Went out with Greg to the Riverplace Nature Trail the week before they started charging $10/head/pet to hike there. I do understand the need to limit crowds, as it has gotten extremely popular, but $10/dog? That seems a bit overboard.
Anyway, we did the full trail, out and back, including the Little Fern side trail. Water was flowing pretty well. Lots of people. Very pretty. Tired at the end.
Greg and I are going to hike Half Dome in Yosemite in the fall, so it’s time to get in shape. This trail will probably be one of several that I use to train for that endeavor.
Hike: Rim Trail, Lakeway, TX
Weather: cool, sunny, mid 60s
Hikers: Ian, Court, Biff, Finn
Length: 3.14 miles
This was a nice short hike back out in Lakeway starting from the Mt. Lakeway trail head. Our goal was to take the trail all the way to the lake, but they are doing construction and the trail seems to have been cut off, unfortunately. We circled back and did a quick loop around the pond which is more full than we’ve ever seen, due to some consistent rain this winter.
It was still a nice day and the pups were happy to get out in the early spring weather. We still have a few random days of cold and cloudy, but spring is just around the corner. I’m planning to hike a lot this year in anticipation for a pretty big idea that I will share down the road.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Hike: Balcones Canyonlands NWR – Doeskin Ranch
Weather: cool, clear, mid 50s
Hikers: Ian and Greg
Length: 3.7 miles
This is one of my favorite hikes, though I don’t do it that often because there are no dogs allowed due to it being a National Wildlife Refuge.
Greg had never been and I figured it would be a good hike to start off the new year and a good MLK Day hike. We got out to the trail head around 11am and there were actually several other cars in the lot, which was a bit surprising. We didn’t see too many people on trail though, as I think there were some families with kids and they probably didn’t do the full length of the trail.
The day was pretty and quiet and we saw several small birds flitting around along with some vultures riding the updrafts. Greg brought his fancy-pants camera and got some shots of the waterfall near the end of the hike. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Hike: Tyler State Park – ‘A’ Loop Trail
Weather: warm, sunny, upper 80s?
Hikers: Ian, Biff, Finn
Length: 2.6 miles
I totally forgot to blog this when it happened back in July. I only remembered it because I was going back through all my 2018 photos, but hey, better late than never.
Court had a work function up in Tyler and I did a quick hike out at the state park. It was quite a nice hike through the piney woods of East Texas. We got out before it was too warm and the dogs had fun.
Here are the photos in no particular order.
Saturday and Sunday, November 24-25, 2018
Inks Lake State Park
Ian, Court, Biff, Finn
As is becoming tradition, we headed out to one of our favorite state parks for Thanksgiving weekend. This was originally slated to be a two night affair, but some exciting football scenarios played out and we wanted to make sure we were in a place to watch on Friday night.
Our regular site (#328) wasn’t available, so we took a chance on #304 which turned out to be awesome. It’s a huge site with private lake access. We could easily camp 3 separate tents here.
After a couple of hours in town watching football, we went for a quick evening hike before starting up a fire and making dinner.
We woke up with the sun, packed up, and hit the trail for a longer hike to finish out the trip.
There was a fire out here this summer that consumed about 300 acres within the park and made for some really interesting burn zones on our hike. There were huge swaths of burned cactus that looked like corpses on a battlefield. Twas a bit eerie.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Palmaria Island – across from Portovenere
This hike was not really planned. The idea was to take the ferry across the bay to Palamaria Island and rent kayaks and explore the coast line. We had heard there was a place on the island to do just that. Instead we found a weird mix of dilapidated buildings, an odd beachfront “cafe” that looked like it might be haunted, wild goats, and questionably marked trails. On top of this, Court was wearing shoes much more suited to kayaking than hiking, so needless to say she was not ready to hike what ended up being just over four miles. She stuck it out though and the island gave us an interesting afternoon hike.
We started off on an old jeep trail that gradually climbed up and around the island, giving us some nice views looking back toward La Spezia and the mainland.
We climbed up into the woods for a bit and then back down to the shore, where we were greeted by the remains of an old military base of sorts. Most of the buildings had fallen down and it had a very eerie vibe.
After this is where the “cafe” was, though it looked deserted as well. The pics of it on Google maps show it full of people and the food looks good, so maybe we were just here at a weird time of year or something.
We soaked our feet in the ocean for a bit and then headed back up hill where we were greeted by the islands wild goats that roam around and eat whatever they can.
We reached a few more military ruins at the top, enjoyed the views, and then cut back across the center of the island.
There was actually a large fort in the center that was completely overgrown and I believe dates back to WWI or WWII.
By this time our feet were hurting and we were a bit disappointed by the lack of kayaks we had anticipated, so we did our best to get back to the dock and catch the ferry back to Portovenere as soon as possible. I think if our expectations had been different, this would have been a much more enjoyable hike, but it was an experience nonetheless.