Spring on the Greenbelt

Lifestyle

Spring is arguably my favorite time of the year in Austin. The weather is phenomenal, the vegetation lush, and the city’s energy is vibrant and alive.

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Last Saturday I made a solo trip to the Barton Creek Greenbelt via the Twin Falls trail head. Fully prepared for my adventure with plenty of water, my camera, a journal and some good tunes, my blissful day began.

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

I arrived at 10:30 AM with no real intention set for the day other than to soak up some sun and to reconnect with nature. The real estate market is in full swing right now, so I am constantly on the go. This was the first Saturday I’d had to myself in quite a while, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it– hiking, photographing, journaling, people-watching and soaking up every ounce of energy and light possible.

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

As the day went on and my phone eventually died, I completely lost track of time, and for once, I was completely ok with that. Eight miles, hundreds of photos, twenty pages in my journal and a slight sunburn later, I made it back to my car around 5:30 PM.

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

In hopes of best sharing the atmosphere and the energy of the day, here is an excerpt from my journal:

March 28, 2015

Words of influence for the day: happiness, positivity, optimism, hope, give, light & love.

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

I made a trip to the greenbelt alone today. Its absolutely incredible. the weather is ideal– 70’s, sunshine and not a cloud in this deep blue Texas sky. I’m sitting on the cusp of Sculpture Falls, soaking up the sun, the vibrant energy of other greenbelt patrons, and of course, the natural beauty of this stellar treasure.

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Everyone you encounter shares a warm smile, a mutual understanding that out here, we are all disconnected from the daily bustle of the city. In that respect, and in many others, the greenbelt is such a friendly space. Its a natural haven of beauty. Its a place to slow down. To reset. To escape the stress, worries and constant go-factor of every other day.

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

As I sit listening to the crystal waters rushing over the falls, I too reset. I thank God for the sheer beauty of His creation and for the opportunity to live here, in such an amazing city where I can retreat into nature within a matter of minutes.

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Today I ask myself: what can I do to become a better person? What can I do to enrich others’ lives? What can I do to make tomorrow better?

Give thanks. Give hope. Give positivity. Give love.

The feelings brought on by this natural oasis almost bring me to tears. Its an incredible, calming inner-peace.

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

I feel like I could spend days here– listening, observing, appreciating.

Life is good most days, but today its nothing short of wonderful.

{end excerpt}

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

Barton Creek Greenbelt :: Spring 2015

If you haven’t hit the trails yet this year Austinites, get out there! And if you’re just visiting or new to the area, I would be happy to give you some direction on where to go. Just give me a shout!

Until next time,

Hope

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Attention Dog Lovers!

Lifestyle

To all of my dog-loving friends, this one is for you!

Yet another great aspect of this wonderful city is the general population’s pet-friendly attitude. There are a multitude of different types of venues, including restaurants, bars, parks, hotels and more that will welcome you and your pet with open arms. In fact, many of them further accommodate to offer water bowls and doggie treats!

I personally do not have a dog (yet), but while my parents were out of the country over the summer, our family dog came to stay with me for a few weeks. Willie Rooter is a 10 year old Dachshund who is convinced he is a person. He also happens to be one of my best friends. He looks extra dapper in this photo I took a few summers ago at our old house.

William Rooter Teel, friend, licker & lover of all things related to treats and snoozing.

William Rooter Teel, friend, licker & lover of all things related to treats and snoozing.

While he was visiting, I took him with me whenever and wherever I could. He made his first trip into Pet Smart on the first day, and of course, he got nervous and pooped right there in the floor while a little girl was trying to pet him. Haha

Willie Rooter and I at Double Daves Pizza summer 2014.

Willie Rooter and I at Double Daves Pizza summer 2014.

We also made it to Bouldin Creek Cafe, Double Daves, a few parks and some other places. He was truly a little dog in the big city over those two weeks, and we had fun!

Austin Culture Map has a great link to the top 10 most dog-friendly hangouts in Austin, but there are many, many more!

In addition to dog-friendly spots to visit, Austin Fit Magazine also hold an annual Fittest Dog Contest. This year I had the opportunity to photograph my beautiful roommate, Kate, and her awesome dog, Leon, for Leon’s submission into the contest.

Kate and Leon sprinting across the park near Townlake.

Kate and Leon sprinting across the park near Townlake.

Kate submitted Leon’s entry with this great description:

Leon enjoys his 4 mile runs around town lake and pushes his companion to the very end with his galloping pace of 8 minute miles (that’s tough for a 90Ib big guy!). After his run, he enjoys racing with sprints along the open green and a few hill climbs by Auditorium Shores. He’s a one of a kind out on town lake getting his fit on! Leon also will play tug of war to the death, if you’re up for the challenge. Dogos were bred in Argentina over a 25 year span for the specific purpose of pig hunting, oh and also for saving little children from mountain lions. Can your dog beat up a mountain lion? Takes an athlete for that fight. Leon’s upcoming workouts include pulling a weighted tire to work on sculpting his chest. Who needs a gym, just be like Leon and go Rocky style.

Leon. Enough said!

Leon. Enough said!

Look at that handsome boy go!! We can’t wait to find out if he wins!!

Take a look at the AFM Fittest Dog 2014 winners here— you won’t be disappointed at this overload of doggie-cuteness!!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Until next time my friends,

H