There has been a lot of talk about bucket lists. Items people add to their bucket lists can take them all over the world. But here in Texas there is so much to do people are making their bucket lists of things to do and places to go right inside our Texas Borders, and there is plenty to keep you busy. My husband and I love to explore Texas. Most weekends we will take a day and hop in our vehicle and head out in a direction we have never been, on a road we have never been to locations unknown. We just let it happen but for many people that is a little too unstructured so for those of you who need a destination you might find this TV Series The Texas Bucket List helpful. We try to catch the show each week but if we miss it there is a Facebook Page and other social medial sites to catch up with. Warning, with so many cool things to see and do in Texas deciding which direction to go first might be a little daunting! For those of you who are moving to this Great State….look what great things you have to look forward to! I
Yesterday I drove through Tahitian Village to get to the Lost Pine Nature Trails that is along the Colorado River below Tahitian Village. This is a public park area down on Riverside Drive that offers access to the Colorado River for canoeing and kayaking and hiking, biking, and ADA trails. It is a beautiful 30 acre tract of land that adjoins the 60 acre wetland and riparian habitat. Both are beautiful to enjoy all year long. Personally I like them in the winter months the best! I had not been down their since the recent Bastrop Complex Fire and had my fingers crossed that they had not been destroyed. I was overjoyed to find that they were untouched. See pictures of both the Nature Trails and the Land Trust below.
Tahitian Village was one of the areas that was hard hit in the recent Bastrop Complex Fire with many homes lost, but there is a lot of activity and healing going on and it looked like most all of the homes that were lost have been leveled to the slab. Some have even had slabs removed and are starting to reconstruct.
Lost Pines Nature Trail Photos
Pines and Prairie Land Trust Photos
Over the holidays I went to see the Bastrop County Historical Museum for the first time. Has taken me this long to get caught up enough to share how cool it is! It is like walking in to the past! Lots of information on the people who settle Bastrop and the surrounding areas in Bastrop County. Great historical items to look at. And wonderful facts about what life and commerce was like back then. Well worth the visit and the small donation.
The Barton Springs pool is located in the 300 + acre Zilker park in Austin and it is a very popular spot during the hot and humid Central Texas summers for locals and visitors with it cold ( approx. 68 degrees average! ) temp year round.
One of a series of threes springs that seep upwards from the fissure in the Balcones Fault line. Barton Springs has been used by Native Americans, settlers, and became a private pool for it’s namesake Andrew Jackson Zilker and family. Zilker ultimately donated his land which ran along the Colorado River to the City of Austin. Some time around 1930 the City expanded the swimming hole to create a “pool atmosphere” along with sidewalks .
In the summer heat you can find lots of people enjoying the park setting and the cool water every day. There is a minimal charge for entry and there are showers as well. People bring towels and set up camp along the grassy banks on either side of the pool. There are shallow and deep ends to the pool, as well as swimming lanes, and there is one area specifically for diving on the one diving board. Every time I have been there a line forms of people ready to demonstrate their diving skills which is great entertainment while sun bathing in between dips in the pool. Down towards the deeper part of the 1000 foot pool there is an area where you are allowed to used your floatation devices. Another great way to get a few rays and enjoy the cool waters. But it is not just a summer spot, even when the temperatures drop in the Austin area in fall, winter, and early spring there are still dedicated swimmers who come to do laps every day.
During the summer months we make weekly pilgrimages from Bastrop to the Barton Springs Pool to relax and cool down and we are joined by a wide mixture of people. In my estimation the Barton Springs Pool is part of the Austin Lifestyle!
Here are a couple of photos I took while I was out working in the Smithville area. Smithville is a great little town located Southeast of Austin about 38 miles, just a few minutes past Bastrop on Hwy 71. It is a quaint town and has lots to offer from a historic downtown and residential district, parks for dogs and kids with skateboards, shopping on Main Street for Antiques and Art ( Smithville is becoming an Artists haven!), the Colorado River, and so much more!
This weekend I took my dog Edsel with me to change out some real estate signs and put out some flyers and we made a slight detour in to Smithville to see the new Bark Park. We have been to the Bark Parks in Bastrop and the one on Riverside in Central Austin and enjoyed them both. Smithville has done a great job and their Bark Park is really nice and user friendly!
The Smithville Bark Park is located across the street from the Skate Park and right behind the community center is has a section for small dogs and larger dogs. There is an agility course in each section as well as nice water and “poop” stations. Young trees have been planted which will provide lovely shade for the summer months and there is a picnic bench with umbrella too!
My husband and I have had quite a few dogs over the years that have always been a part of our family! There are benefits as well as challenges in dog ownership! I know many of you dog owners understand what I mean! If you are looking to Buy or Sell real estate as a dog owner and want to work with a Realtor who understands please contact me, I would love to help you!
Take a peek at this short video I prepared and see how nice the Smithville Bark Park is!
I was out making my rounds putting flyers into my info boxes on my listings the other day and it was so beautiful out! I took a few pictures of the Bastrop area to share. If you are looking for a dedicated Realtor who lives and works in Bastrop and the surrounding areas please contact me, I would love to help you!
Since we have a deaf puppy we can’t let him play at some of the dog friendly parks in Austin as he needs to be confined by a fence, at least until he is trained sufficiently. So we are big fans of fenced dogs parks! There is one inBastrop and now one in Smithville, but for a change we like to drive in to Austin to the Dog Park on Riverside.
Located on Riverside Drive in Central Austin right next to I-35, the park is fenced and cross fenced, with water and poop stations, varying terrain, bushes, trees, it is a popular spot for Austonians to bring their dogs for some R & R. I am always amazed at how well all the dogs get along. I guess it is because it isn’t anyones “yard” to protect.
There are two sections one for small dogs and one for large dogs although we see some pretty “big” small dogs running around in the larger area.
Make sure to have your dog current on shots and in a collar. Dog Park etiquette says if your dog is bothering other dogs or dog owners it is time for you to head home. One day our pup was just fascinated with an older dog and just kept wanting to play so we packed it up and ended his play day when we couldn’t divert his attention.
All in all the Riverside Dog Park is an awesome place to take your dogs! Here are some pictures of the park I took when we were there. If you or anyone you know is looking for a Realtor who owns dogs and understands the needs of dog owners please contact me!
Bob Bryant park is nestled behind the Riverside Grove subdivision in Bastrop. It is a city maintained park that offers a playground, tennis court, basket ball court, baseball diamond, and a picnic area and restrooms. This is just one of the perks of living in Riverside Grove or The Enclave at Riverside Grove.
Bastrop has a beautiful river walk along the Colorado River between the Old Iron Bridge ( Chestnut/150 Loop and the current Hwy 71 bridge. It is about a one mile walk between the Ferry Park located on Water Street and Fishermans Park which is located at the end of Farm Street. This riverwalk was constructed around 1998 and dedicated to J. Pape. There is ample parking at Fisherman’s Park but limited parking along Water Street. During the Christmas Holiday the river walk is decorated and very pretty to walk at night but is always a great walk any time of the year!