Outdoors

Beloved Thanksgiving Day tradition: Austin’s Turkey Trot

The Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot is held in Austin on Thanksgiving Day, and is a great way to help eliminate guilt over that big meal you are going to inhale after you cross the finish line.

Weather Cools! Top 5 Hiking Spots Around Austin

Fall is my favorite time of the year. In more northerly states, it conjures memories of crackling leaves, hooded sweatshirts, worn-in jeans, football games and early sunsets. In Austin, it conjures memories of … not sweating, shirts that have sleeves and cool nights, if not yet days.

Auditorium Shores Dog Park Meeting Gets Rowdy

City Parks Department staffers Jesse Vargas and Marty Stump got barked at by a packed house of angry and frustrated dog owners on Tuesday night, who were there to comment about the staff’s now-final recommendations to ban dogs—on leash or off—from the Auditorium Shores lawn.

Dogs to Be Banned from Auditorium Shores Lawn

It’s been heralded in the local news as the greatest thing since F1 came to town: C3, the concert promoter that puts on ACL Fest, recently donated $3.5 million to the City of Austin for the restoration of Auditorium Shores. All but one report failed to mention, however, that C3’s plans mean that the current use of the park’s six-acre lawn as an off-leash dog park will end.

Fall in Austin - Skin Care Tips for the Changing Season

With summer winding down it’s a great time to start thinking about the transition in your skin care regiment for the upcoming fall season. Over the course of the summer your skin has been exposed to the intense Austin sun and extreme humidity, which can be rough on your complexion.

Five Best Swimming Holes Around Austin

It’s September in Austin, and summer is still going! One of the great things about Central Texas weather is that our swimming season lasts from April until early October.

Day Trip: Wimberley's Blue Hole is a Hill Country Jewel

Ah, the swimming hole. There’s not a Central Texan around who can’t appreciate the appeal of a good swimming hole; a shady spot where the river or creek widens and deepens as bald cypress trees bend at the hips, looking at their reflection in the water.

Best Day Trip Ever: Krause Springs

Krause Springs makes Barton Springs look like a diaper-filled swampy hell hole. And I love Barton Springs. That’s just how magical Krause Springs is though.

Top 5 Austin City Pools

August means two things. One, it’s hotter than … it’s too hot to think of a good analogy. And two, the kiddies are all finally headed back to school.

Day Trip: Bull Creek (East of 360)

Bull Creek is one of Austin’s greatest natural treasures. This Colorado River tributary winds its way through some of the most beautiful parts of northwest Austin and features more than one spot to appreciate its beauty.

(Two) Day Trip: Hot Springs National Park

Over the past couple of years, I’ve fallen in love with hot springs. It started on a trip to Colorado in September 2012. Soaking in hot mineral water made me feel so at peace that The Bearded One and I made the pilgrimage to Chinati Springs here in Texas in March 2013.

Day Trip: Cibolo Nature Center

If you’d asked me before I moved to Texas, “What do you think about creeks?,” I would’ve answered, “I don’t.” My, how things have changed. Creeks are the givers of life, recreation and imagination in Central Texas, and creek lovers of all kinds should appreciate the Cibolo Nature Center, along Cibolo Creek.

Day Trip: Guadalupe River State Park

It’s just about August, and that means we’re sort of, kind of, relatively close to the end of the absolute worst part of the eight-month stretch of year we call summer.

Day Trip: Hill Country Natural Area

Anyone who’s driven through the Bandera area knows that this part of the Hill Country is one of the most beautiful areas in the state. The Hill Country State Natural Area provides a great example of this Central Texas terrain, as well as some mighty impressive views.

Birding Takes Flight in Unconventional Ways in Austin

The Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant is where the city’s sewer and yard waste go to be recycled through microbial composting systems; it’s where what’s flushed down the toilet and bagged in the yard goes to be turned into hay and Dillo Dirt. It’s also one of the hottest birding spots in the city.

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