While hiking in Georgetown, there were flowers growing all alongside the trail. All were impressive after a rain storm, but I was most impressed with the flowers on the Cactus plants. I don’t see those too often.
Today’s hike started off at Booty’s Road Park. This is probably my favorite section of the trails along the San Gabriel River with short cliffs on one side and the River on the other side. There are birds and deer along the way also. The trail is gravel in some places and paved in others with resting spots sprinkled throughout. You can hike for a short while and return to the park, or you can take out on a longer route if you want more exercise. Overall, a nice hiking experience in Georgetown.
Things are blooming and growing at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. I hiked through several different zones on the outside loop trail, and there was much to see and photograph along the way.
These are some of the sights you can see as you climb the Watchman Trail in Zion National Park all the way to the top. When you reach the trail summit, you will be rewarded with some lovely views.
This hike through a slot canyon was a great experience. It was wonderful to feel enclosed with high canyon walls on either side. At times, I had to scramble down rock formations to continue onward. There was only the sound of the crunching of sand and gravel beneath my hiking boots. The sun was getting close to setting, the temperature was cooler in the shadows, and around each new corner was a surprise. Every few steps was a grand photo opportunity. 🙂
Closed Canyon is a slot canyon located in the Big Bend Ranch State Park. The trailhead is just off of Farm to Market Road 170, and the hike is about 1.4 miles long round trip. It is a beautiful place. According to the brochure, “Mountain lion, javelina, rock squirrels and a variety of lizard and snake species including the greater earless lizard, desert spiny lizards and the western diamondback rattlesnake may be seen in or near the canyon.” Lucky for me, I had the Canyon all to myself.
It was a lazy Sunday. I slept a lot, watched some football, ate a late lunch, and then went out to Lake Pflugerville for a sunset walk around the 3 mile loop.
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.
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. 🙂