DATE: 3/17/06 – 3/19/06 SPACE: 130 TRIPS: 2 DISTANCE: 46 miles
Jim Hogg Park: Jim Hogg Park is one of the two parks located on Georgetown Lake. Georgetown Lake is a Corps of Engineers lake. The campsites are very nice. They don’t have as many trees as Pedernales Falls but each one has their own covered ramada. Georgetown Lake was about 15-20 feet low so when you went on a hike you walked through some of the small coves that usually have water in them. The trails around the lake were made by the Mountain Bike Club. The trails were great. The view of the lake was beautiful even if it was drizzling.
Friday March 17, 2006
My family and I arrived at Jim Hogg Park, about 5:00 p.m. The campgrounds were very nice. There are 148 campsites, each one has a covered patio over the picnic table. They all have a barbeque grill and fire pit. Because each one has a covered patio they didn’t have as many trees as Pedernales Falls. After we settled in we barbequed hamburgers. Then I took mom and dad for a little walk around the camping area to find where the restrooms are located. After we found the restrooms we walked to the gatehouse to locate the hiking trails. On the way to the gatehouse we saw a few deer. I really wanted to go after them but I was on a leash so I had to stay with mom and dad. Mom didn’t get a picture of them because she forgot the camera. Even if she had the camera it was too dark to get a good picture. We walked part the trail back to the campgrounds. The trails around Georgetown Lake were created by the Mountain Bike Club, they did a great job.
Saturday March 18, 2006
We got up about 6:30 a.m. Mom and dad had some rolls for breakfast. I had my own food. About 7:00 a.m. we went for a hike. We walked by the trail that led to the Georgetown Lake dam. It was a very nice and peaceful. It took us over 1 ½ hours to get to the lookout point of the dam. The lake was down about 15 feet and you could see where the full waterline was. There were some ducks swimming. Mom didn’t take any pictures because it was drizzling. When we were going back a couple of boys joined us because they didn’t know how to get back to the campsites. They were nice boys and mom and dad didn’t mind I really enjoyed that because I loves kids. When we got back to the site we were all wet and muddy. We walked down the boat ramp so I could go for a swim to get the mud off. While I was swimming mom and dad got some of the mud off their shoes. We walked back to the campsite and had lunch. Mom and dad had sandwiches and I had a little snack.
In the afternoon we stayed indoors because it was raining. We took a nap and when mom and dad woke up they played a few games of Yahtzee. Mom played some Solitaire. Mom and dad had pancakes for dinner and I had my special food. Mom and dad listened to the weather report to see how bad the weather was going to be. We decided to stay the night and leave in the morning.
Sunday March 19, 2006
We got up early in morning and went home. Mom and dad decided to go home because it was going to rain all day. We had a great time even if we had to leave a little early. I made it but I was very tired. We will be going on another trip next weekend.
Click on photo to see all Inks Lake PhotosLOCATION: Hill County Burnet City, Texas SITE: Inks Lake
DATE: 3/24/06 – 3/26/06 SPACE: 225 TRIPS: 3 DISTANCE: 64 miles
At Inks Lake State Park: Inks Lake is one of the Highland Lakes. There was a couple of campgrounds. One campground was set up for just tent camping with water and bathrooms. The second campground was set up for both tent camping and RVs with water, electricity, and bathrooms. Inks Lake park campgrounds had eight bathrooms where mom and dad could take a shower. They were very clean and within walking distance. The park has cabins and campsites right off the lake. The campsites are very family orientated. They have swing sets and an area where the children can play. The campsite we stayed at was very busy with traffic, we could hear vehicles coming and going all the time.
Friday March 24, 2006
My family and I arrived at Inks Lake State Park, about 4:30 p.m. Mom and dad set up camp. The campsite was very nice, it had trees, where the birds can hang out and you get a little privacy from your neighbors. Afterwards we went for a walk down by the river. The trail we worked was called Devil’s Hole, it was a very beautiful hike. We hiked for about one hour and the hiked took us up and down the rocks where there is an area where you can swim. We saw couple of deer hiding in the trees. Mom and dad had barbeque hamburgers for dinner and I had my special food. After we ate we went inside the RV because it got chilly.
Saturday March 25, 2006
I woke mom and dad up about 4:00 a.m. mom took me out and then we went back to bed for about two more hours. We got out of bed about 6:30 a.m. mom and dad had some rolls for breakfast and I had my special food. About 7:00 a.m. we went for a hike. The temperature was in the 40’s so mom and dad started the hike with a heavy jacket. We walked down to the main entrance where the hiking trails are located and we hiked for about 3 hours. The trails we hiked start from the headquarters and along the lake. We walked through the campsite towards the main entrance. It was very peaceful and beautiful hike. People were starting to get around, there were a few dogs and a lot of children. There were four different trails to hike, we hiked pieces of all four. The first trail was green, it ran from the parking lot and back to the parking lot. The green trail runs 1.4 miles along the lake. We hiked 1 mile of it until we got to the blue trail. This trail goes under the main road which is Park Road 4. The blue trail runs 2 miles, we hiked .3 mile of it until it met the red trail. The red trail runs .6 miles, we hiked all of it. This trail runs up to the yellow trail which leads to the primitive campsites. The yellow trail runs 1.3 miles, we hiked .9 mile of it and met back to the green trail to get out of the trail area and back the parking lot. We walked back through the campgrounds. I saw a lot of dogs and children, it was a fantastic hike. The hike was up and down the rock around the lake and the other side of the Park Road 4. Around Inks Lake there are some trees but the other side to the road didn’t have any. As we were exiting the hiking trails we met a group of cub scouts going for a hike. I was tired by the time we got back to the site. In the afternoon we hiked Devil’s Hole trail. On the way to the hole I met a couple of dogs. When we reached the Devil’s Hole I went for a swim. While dad was taking pictures I became adventurous, I ended up in a situation way I couldn’t climb back up the rocks to the trail so dad had to hike down the rescue me. Dad and I had to find another trail to get back on the trail. The reason I went down the rocks was so I could go swimming again. I had fun and so did mom and dad. We hiked for about 1 ½ hours. It was a fantastic day. Mom and dad had sandwiches for lunch and pancakes for dinner. I was exhausted, mom had to wake me up to go out before I went to bed for the night.
Sunday March 26, 2006
We woke up about 6:00 a.m. We went for a hike down to the other campsite for tent camping. We walked to the main entrance and down the green trail about .2 miles and turned to the right we hiked .4 mile along the lake which led to the campsites. We walked around the campsites just to see how they were while we were doing that we met a couple of dogs, I really liked that. We walked to the fishing pier, it was very nice. The campsites seemed a little more private because they have a lot more trees. We hiked along the road to get back to our site. While we were walking around the tent campsites we saw a few deer. I didn't chase the deer because I was on my leash but I still had fun. When we got back to the main entrance we met another group of cub scouts. We hiked about 1 ½ hours when we got back to the site we relaxed a little before lunch. Dad helped a grandmother with three young grandchildren pack up her tent. After lunch mom and dad broke camp. Dad helped another woman backing her rig into a site he saved her from having an accident, she almost hit a pole. It was a fantastic camping experience I made it but I was very tired. We will be going on another trip next weekend.