Exploring Texas

November 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm (Gypsy Life)

Texas is not a place I ever imagined I would spend much time. Then I fell in love with a Texan and in the past year I have visited this state three times. The first time was for his sister’s wedding and the entire visit was a fantastic experience. The hospitality, food, and scenery were all truly remarkable. We rode our bikes through the hills outside of Austin, ran along wooded paths, went to the kayak playpark, fished on the Gulf Coast, swam in the Blanco River that flows right through the neighborhood where his parents live, and hiked beautiful steep hills just a stone’s throw from our front door. We also went to Barton Springs and Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (Lance Armstrong’s bike shop) and to the Blue Hole Swimming Hole (maybe that’s a secret name?). I thought at that point that I had done most of the adventuring one might do in that area (I had also been to Big Bend previously and knew that I could spend years and not see or do everything down there).

The second visit was shorter, for another wedding, and most of our activities were family or wedding based, or repeats of our previous activity.

In the past week though, I have once again been pleasantly surprised by the many different things there are to do here. Every day, we have been creating mini-triathlons that include swimming laps in the long river pool in the backyard, cycling fifteen miles, and kayaking a few flatwater miles on the Blanco River. A couple weekends ago we went back to the coast for a short fishing trip. Not only was the fishing fantastic (Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass, Red Fish), but we also saw more pods of dophins than we could count. They were playing and flipping and mating and jumping out of the water. The first night we were at the coast, we spend a few hours enjoying appetizers and watching the dolphins perform. Last weekend we spend camping at Bactross Lake, an RV-type campground that was perfect for costumes, campfire stories, and music. It’s been snowing in Jackson, our winter destination, and post after post on Facebook has been abotu backcountry skiing, but at the present time, I’m enjoying the last few weeks of warmer weather and loving all the adventuring Texas has to offer.