It is a challenge to keep up your cheer when you have things hitting you from every end. Whenever you can go out and do something you enjoy…savor every moment! It’s your time to recharge so you can think clearer. On the way to visit family for Christmas I took advantage of some time to hike part of the Hill of Life in Austin. Austin is so very cool! They have lots of outdoor things to do. Friends from the Big Bend trip told me about this hike. It’s on Austin’s Barton Creek greenbelt. The best I can guess is that this is a 6.7 mile hike one way. I knew that I would only get a taste of this with my kids and figured we would walk to the water…which is spectacular and back and I was guessing it would be a couple of miles. You have to know the capability of your company! This trailhead begins in an older neighborhood. There are many people hiking with dogs and even mountain bikers.
You walk down to the water and the “hill” is the way back. The rocks are a challenge, there are pea size to grapefruit size rocks. A lot of unevenness. When we got to the bottom we saw clear water. There were two waterfalls not far apart.
If it were warmer, I would be swimming! My daughter got me some Chacos for Christmas, very cool water shoes. It was too cold to wear them this day. We met a man with a Brittany and a black dog, they were well behaved despite their venture way ahead of the man who brought them. We made our way back up the hill in time to travel an additional 5 or so miles to the Austin 360 bridge also known as the Pennybacker bridge before sunset. This was my daughter’s idea and a great one it was! So my husband is not the hiker, however my kids were intrigued. I’ll take whoever will go with me.
You have two paths, one steeper than the other. At the top, to the left you can see the Austin skyline. Once we climbed to the top we saw a marriage proposal in rose petals with sand and lined rocks. So sweet this was done at sunset. You can also see cedar trees lining the highway, people decorate them as Christmas trees.
This was an amazing day. We had a great time together and then had a really great dinner. Christmas was amazing, the food the company, everything. I know how lucky I am. I hope you find your happiness too. This is the BEST part of life!