Presidio La Bahia

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Just south of Goliad State Park is Presidio La Bahia. You can walk here from Goliad State park or make the short drive. I should warn that the hill from the road to the Presidio is a little steep and may be difficult for some. Driving may be best if you are unsure or with little ones.

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From TPWD:

Located 1/4 mile south of Goliad State Park on U.S. Highway 183 and 77A and operated by the Catholic Diocese of Victoria. View exhibits, enjoy an interpretive program and exciting reenactments, and imagine life at the fort. Originally built in 1749 to protect the mission and the frontier, it later played a major role in the Texas Revolution. Here, Colonel Fannin and his ill-fated men were held prior to being executed at Santa Anna’s order, an act of infamy later recalled at the Battle of San Jacinto with the cry, “Remember Goliad! Remember the Alamo!” For a very special experience, make reservations to stay overnight in the comfortable Priests Quarters.

 

The Presidio is the origin of one of my favorite Texas Battle Flags. My friends and I still fly this one at tailgates and other events when we need to stand out in the crowd of flags.

Dimmit’s Goliad Flag
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Goliad State Park

Next to Mission Espiritu Santo is Goliad State Park. Although small, this park packs a punch when it comes to Texas History. Along with the neighboring mission that I posted about previously there are several other historic sites nearby. Additionally the park has plenty to offer in the form of outdoor activities.

Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming is available across from the park, at a junior Olympic swimming pool, operated by the city of Goliad (Swimming Safety Tips), nature study, and historical study. The park offers a floating dock and river access for kayaks and canoes, and is a take-out point for the Goliad Paddling Trail.

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Fannin Memorial Monument (Southeast of the park next to Presidio La Bahia)

 


 

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Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site

Back in September of 2013 I visited a great Mission in Goliad (and apparently forgot to hit publish on the posting). If you haven’t been to Goliad State Park yet I recommend adding it to your list. This site combined with its neighboring historical sites make for a great day trip for anybody.


The mission has been beautifully restored to it’s 18th century condition.

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Church at Mission Espritu Santo de Goliad

For reference, here is a picture of the 2004 condition.

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2004 courtesy of another great site for everyone to check out – http://www.wildtexas.com/
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Cannon at the mission

An interpretative guide is provided on the Texas Parks and Wildlife site.

Muir Woods National Monument

On a recent trip out West I had the opportunity to visit a special park in Northern California. Muir Woods National Monument is a “Tree Lover’s Monument” as John Muir said in the early 1900s when he bought the land. He would later donate it to the newly established National Parks System.

It is normally $7 to enter the park, but I was there on a free weekend.

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Wear/bring shoes that are appropriate for slippery, muddy, wet, and potentially long uphill trails (more on that later).

We left San Francisco and arrived at Muir Woods about 25 minutes later. We arrived early and it was a good thing we did.

 

The limited parking lots fill up quickly. You are probably going to have to park some distance away and hike up to the park.

It’s worth it.

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Pictures don’t really do the park justice and I’m not nearly a good enough writer to come close to describing the sites and sounds.

It was a little difficult to take pictures. My GS4 did not like the odd lighting of the park.

And here’s one with people for a reference to the size of some of these trees.

Now, for the helpful hints part of the post. The ocean view trail is long, narrow, muddy, rocky, steep, and a great challenge. Enter at your own risk. Don’t blame me if/when you make it to the top and realize it’s too foggy to actually see the ocean. 🙂

November at Lost Maples

Our 34th park was Lost Maples State Natural Area. We headed out early from Austin to beat the crowd…and then found that we were the only ones crazy enough to brave the weather.

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It was 32 degrees and muddy, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

There were many maples that still held their leaves, but many of the trees were bared during the recent storms. This was definitely one of the most colorful parks that we have visited so far.

There were also some interesting formations at the park like Monkey Rock.

Can you see it? How about now?

The view from the top of the East Trail was definitely worth the climb.

About that climb…1.5 miles straight up a rock staircase. It was challenging, but it paid off.

Lost Maples SNA Foliage Report

Check out the foliage report at TPWD for the latest on the maples at Lost Maples.

Also a great video on the TPWD Youtube channel.