I took this photo a few years ago, back in October 2011.
The Sunset Deck at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is overlooking the Colorado River in the distance.
We’re back from our camping trip and we all had a fabulous time!
I absolutely love Krause Springs.
Before we left for the springs, I found out everything I could about the place.
I read every blog post, and article that I was able to find about the springs. I Google image Krause Springs and clicked on everything that Google pulled up. I read every Tripadvisor, Yelp and Google review about the place. Yes. I’m crazy like that.
We left home on Sunday morning. After a couple of hours on the road we arrived at the beautiful, magical place known as Krause Springs (pronounced Krau-see). We opted to pay the additional $12/night so we could have an RV spot which has access to water and an electrical outlet at each site. Let me tell you, it was definitely worth the extra $36 to be able to have water at my fingertips. With a one-year and a four-year old in tow, I had to make sure I was able to wash hands and dishes and whatever else I may need water for at a moment’s notice.
We spent the first day there just unpacking and making ourselves comfortable. On the second day, after we ate our breakfast we got ourselves suited up and decided to go down to the springs and explore our surroundings. We were definitely not disappointed. The ancient cypress trees gave us plenty of shade. It was nice and breezy and the cold, cold spring water chills you to the bone. Even though it was about 95 degrees (F), the water which is at a constant 68 degrees (F) was a bit chilly for us “old folks”. Although during Texas summers the temperature is known to soar as high as 120 degrees, I’m sure it’s quite refreshing to take a dip in the cold spring water.
The 70′ X 20′ man-made pool is fed by 2 of the 32 springs located within the property. The spring water overflows from the man-made pool into the natural pool down below by way of a gorgeous waterfall.
Dana and I were really hesitant about getting into the water after dipping our feet in and seeing how cold the water was, but we lugged our giant two person river raft all the way down from our campsite. We had to get in.
After you get used to the cold water it’s really quite relaxing sitting on our river raft. There were lots and lots of turtles. We were floating gently in the natural pool and were able to get within a few feet of the turtles before they took off. There were also tons of dragonflies. Some even rested on our arms and legs before going about their business.
Since it was a Monday when we ventured down to the springs we had it all to ourselves. We spent a couple of hours floating and watching the wildlife and just enjoying ourselves.
A lonely rope swing hung off one of the cypress trees for those adventurous souls. There is a nice little grotto underneath the waterfall and a cave nearby. I was really disappointed to see all the trash around the property. Beer cans and cigarette butts could be seen around the cave and other little nooks. It’s sad to see such a beautiful piece of paradise so disrespected by the public. If you’re too lazy to take out your own trash, don’t bring it in!
I almost fell asleep a few times while floating in the springs listening to the birds and squirrels and other wildlife.
On the third day of the trip, we celebrated my 31st birthday. I really couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. We spent most of the day playing at the springs. We even squeezed in a visit to the butterfly garden.
There in the gardens you can find the most massive wind chimes I have ever seen. Some were as tall as 6 feet if not taller. It’s hard to tell how big they really are, but they were definitely enormous.
I have no idea what the names of any of the flowers were, I just loved them and thought they were beautiful.
There were lots of fun little nooks to sit and relax. Lots of seating and even a hammock to lay on.
I can’t wait until the next time we get to go back to Krause Springs. I truly love this little piece of paradise. The day after we returned home, Monk asked me when will we go camping again. I’m already looking up different campgrounds and planning our next camping adventure. I’m hoping to make Krause Springs a tradition in our family. Something to look forward to each summer. I’ll share more photos of our trip in a future post. If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping by and paying the springs a visit. If you are not a big fan of crowds (like us) I would suggest going sometime during Monday-Thursday. We camped Sunday-Wednesday, except for a few other people, we pretty much had the place all to ourselves.
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Can you believe that we are 29 days into the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge?
Challenge for today is “Black & White.”
I got a few orders from my shop, so late last night I made these cute little felt and cabochon flowers. All the orders that leave my home goes gift wrapped. So whether if it’s a gift for someone or for yourself, the person the on receiving end will still get the pleasure of opening up a gift. The flowers can be re-used as a bow/flower for gifts or it can be pinned on as a brooch. They always vary in color and size, depending on what I have on hand. This batch, as you can see, is in the black/white/red color story.
The final challenge for tomorrow is “Self Portrait.”
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Today is Day 28 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.
Challenge for today is “Flowers.”
Can you guess what it is? I’ll give you a hint, it has the most amazing smell and I love to eat it!
Challenge for tomorrow is “Black & White.”
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