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Coppertone and I made a brief visit back to Austin to check on my Dad and decided to log a quick stroll at a park we'd not previously hiked. Actually, Coppertone had been here before for some geocaching, but not to log a hike.
We parked at a nearby office that didn't look like they had 24 hour security like Apple and did what amounts to the outer loop of the park. It was starting to get a bit warm and didn't want to get too sweaty given our other stops today, so this small loop was all we managed to get in.
Thankfully, the maintainers of the park mowed down a good width of grass over most of the trail, which saved us from too much of a chigger risk. Coppertone is pretty sure she still got one of them here though. Reminders of our previous home!
Coppertone and I found five caches along the trail here on a recent visit back to attend a friend's wedding. We had seen this greenbelt on the maps, but had never visited before.
We parked on Adirondack Trail, at the end of Steck Avenue. The trail starting here is a bit more informal and at times appears more than a path along the creek bed. The trail is a bit more defined after it meets up with the trail coming in from Hyridge Drive.
Due to recent rains the creeks were flowing a bit more than normal and so we were unable to make it all the way to the trailhead on Great Hills Trail and had to turn back. If we had been in hiking boots we would have given it a shot, but we were wearing our only pairs of non-dress shoes so retraced our steps back to Adirondack Trail.
Coppertone and I went to the park today and hiked about 5 miles, but barely a foot on the park's official trails. Instead, we hiked the peninsula leading to what is typically known as Sometimes Island. The recent drought have exposed a large spit of land that used to be under the lake. Water levels now are low enough that there's a continuous land bridge from the park.
We spend a few hours looking at shells, the foundations of the old tramway that was used to construct Mansfield Dam and logging a couple of caches.
There's not a trail on the peninsula, but there's relatively sparse vegetation that's taken root, even with the extended drought, so there's little or no resistance to meandering in any direction that you want.
When the spring rains come (hopefully) the land bridge will resubmerge and your opportunity to explore this spot will disappear with it.
Cars will be your common companion along much of the route. Traffic noise is ever apparent, but this trail is a convenient way to get down to the Town Lake hike and bike trail.
Walked the trails of Lake Park and then the connecting area north to the Best Buy. The weather was fairly pleasant today so I thought I get some walking in before lunch. Not sure if all of those areas should be treated as one trail or not.
In addition to the ubiquitous ducks around the pond I spotted a small flock of green parrots, who must be the descendants of escaped pets. Not native, but still more pleasant than the grackles!