Today Carolyn Nottleson and I visited Guadalupe River State Park, which is southwest of Austin near Spring Branch on the southeastern edge of the Hill Country. Before hitting the road we stopped at McDonald’s to get a little breakfast to eat on the way. It was very foggy until mid-morning but not dense enough to interfere with traffic. It was quite warm once the fog lifted.
At the park we went on a wildflower and butterfly walk with Ranger Craig Hensley, who is very knowledgeable about the plants, animals and insects found in the park. There were several species of beautiful butterflies -- but no monarchs. Boo-hoo! There would have been enough nectar for them. The autumn wild flowers and grasses were plentiful.
The easy-paced walk on level terrain took about two hours because we stopped often to examine butterflies and flowers. We spent several minutes on the limestone bluff above the Guadalupe River enjoying the view and the cooling breeze. Our group was small, which made it much easier to get close enough to the ranger to hear all his remarks.
On our return trip to Austin, we stopped in Blanco to have lunch at the Bowling Club. The food is plain but cheap and plentiful, even with the small plate ($6.95 including tea and dessert).
Back in Austin we stopped at Walmart to get some groceries. My refrigerator was bare due to the repairs earlier this week, so the bill was larger than usual. The last stop was to feed Sweet Pea. We got back to Pecan Grove around 4:00.
STATS Route: I-35 S => TX 46 W => Park Road P 31 N to park (81 miles); return trip back to TX 46 E => US 281 N => US 290 E back to Austin
Gasoline Price: $1.939 at Austin