Brazos Bend State Park: Needville, TX

IMG_3016eBrazos Bend State Park was one of my favorite parts of my trip to Texas, aside from all the wonderful food I was able to eat. I’m very used to going to National and State parks filled with luscious green trees and mountain surroundings. This park was not that at all, instead it was a swamp. But it had its own beauty that I came to appreciate. The wildlife in this park was not bears and deer, but rather a haven of different birds, turtles, and alligators. We kept count of how many gators we saw during our time there and counted at least 51 of them. There were some really little ones and others were massive, thankfully located on the other side of the swamp though. There were a few medium sized and smaller gators that were really close to path we were walking so it was pretty cool to see them up close.  We picked the perfect day to go since the weather was perfect, not too hot but beautifully sunny so all the gators were out sunbathing. If you’re down in Houston, Brazos Bend State Park is a spot you definitely need to visit. It’s 7 dollars per person to enter the park but it’s worth the experience and nature view. It’s family and dog friendly, you just have to keep an eye on both dogs and children to make sure they stay on the path and away from the alligators. It’s a really popular spot for camping trips as well.


Town Lake: Austin, TX

I went down to Town Lake Saturday morning for a run/walk and just to enjoy the area. We ran from UT, around the capitol, through downtown, and down to Town Lake. It’s quite beautiful, different from the scenery of the PNW but beautiful nonetheless. I think it’s a lot like Gasworks in Seattle, the hill is a not as tall but has the same type of compass design on the ground. There were some people rowing and kayaking in the lake. There’s also a pedestrian bridge across the lake with a view of some cool graffiti along another bridge. It was cloudy when I was down there but I could definitely see it being an even more popular area in sunshine.