75 degrees in February. The Hill Country Route. by Justin Hospie

Meeting at the intersection of CR 310 & HWY 71, five members of a local enthusiasts group [Texas Overland] met out in Llano, Tx for part one of an outdoor adventure. For those not familiar with the term "Overlanding" allow me to google search, and copy & paste from Wikipedia for you.  

Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries.
— http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overlanding

We followed a previously mapped trail of dirt and hardly paved roads, while enjoying the near-80 degree temps (plus or minus a face full of dust if your windows were down). Part two of the day for those who planned it was to camp out at the trail friendly Turkey Bend Recreational Area.

Part of the journey was to take in the sights of, and merely enjoy the land less frequently traveled...


Moving right along... 

It is a fun/scenic drive, and in total the entire route encompasses some 100+ miles of unpaved, winding alternatives to interstates. We only drove the first section of the route but I look forward to returning again soon with camping gear and intentions of heading even further out!

                                      and then there was this...

Splish splash Zeus is taking a bath!

Splish splash Zeus is taking a bath!

For the full gallery of images from the trip, please see my facebook gallery of images below.  Your comments are always welcome!

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Thats what they're made for... by Justin Hospie

A Hill Country Birthday

 This past weekend I had the honor of attending one of the more non-conventional [for a native New Yorker] approaches of celebrating a birthday. In honor of the birthday girl, we were to meet at and spend the night camping at Pace Bend Park,  just outside of Austin, Texas. After being chatted up by the gate keeper and receiving the 'primitive camping' parking pass we made our way through the gates...

     My mother instilled in me that its "Better to have and not need, than to need and not have" and therefore after arriving with my girlfriend, 6 person tent, queen sized air mattress, electric extension cord. camera gear, mountain bike and SUV full of other miscellaneous supplies, we were off to take advantage of what 'nature' had to offer. 

     #ThinkingDifferent. The flexibility in one's approach helps others to discover new perspectives; just like the birthday celebration out doors. Just like photography. 

     I did manage to use the extension cord to air up a few mattresses,  the camera gear for my first attempt at capturing the Milky Way, the truck to navigate down little closer to the lake shore for an idea sunset shot....(Ok we could've walked it but its overdue for a dirt bath), and even snuck in a cool morning bike ride.   

Here are a few of the images that made the cut from this weekend's adventure. Looking forward to getting further out next time, experiencing another new path and keeping an Open Mind.

Sunset/Moonrise  at Mudd Cove over looking Lake Travis

The Milky Way

The Milky Way

Doing what the T4R does best [Posing off road:p ]