We also enjoyed hiking the nearby Bastrop State Park. It was a lot more rocky than Buescher with interesting streams and ponds.
We always enjoy seeing the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) structures. It wasn’t that easy to find the water fountain that Alan is standing next to in the picture. We had to use our hand-held GPS as we ventured off the trail.
You can read more about the Lost Pines and the CCC in this Texas Parks Department brochure:
One of these may be the endangered Houston Toad that is known to be in the Park, but we aren’t really sure. We almost stepped on one of them in the wildlife viewing shelter.
Alan went fishing one day at the lake in Buescher State Park. I got to paddle the canoe. The weather wasn’t great but the ducks were friendly. It took a lot of shots to get the picture of the dragon fly.
The highlight of the day was definitely seeing the snake eating the fish on the shore. Check this out. The snake was probably at least six feet long and Alan didn’t manage to catch a fish that large!
We moved to Buescher State Park where we were really the only campers in the park after the weekend. It was a little spooky at night, though.
We enjoyed some nice hiking trails through the Lost Pines during the day.
We headed down to an old railroad tunnel to see the bats, but it turned out they weren’t cooperating that night! You could smell them, though.