There were a number of different wildflowers in bloom when we hiked the trails at both the Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. These are just a couple of pictures that I took. Al started getting impatient waiting for me to take pictures of flowers.



Bastrop State Park

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.

A Day on the Lake

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!


Our first true camping adventure was to Enchanted Rock outside Austin, TX. We stayed at a great KOA outside of Fredericksburg. By now, we had a full truck with everything you need for a “decked out” campsite.