Archive for May, 2012

The Back side of Doe Skin Ranch

May 31, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on The Back side of Doe Skin Ranch

Things Get Delightfully Wilder on the back side of Doe Skin Ranch.. the Indian Meadows loop really takes you out into the quiet.. Road noise drops off.. and it has a great feel of being out there.. Classic Hill country terrain.. and it can be HOT.. but on this beautiful spring day it was perfect..

Dropping over the back side

Trail pushing on out

Hill country

Great Terrain

You can see the Trail wrapping around way out there..

Old Burn Evidence

Turning the corner for the Climb back up to the front side

Entry to Indian Meadows

May 30, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Entry to Indian Meadows

The Balconies National Wildlife refuge has opened a new area called Indian Meadows, I should not say its new as its now been around for over 5 years..but it still makes for a nice extension to the hike. Seen here.. the Front country then the top past the climb.. the final shot being the entry to Indian Meadows

Heading up

Not to big of a climb

The Big Cactus patch at the top

Open fields on top of the climb

Lotsa of visitors for this cactus flower

Entrance to Indian Meadows

Ranch Boundaries

May 29, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Ranch Boundaries

In the next couple photos you can see the old corner of a ranch property and in the one below you can see the old Rock wall that formed some type of boundary for the ranch that was here well before the park.. the other shots are from the creek walk to the crossing before the climb.

Corner spot on the Old ranch

Old rock wall across he hillside

Creek Trail

Doe Skin Ranch

May 24, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Doe Skin Ranch

Next up was the Hike to Doe Skin Ranch, in the Balconies National Wildlife Refuge, and honestly one of my personal favorites here in Central Texas. Early in the hike I spied a Scissors Tail Fly Catcher before heading up the Balconies..

Scissors tail

Pond and Prairie trail

Rams Horn

Berries were Just getting ripe

The Creek


The Trail at Doe Skin

Dog walk

May 23, 2012  |  Dogs  |  Comments Off on Dog walk

Decker Lake is a dog walk.. but really a great fishing spot..and picnic area. They hold Triathalons here all the time.. but on this late afternoon.. it was just Jen and I, and the Dogs..




Dried up area

Prickly Pear

May 22, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  2 Comments

We often take the dogs to Decker Lake for a romp.. they can range and roam around and we get a nice 3.5 mile walk. On this occasion the Prickly pear Cactus were all just blooming and in the late afternoon light the park was stunning.

Prickly Pear

all colors


warm light

A little guy getting some chow


10 in 20

May 21, 2012  |  Friends  |  1 Comment

Chris Ran the 10 in 20 race.. or something like that.. basically, 10 miles, 20 stages with bands.. so every half mile you ran by a stage with a band playing..Shown here..Chris really digging the Vallejo at the Finish line! And some Arty shots from around the Domain..

Really Digging the Vallejo!



The Overlook at McKinney

May 18, 2012  |  Outdoors  |  1 Comment

We reached nearly the end of the McKinney Roughs hike and after a pretty good climb we were rewarded with Views of the entire Colorado river Valley.. so nice..a short hop and we were back at the car and the Pups were passed out!

Farm Lands

The best view


The Overlook

Walking around the edge

Climbing back up

May 17, 2012  |  Dogs, Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Climbing back up

We Hiked along the river for a good mile or so, and then we had to start the climb back up to the Savannah We Crossed a small bridge and the wild flowers started to peak out again!




Oyster Mushroom

Little creek

Field of Flowers



The Colorado river

May 16, 2012  |  Dogs, Outdoors  |  2 Comments

Or Should I say..A..Colorado river.. or even better.. The Colorado river of Texas! It flows all the way to the gulf of Mexico and its getting more and more popular for folks to paddle the river the whole way..Here we finally come off the ridge down to the river at McKinney Roughs. The dogs were ready for a little plunge.

The Dogs Lounge at the Colorado

Daddy Long legs poking out of a hole in the tree

Looking down stream


One has to swim.. the other is just wading

Looking up stream