I'm going to combine parks for this post. It sure was fun getting out and seeing Austin - so many lovely, shady places. I'm biased - I think Austin is such a beautiful place to live!
Laguna Gloria, in NW Austin is a lovely place. Once owned by Clara Driscoll, and built in the early 1900's.
It sits on Lake Austin. Scout is standing at the bottom of an amphitheater of sorts. I remember accompanying The Girl's kindergarten class for a field trip here...oh, about 17 years ago...we ate on the steps leading down to this area.
Tours are free on Tuesday, but seeing how we weren't there on a Tuesday, we just walked the grounds. It was hot as blazes. So, there weren't many other people there.
Lots of scenic views.
And lots of old giant trees, which I LOVE.
Barton Greenbelt was a little less exciting - after walking awhile along very treacherous root studded trail, we turned back. We saw all kinds of walkers heading back towards us, so I know there's a cleared trail in there somewhere...
Looks like you are in the middle of nowhere, but you can hear the roar of Mopac.
Watch your step!
According to the website it's a lush area and 809 acres. However, there's still a drought happening here, technically...so...
The middle of Austin - seriously.
It was really pretty, what we did see of it. We decided to come back in the Fall when the foliage turns colors and it's not 40% humidity....
And since we are running out of summer here - Fall is not that far away!