Category Archives: Central Texas

LOCKHART

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I have so many places that I want to go in Texas!  But with NBA playoffs keeping me close to home, I don’t have a lot of time to travel.  You can relate to that, I’m sure.  So why not go somewhere close by?

I chose Lockhart State Park, which is about 40 minutes away from home.  It’s a small, but unique park.  It’s the only Texas state park with a staff-operated nine-hole golf course.  And it’s in a town known for it’s flashy courthouse and classic BBQ.

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LAKE SOMERVILLE

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I haven’t been camping in months.  I’ve been itching to get to a state park, build a campfire and sleep in a tent, but I only had the time to travel about 2 hours away.

I looked at the TPWD web site and found Lake Somerville State Park.  Never heard of it.  Hmm…a camp site by a lake?  Not a bad idea…

My car had been acting funny for the past week or so, but I packed up my stuff and hit the road.  At least for a few minutes before I had to turn around because I forgot something.  I left the car in park and ran in to the house to retrieve the forgotten item when I heard a loud noise coming from my car outside.  I ran out, turned off the engine and reassessed.  Maybe my camping trip wouldn’t happen after all.

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HWY 71

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For most of my adventures, I spend at least a couple hours researching where I might go and what I might do when I get there.  There’s always some flexibility in my plan – these are adventures after all – but I usually have a list for each place.

Recently a friend asked me, “how was your trip?”  Because of my busy schedule, I hadn’t planned as much as I normally do, so I answered, “it was good, but I think I need to plan more next time.”  He responded, “or less.”

Huh.  He had a point.

So this time, I set out on the road with no plan.

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SCHULENBURG

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Okay, I’ll admit it.  Up until now, I’ve put a lot of thought in to where I travel for this project, but this time it snuck up on me.  It was Sunday night and I realized I had nothing to post this week and no travel plans.  Plus, the weather forecast predicted sleet and snow.  Where was I supposed to go?

I needed some place that had indoor activities and that wasn’t too far away, just in case driving conditions got bad.  Obviously I couldn’t camp.

Monday morning I woke up and started researching.  I looked up the painted churches of Texas.  Schulenburg?  That’ll work! Read more

PALMETTO STATE PARK

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Every June I make a stop at Palmetto State Park during the Texas Water Safari, an annual canoe & kayak race.  I stay for the evening, watching teams come in and out of the race check point via the San Marcos River, but I’ve never really gotten to see what the park has to offer.

It turns out there’s quite a bit more to this place than paddling.  (*gasp!*  Safari folk, I’m not betraying you, I promise.)

Let’s start with a few clips from my video diary.  (Keep reading for more photos.)  Unfortunately, the trip started with rain.

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FREDERICKSBURG

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Frohe Weihnachten!

That’s Merry Christmas in German!  I learned that recently while checking out what the German town of Fredericksburg has to offer for the Christmas season.

I stayed at the Main Street B&B, which is exactly where you think is.  It’s a perfect location for exploring the down town shops, museums and restaurants, and it has a balcony that overlooks Main Street.

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BUESCHER STATE PARK

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It’s that special time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas when the To Do lists pile up with gift shopping, meal preparing, house cleaning, party planning, seeing family and friends, traveling, eating and generally stressing.

When I go “home” for the holidays, I exhaust myself trying to see as many people and do as many things as I possibly can.  That was the case during the Thanksgiving holiday and I came back feeling completely overwhelmed.

Fortunately central Texas heated up for a few days, just long enough for me to have an escape to Buescher State Park near Smithville, TX.

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