Swim at Your Own Risk

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I took a visit to Bull Creek this evening after work to see how the recent rains have contributed to the water flow.  It was pumping.  A hiker’s Labrador Retriever attempted to bound across the rocks, and accidentally got swept into and over the main falls.  There was a minor rescue effort to get him back on dry land, but he shook off the water and was back in high spirits before long.  The lady bug hung onto her flower and watched the whole event in anticipation.

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St. Edwards Park

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Hello St. Edwards Park!  It has been a while.  I started off on the Tim and Maggie Boatright Memorial Trail that runs between Spicewood Springs Road and Bull Creek.  This part of the trail has a few lingering wildflowers and a busted up house.  Then I climbed up the path at St. Edwards Park, took in the view of the hills, got lost in the woods, found my way downhill to the dam, watched the fish swim around, enjoyed the soothing sounds of the waterfall, and headed back for my car.  All adventures were accomplished before sunset.

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Bull Creek District Park – Trail Map

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Today’s hot hike was launched from Bull Creek District Park in weather beyond 100 degrees Farenheit.  I walked a short way along the Inga VanNynatten Memorial Trail, then plunged into Bull Creek and took it as far as the super hot day would allow.  Along the way there were plenty of people and their dogs enjoying the cool creek water.

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Bull Creek District Park

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The recent rains in Austin have transformed Bull Creek District Park into a giant water park for the family.  People were having a great time this evening with swimming, sliding down the waterfalls, playing on the rope swing, picnicking, and wading through the shallow parts.  There were million dollar homes in the hills, wildflowers on the trails, and family pets wondering how they ended up in the middle of a flooded creek.  Forget paying those expensive water park fees for a while and get yourself over to Bull Creek for a swim.  🙂

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St. Edwards Park – Hiking

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I returned to St. Edwards Park to further explore the trails.  I went up the hill, and across the ridge again, but this time ventured out to the very end of the red trail that follows along Bull Creek.  It was another awesome evening!  I can see making this a regular exercising habit along with my routine walks on the hills of Georgetown.  There is so much to see and experience in this park.  🙂

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St. Edwards Park – Bull Creek

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Bull Creek runs through the park.  The water here is clear and inviting, possibly even nicer than the swimming holes in the Austin Greenbelt.  I successfully crossed the creek twice today without falling in the water.  When it gets warmer, this might be a nice place for a swim or an accidental on purpose fall into the creek.  🙂

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