Inks Lake State Park – Burnet, TX

Inks Lake State Park - Burnet, TX

A few months ago, my parents decided to be super awesome and visit me and Mark. They booked a B&B just outside of Austin for all four of us plus the dogs, and we packed up for a couple of days of exploring and relaxation.

We had so much fun hiking at many different parks, eating amazing healthy food at our B&B (that even offered vegan and gluten-free meals!), star-gazing at night, visiting several lakes, and just having fun together. One of the parks we explored was Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, TX.

Inks Lake has an area called Devil’s Waterhole, which is a small canyon with lots of rocky cliffs and boulders to climb, traverse, and even jump off of into the water. During the summer it is a favorite among locals and visitors for cooling off. There are several trails that are perfect for the beginner with many places to explore, including waterfalls (if Valley Spring Creek is running).

If Inks Lake wasn’t an hour away from where I live, I’d be there weekly for picnics, hammocking, geocaching, relaxing, reading, or hiking. I’d also love to come back to go camping there!

Even though it was in the middle of March, Mark felt compelled to bring his swim suit and jump in the water. He just can’t help it! My parents and I had fun laughing at him calculating where the best spots would be to jump off (without propelling himself into a school of catfish!).

Though we didn’t take the dogs that time (they were super tired out from a long hike we took earlier that morning), Inks Lake is a great place for dogs. I can’t wait to go back with Mozart and Magellan! They love trails that have things to traverse, places to jump on and off, and that have water.

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[All photos were taken in March 2015.]

Muleshoe Bend – Spicewood, TX

Muleshoe Bend - Spicewood, TX

If you’re a Texan, or know any Texans, you know that we are crazy about our Texas wildflower season. In particular, bluebonnet season. The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas, and they are just the most beautiful and striking things. For about a month (or less) every year, they grow everywhere in Texas, and are always a sight for sore eyes when sighting them on the side of the road while driving.

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