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Lake Somerville seeing bird migrations

For the bird enthusiasts out there now would be a great time to check out Lake Somerville.

picture below is from flag pond

pelicans
pc: Lake Somerville State Park facebook page
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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

Rain, Rain, don’t go away

Some state parks in Texas got some much-needed rain this weekend. The pictures below are all from facebook posts from the parks. The location is in the caption below each picture.

flooded creek
Hill Country SNA (Memorial Day 2014)
flooded road
Palo Duro Canyon SP (Memorial Day 2014)

 

fishing pier at bastrop state park
Fishing Pier at Copper Breaks State Park (Memorial Day 2014) This is the first time in 5 years that water has been remotely close to this pier. Nice reopening of the pier even if only temporary.
Hopefully the parks get more rain today.

Garner State Park

Park #34 on our quest to visit all the Texas State Parks and Historic Sites was Garner State Park.

It was very cold and started to rain when we arrived to the park. Even with the conditions we enjoyed the unique features of this park. The Frio (pictured above and below) is frequented by many during the summer for tubing activities. You wouldn’t want to do that in November. Besides being really cold, there’s also very little water.

Check the visitor’s center in the center of the park for path tags, wildlife viewing suggestions, and other park souvenirs. The main office at the entrance is for entrance fees ONLY and don’t forget to take a number on the way in.

There is plenty for the whole family in this park. There is a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, a miniature golf course (seasonal and weather-permitting), camping, hiking, swimming and tubing (seasonal), and much more. You can see why this is one of the more popular parks.

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.

lost maples and path through park

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.