of which I named "Hell Hill". I also enjoyed the peaceful scenery along the way.

We only traveled about 7 miles of the trail but it's a pretty expansive trail that is in the works to be extended to Manor.

Here are some pictures from our day outdoors.....






Taking a break to check out the creek


ewww...gross



A glimpse of downtown in the distance


Red Bud in bloom
Below is a picture of "Hell Hill". It was soooooo much fun going down!! Unfortunately I had to walk my bike back up a portion of it on the way back. It just felt like it was getting steeper and steeper as I went. Toby dusted me and was at the top waiting on me as I huffed and puffed my way to the end.


If you look closely you can see it spiraling its way down. I'm looking forward to going back and exploring more of the trail.


Lastly, here is a picture of a recent sunset....


At first glance, when I looked out my back window last night the clouds resembled mountains in the distance.....