12/22/08

Early Christmas Getaway to Hill Country

We hadn't done anything in Texas all year, so when we finally had enough time to sneak away to Hill Country this weekend, we went for it. I know many of you are freezing right now, but on Saturday we were hiking this Western trail full of prickly pear in Colorado Bend State Park, which gets a whopping 56,000 visitors per year. It was 80 degrees and the sun was hot. Too warm for me, especially in late December - St. Nick, send some snow my way!

Our dry, hot hike led to these lovely little falls nearby the Colorado River.
For many years I yearned to be a park ranger. This hat reminds me of the one that Curious George's caretaker wears! In case it's not obvious, I believe in sun protection.
We stopped at the beautiful Inks Lake State Park on our drive back to the cabin. I quite contentedly sat at the water's edge and tossed leaves in the lake for half an hour.
Such a beautiful sunset leaving the lake.
It got even more beautiful by the time it reached its peak.
We stopped in the quaint town of Wimberley on the drive back, where I found some affordable little treasures. I brought all of our Christmas albums along for the drive for some holiday cheer. We will have a quiet Christmas, so this was a fun prelude to the holiday. Please do share your adventures this week, whether you're traveling for Christmas or not!
All photos by my husband, other than the leaf.

11 comments:

MaryAnn Ashley said...

What a great get away... enjoyed all of the photos! especially the one of you.

Pres. Kathy said...

Beautiful pictures. It sounds like an amazing time. Here in Chicago, our temperature yesterday was -9 without the wind chill!!!

Marfa said...

We got a lovely card in the mail (from you)...thanks! That photo of you with the safari hat on is very cute!

Michelle M. said...

What beautiful photos! I can't believe it was that warm :)

Mimi said...

What a lovely getaway!

DebD said...

Oh 80* sounds wonderful and the falls look lovely.

ELK said...

well I know where all those spots are and have been many times~what great photos!!

elizabeth said...

wonderful!

Have a blessed Nativity!

Shawna said...

what a nice adventure, though I know just what you mean by too warm for winter. I'll be posting our snow adventures all this week, but if it makes you too envious, know that it's turning to rain tomorrow and we will be back to our regularly schedule weather....

renee said...

Hey, there you are! I love it when I finally get a "picture" in my mind of what someone looks like. Sounds like a wonderful hike. And you're right, we're freezing, but happily - I love the snow.

Letters From Midlife said...

As I sit here watching yet another storm system blow in bringing more snow and freezing rain, I admit I'm jealous of your warm getaway! lol!