Lost Maples State Natural Area

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Lost Maples Primitive campsite E on our Sunday hike – Maria, Suzanne, Bettina, Judy. Photo by Kelly.

Destination: Lost Maples State Natural Area

Date: September 14 and 15th

Travel Time from Austin: 2.45 hours

Participants: Bettina, Kelly, Judy, Maria, Suzanne

Saturday Hike: Backpacked from the parking area at the East Trail trailhead to B primitive camping area. About a 3 mile hike with a steep climb to the camping area after passing the pond.

Sunday Hike: Hiked from B primitive camping area to the parking area at the trialhead of the East trail put our packs in the car and hiked the West Trail to the G primitive camping area and back to parking area at the East Trailhead parking area. Maybe 5 miles.

Bird of the Trip: Black-throated Green Warbler They’re such pretty birds and they’re migrants so it was passing through on its way from the northeast to central/south America for the winter.

Campsite: B primitive camping area

Camp Food: Incredible Pulled Pork Tacos by Kelly, Parmesan Cheese Crisp from Whole Foods by Suzanne. A few varieties of apples with honey crisp apples being the tastiest. Beer to go with the pulled pork was Hops & Grains Zoe Pale Lager. We wrapped each chilled beer in newspaper and then packed them in an insulated lunch bag. They stayed cold for over six hours. Yay! The breakfast from Suzanne: Natural High Strawberry Granola with Milk was really good.

Below I’ve highlighted our hikes on the park map:

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See more photos from Lost Maples State Natural Area here.

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2013’s Big Trip to Glacier National Park!

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This was Hike.Camp.Hike’s Big Trip of 2013 – if you read the about page you’ll understand what I mean. Glacier National Park is completely breathtaking both with it’s gorgeous scenery and it’s sometimes steep and challenging trails. You’ll get the idea when you look at the photos although I highly recommend seeing this in person!

Destination: Glacier National Park

Date: August 1 – 5th

Participants: Catherine, Kelly, Judy, Maria

Friday Hike: North Fork area, Bowman Lake, Numa Trail – out and back for a 12 mile hike.

Saturday Hike: Lake MacDonald area, hiked Sperry Trail to Sperry Campground and camped overnight for a 6 mile steep hike.

Sunday Hike: Sperry Campground to Gunsight Pass Trail out through Jackson Glacier Overlook for a 14 mile hike

Campsite: We had campsite #2 in the Sperry Campground, #1 looked slightly better but was taken. There are only 4 spots in this campground. If we do it again and the weather cooperates the campground at the Ellen Wilson Lake along the Gunsight Pass Trail looked incredible and completely empty.

Camp Lunch: Since this was a backpacking trip our food selection posed different challenges than our car camping hikes. Choices need to be as mush-proof as possible, nonperishable and hopefully light in weight. My selections included bagels and peanut butter, Naan bread and cheese rounds. Snacks were Kind Bars, nuts, banana chips, chocolate and GU which saved me many times along the hike when I was feeling out of energy.

Camp Dinner:

Night 1: Kelly prepared a great dinner for our first night of backpacking. Because of the stormy weather we ended up enjoying this in our hotel room! It was delicious:

Thai Mango Chicken and Rice – Serves 1 (from one pan wonders)

1/3 pouch chicken or 3 tablespoons of diced chicken
1/3 cup instant rice
3 tablespoons chopped dried mango
1 tablespoon dried bell pepper
1 tablespoon coconut milk powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil

@home: combine everything in a ziplock plastic bag. carry the can or pouch of chicken separately

@camp: place bag in a bowl and just enough water to core. let stand 5-10 minutes. Stir in the chicken and serve.

Night 2: The night we camped out we had reservations at the Sperry Chalet for dinner. It was really tasty especially the desert! And we didn’t have to worry about carrying the jetboil or food for dinner on the trip which lighten the load.

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Highlights of Day 1: Arrival at Evergreen Motel, a visit to the backcountry permit center for our permit, on to Polebridge, and a hike to Numa Lookout 12 miles out and back.

