Inks Lake Overnight 12/3/22-12/4/22

Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4, 2022

Inks Lake Overnight

cloudy, chilly, slight breeze

Ian, Court, Biff, Finn

We made it out to Inks Lake after having to reschedule on Thanksgiving weekend due to weather. It worked out much better and I’m glad we moved our dates.

This will probably be my last camping trip with the fam for a while, as my PCT hike is happening this spring! More on that later.

We just had the wettest November in years, so the water out at Inks was flowing really well and we also have some of the best fall color in central Texas that I can remember. We had a cold snap last week and all of the trees apparently took that as a sign to change all at once.

We got to try out the new lead line we got to attach the dogs to while we set up camp. It worked great. Thanks Ryan and Kelly for the idea! We also used our new Eureka car camping stove that we got last Christmas to make a real dinner.

Finn doing his best downward dog
Biff wondering when we are starting the fire
cooking dinner on the new stove

This was also the first time in a while we’ve been able to have a campfire, as the wet November did away with the burn bans in the hill country. It was a fairly chilly night, so we enjoyed sitting around the fire with the dogs, playing games and sipping beers.

sunset on the water through the trees

Everyone was cold in the morning, but we made coffee and breakfast tacos before packing up a getting a quick hike in. There was a nice waterfall that hasn’t usually been there in the past, but the water is flowing great right now.

Cold Biffer

one of my favorite views at Inks

We just did a short loop of about 1.5 miles, but it was a nice way to start the morning and get a little warmed up before we hit the car on the way back. Biff was happy to fall asleep on Courtney’s lap on the way home.

As I mentioned, my Pacific Crest Trail hike is on for 2023! Some of you may remember that I was going to go for it in 2020, but a variety of things derailed my attempt, including Covid of course. As of this writing, I have an approved starting date of March 8th, though I’m going to try and change that date in January to something a little later.

My posts here will probably slow down and then dry up completely as I get closer to my hike, but I will be blogging it on my other site,!

I’m doing this mainly to have a record of my hike for my future self, but follow along if you like!

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