Texas Wildflowers 2016

Wildflowers are still everywhere, so be sure to get out and enjoy them! Here's a small gallery of Texas wildflower photos we took during a leisurely 2 mile walk in and around Bullis County Park in San Antonio, Texas, on March 31, 2016. … [Read more...]

Great Texas Birding

Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, and vicinity Time of Year: Mid-August Weather: Sunny, windy, and hot Activities: Birding, photography As our last trip of the summer, we made a whirlwind visit to over a dozen sites on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. We tried to pack a lot of birding and photography into each day, but with 95 sites on the Central Texas Coast (CTC) … [Read more...]

Two Miles from Hell…

Location: Palo Duro Canyon State Park (Canyon, Texas) Time of Year: Late July Weather: Sunny and hot, high 100+ degrees Activities: Hiking, photography Palo Duro Canyon State Park is, by far, one of the most beautiful Texas parks we have had the pleasure to visit. After spending the prior three days in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, we found the rugged … [Read more...]

Sultry Hill Country SNA

Location: Hill Country State Natural Area (Bandera, Texas) Time of Year: Mid-June Weather: Sunny and humid, highs in the upper 90's Activities: Camping, hiking, birding, photography We had been experiencing a severe case of "camping withdrawal", having not camped since our January visit to Bastrop State Park. After a disappointing visit to overcrowded Garner State Park on … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock Misadventure

Location: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (Fredericksburg, Texas) Time of Year: Mid-May Weather: Mostly cloudy, 40% chance of thunderstorms, mid-80s Activities: Hiking, birding, photography Submitted by: Shannon Moore We arrived at Enchanted Rock at 8:30 AM, a half hour after the park opened. When we arrived, all of the granite domes were obscured from view by a … [Read more...]

Wet Weather Camping with Kids

Rainy weather, even minor thunderstorms, do not have to interfere with your family's camping plans. By following the simple tips below, you can make your camping experience safer and more enjoyable for everyone, rain or shine: Shelter Make sure your tent has proven itself rain-worthy. If the tent is new, hose it down in the backyard several days before your trip and … [Read more...]

What’s an Adventure Journal?

When I began hiking, I started keeping a "hiking / adventure journal". By documenting the date, time, location, distance travelled, weather conditions, and other notable features of each of our hikes in the journal, we have created a useful resource for planning future adventures. Even the details of your most memorable outdoor adventures will begin to fade with time. By … [Read more...]

Summer Camping Tips

Many outdoors enthusiasts find the prospect of putting outdoor recreation activities on hold during the summer months unacceptable. The extremely high temperatures and humidity of the season, however, can make outdoor activities downright unbearable. Fret not! There are some options besides not camping during the seasonal extremes in your area. Here are a few ideas on … [Read more...]

First Aid Essentials

While most mishaps in the outdoors are not life-threatening, any injury – even one as simple as a blister – can quickly ruin an outing. A properly stocked first-aid kit, coupled with a firm grasp of how to use each item, should be standard equipment for any outdoors enthusiast. Pre-packaged first-aid kits are available from reputable sources such as REI.com for as little as … [Read more...]