Winter days in the upper 70s must not be squandered, as every Austinite knows. The tiny parking lot at St. Edward’s Park was overflowing yesterday morning, but the trails themselves were blissfully quiet, with only a few other hikers apparently willing to risk wet feet to cross Bull Creek and climb the steep bluff trail.
Bare branches give a chilly look, but it was shorts weather.
The crossing is different every time, as floods scour the creekbed at regular intervals. Tippy, slippery stepping stones offer passage across this section.
These two were like sure-footed mountain goats as they scampered across. My own crossing was more tentative but equally successful.
The savanna between the bluff and Spicewood Springs Road is flat and easy to stroll, with views of bleached grasses studded with prickly pears and emerald junipers against a blue, blue sky.
This is the eastern edge of the Hill Country.
Get out there, Austin.
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