One of the BIG reasons I started this blog was to document some of the places we go.  I know it’s not the same as going, but it’s still nice to look back and remember the neat places.

Log #1 starts with a nice break from work and working on the van conversion to get out of town for the weekend.  We headed up to the Austin area, a city we want to like, but have not really just yet (sorry Marty and Mariah).  Our goal was go go hiking, not to see the nightlife.  Friday evening we hung out in a hotel.  Truck was very very sad.

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Too sad.  There must be a remedy.

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Much better.

We chose Pedernales Falls State Park, which sits about 40 miles from downtown Austin.  Once you get off the highway, it gets pretty Texas-hilly fast.  Such a fun drive and it’d be a blast in a little car.  We paid our $10 and headed to the falls.  When it’s full, it’s super-dangerous. We were lucky enough to have just a trickle of water and a day that warmed up to about 60 degrees by noon.

Lots of dry rocks with little pools.
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Allie posing with Truck as we got started.
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Colin posing with Allie as we get started.
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Allie and Truck on the edge of a neat pool.
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Probably one of my favorite images of the day.
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A bit up the river, there was a gated off cave. Couldn’t see much from the outside, but there was a little archaeological marker at the entrance.
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Allie felt a little ill and took a nap in the sun. The sun finally broke through the clouds and warmed us up.
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Truck basking in the sun.
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On the way out, we stopped at Jester King brewery, conveniently located just before we got back to the highway. Very pretty out with a great beer selection. The tasting is $10/person, but completely worth it!
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Kitty keeps the beer safe.
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Another shot I love. The sun and the grass made everything golden and pretty.
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Truck going for a drag. He got a much needed bath that evening.
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We headed back early Sunday morning since Allie had to work, but it was a good escape. I have not done a lot of hiking, but scenes like these really inspire me to get out more. I think Allie would be happy to hike a lot more often as well. Truck did very well, so I don’t think he’ll have a problem either.

Hopefully the next trip is in the RV. Update coming on that soon.