This trip report is a bit different from the previous trips. It didn’t involve any airplanes or hotels nor miles or points; instead, a 4 cylinder engine and a tent were all that’s required. <shocking> 🙂
A couple of weeks ago, we took a 3 1/2 hour drive down to the Colorado Bend State Park for some fun in the wilderness. My sister and I left early Saturday morning to meet the group who’d been there since friday. Not surprisingly, after several hours of driving we were still in Texas. The views along the 3 plus hour drive were a pleasant change from the busy and congested Dallas city life. The last hour or so we drove through FM roads, small towns and ranches before finally arriving at the park entrance.
There are many different activities one can do at the Colorado Bend State Park. From hiking, mountain biking, fishing, waterfall gazing, to swimming and kayaking in the Colorado River. There are plenty of hiking trails to choose from with various levels of difficulty. Due to time constraint, I was only able to do 2 hikes during this trip: Gorman Falls and Spicewood Springs trail. Both were good, I liked the spicewood trail over the gorman falls though as it’s more scenic.
Our friends who organized the trip had yummy burgers, kababs, and sandwiches prepared. The only thing missing was s’mores by the campfire. :(((( Guess this calls for a re-do. My favorite part of being out in the wild was seeing the specks and twinkles in the sky. It felt so soothing and calming gazing at the stars with the sound of crackling fire in the background. It was also neat seeing wild deer roaming around at night. Least favorite part was having to use the waterless composing toilet, and not being able to shower. So, one night of camping is plenty enough for this amateur. 😛
I could count how many times I’ve been camping with one hand – the magic number is 3. This time around I was somewhat prepared. I even got a new half-dome tent months before the trip and camped out in the living room to practice. This tent (northface storm break 2) was pretty easy to pitch and light enough to carry in a backpack if needed (and it’s carebear approved). Unfortunately I forgot to snap a pic at the campsite.
Apart from being able to spend time with friends and getting back to nature, this trip actually helped my sister and I get our minds off of losing our 9 year-old parakeet who passed away 2 days prior. It’d been a really stressful and heart breaking time leading to his passing, we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves had we stayed home.
Anywayz! Want to end the post on a lighter note – there are so many wonderful places to see around us. All you have to do is go out and explore. It doesn’t have to be a long plane ride to a foreign country, or a fancy get away with expensive meals to go along. All you may need is a 4-cylinder engine, a tent/camping equipment, basic food items, good company, and you could be the richest person in the world in terms of memories and experiences.