Highlights of Day 2: Hike Sperry Trail to camp at Sperry campgound from Lake McDonald 6 miles

Highlights of our overnight at Sperry Campground

Highlights of Day 3 – Hike Gunsight Pass Trail to Jackson Glacier Overlook, 14 miles

Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway

Destination: Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway

Date: June 1 and 2nd, 2013

Travel Time from Austin: 1.45 hours

Participants: Bettina, Kelly, Judy, Maria, Suzanne

Saturday Hike: Started on Lake Somerville Trailway from Nails Creek Unit hiked towards Flag Pond – out and back for about a 6 mile hike.

Sunday Hike: It started raining early Sunday morning so we didn’t hike on Sunday.

Notable Wildlife Sightings: many Roseate Spoonbills, American White Pelican (thank you Suzanne for identifying!) and many other birds that Suzanne will have to add to the list. A fawn, a raccoon eating a hamburger, spiders, scorpions and black beetles.

Campsite: 50 at Nails Creek Unit, the best campsite in the park!

Camp Lunch: Quiche (Kelly)

Camp Dinner: Pasta, pesto and summer garden veggies (Bettina) and Couscous (Suzanne)

On the road back to Austin breakfast: Cafe 290

Gear to add to list: Mallet for driving tent stakes, rain jacket

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Colorado Bend State Park

Destination: Colorado Bend State Park

Date: May 4 and 5th, 2013

Travel Time from Austin: 1.5 hours

Participants: Bettina, Kelly, Judy, Maria

Saturday Hike: River Trail, Gorman Falls Trail, Gorman Springs Trail, Old Gorman Road, Cedar Chopper Loop, Lemons Ridge Pass – 9.5 miles-ish

Sunday Hike: Spicewood Springs Trail – 3 miles-ish

Notable Wildlife Sightings: Rattlesnake!, Armadillo, Turkey, Fox, Deer

Campsite: 2 and 1, stayed in 2

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Buescher State Park

Destination: Buescher State Park

Date: March 16th and 17th, 2013

Travel Time from Austin: 1 hour

Participants: Bettina, Kelly,  Maria

Saturday Hike: Main Trail and the Pine Gulch Loop – together 5.6 miles

Sunday: We brought our bikes and rode towards Bastrop State Park

Notable Wildlife Sightings: A big snake that was hanging out next to the lake  – Kelly nearly stepped on it.

Campsites: 57 and 58

Camp Lunch: all kinds of goodies

Camp Dinner: homemade lentil soup (Kelly)

 

Inks Lake State Park

Destination: Inks Lake State Park

Date: February 16 and 17, 2013

Travel Time from Austin: 1.15 hours

Participants: Bettina,  Judy, Maria

Saturday Hike:  Started at the trail head and did the medium loop – around 5-6 miles  http://www.austinexplorer.com/Locations/ShowLocation.aspx?LocationID=1411

Sunday Hike: Explored around the lake

Notable Wildlife Sightings:  can’t remember . . .

Campsite:  Cabin 13  (Thanks Maria!!) – some slept in the cabin (it was freezing cold), some pitched a tent around the cabin (plenty of space)

Camp Lunch:  Mix and Match

Camp Dinner: Squash soup from a box (Whole Foods)

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Russell Park at Lake Georgetown

Destination: Russel Park at Lake Georgetown

Date: February 19 and 20th, 2013

Travel Time from Austin: 50 minutes

Participants: Bettina,  Judy, Kelly, Maria

Saturday Hike:  Down to the lake and then north on the trailGood Waterloop of the San Gabriel River Trail at Lake Georgetown”. It is a 28 mile loop that goes all the way around the Lake Georgetown

Sunday Hike: Down to the lake and then south on the trail

Campsite:  15 (or 17?)  –  nice view of the lake

Camp Lunch:  Mix and Match

Camp Dinner: Tomato Soup

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