Camping at Palmetto State Park
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm

TOWN Austin Camping Palmetto State Park 2/22/2018 thru 2/25/2018

Outing Leader/RSVP:  Meetup – Linda Bennett Williams

What:  Camping at Palmetto State Park

78 Park Rd 11 South   Gonzales, Texas 78629

When: February 22-25, 2018

Who:   Town members and guests

Palmetto has become a yearly favorite for the campers among us.  The park is small but beautiful and is located between Luling and Gonzales.

My favorites are the bogs filled with palmettos and beautiful hiking trails.  If you have never experienced this gem, please plan to either camp or spend the day with us!

As of 10/31/17 there are 14 water/electric sites available, BUT don’t wait to reserve.  The park is very popular and has a comparatively limited number of sites to other state parks.  Details for the outing will be posted at a later date on Meetup or by email.


Hike in Barton Creek Greenbelt
Feb 25 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am


Distance:  4 -5 miles at a very brisk pace

Difficulty:  moderate to difficult; these hikes are not for beginners and are fast paced.

Meet at Marsha’s house before 7:30 am and will depart promptly at 7:30.  Late arrivals will be left behind.

Group will finish before 9:30 as Marsha needs time to prep for church.

Water is required as well as good walking shoes.  Sticks are also helpful.

Dogs must be on leash.  Prepare to pick up your dog’s poop.  Furnish water for your dog.

Contact MarshaK via email by Saturday evening if you wish to walk with her.

Monthly Meeting, February 27
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Monthly meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month. The location is the Northwest Recreation Center at 2913 Northland Dr, 78757. Enter the front doors, look left, and you will see and hear us.

Visiting begins at 6 pm with our business meeting following at 6:30. Our speaker begins at 7.

Our agenda is typically the following:  bring your brown-bag dinner or a snack; we gather at 6 pm & socialize; 6:30-7:00 greetings, introductions, business, outings reports and planning; 7- 8 speaker; 8 – 8:15 adjournment and cleanup.

Karen Hoffman Blizzard will give a presentation on mountain-biking and hiking at Big Bend Ranch State Park. Highlights will include a “map tour” of the park’s layout and geological features; tips for preparing for the park’s signature event, Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest; and easy-to-access day hikes in the park.

Blizzard is a freelance writer and musician who previously worked at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department from 2006 – 2014. As a communications professional she wrote extensively about state parks, and led hikes and mountain-biking rides at Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend workshops. As a member of the team that implemented the public use plan for Big Bend Ranch State Park, she participated in trail building, wrote numerous articles for TPW magazine including the award-winning “Mountain Biking Dream Ride,” and co-authored the park’s Biking Guide. She also publicized and worked as a Bike Patrol member for Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest, which has been produced by Desert Sports and TPWD every February since 2011. In October 2017, Texas Highways magazine published her article about hiking in and around the Sauceda area of Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Join us and bring a friend!

Sycamore Creek Concerts – Trout Fishing in America
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Trout Fishing in America

Contact GailP-C for more details.

Sycamore Creek House Concerts
Dripping Springs, Texas

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Doors open at 6 pm, music begins at 7:00 and concludes about 9:00.
$20/person suggested minimum donation

Camping at Lake Georgetown Cedar Breaks
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm

Lake Georgetown Cedar Breaks Park Camping

Outing Leaders: Jan Brownell & Jenny Falkenberg

Please RSVP on Meetup or to Jenny at:  j_falkenberg@yahoo.com

When: March 8 – 11, 2018 (Thurs.-Sun.)

Where: Cedar Breaks Park, Lake Georgetown

2100 Cedar Breaks Rd.

Georgetown, TX 78633

512-930-5253 (Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Who: everyone is welcome including well behaved dogs on a leash

Cost: $26 a night without discount, $13 a night with discount

Discount: 50% discounts on camping fees are applied if 62 years or older and have a Golden Age or Golden Access or America the Beautiful card.

Your hosts for this event will be in campsite # 31. There are 64 fully equipped campsites, plus a dump station & hot showers. It is recommended you secure a campsite as soon as possible since you can reserve a specific campsite. Campsites 24- 40 are along or facing the lake. The closer to campsite # 31, the better, for group gatheringsJ

Each campsite can accommodate 8 to 10 people, so tent campers welcome.

Reservations at: www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777

There will be a hike on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and a potluck Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. Please meet at campsite # 31 for both events.

PLUS a complimentary breakfast on Sunday morning at campsite # 31.

Please bring firewood if you have it.

Please RSVP on Meetup or to Jenny at:  j_falkenberg@yahoo.com

Hope to see you there!!


Jan and Jenny

Hike Crockett Gardens & Falls at Lake Georgetown
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Crockett Gardens & Falls Hike – Lake Georgetown

Outing leaders: Jenny F & Jan B

When:        Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Where:       Meet at campsite # 31

Who:          Everyone including well behaved dogs on a leash

Cost:          Free to hike the trail

Length:      5 miles roundtrip (in and out)

Difficulty:   moderate (due to rocks and roots)

Time:        2.5 – 3 hrs. approximately

Bring: water, sun protection and anything else that will make you comfortable (like hiking poles). Plus maybe a snack or two for our break at the springs.

This trail includes cedar woods, lake bluffs with nice views of the lake and springs. It is half sunny and half shady.

This hike is in conjunction with the Lake Georgetown Cedar Breaks camping outing the same weekend. Come for just the hike, the day or the whole weekend.

Please RSVP to MeetUp or email  j_falkenberg@yahoo.com

Hope to see you there!

Kayaking at Georgetown Cedar Breaks Camping
Mar 10 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Host: Cheryl Cantwell for the kayaking part – Jen & Jan are hosting the weekend & hike at Cedar Breaks

RSVP to Meetup please https://www.meetup.com/TOWN-Austin/events/247741777/

  • What we’ll do

Weather permitting – paddle around Lake Georgetown

When: Saturday March 10, 1:30 pm-4 pm

Who: Townies, family & guests welcome This paddle is in conjunction with the Lake Georgetown Cedar Breaks camping outing the same weekend.

Meet at Campsite #15 -this site has a short trail down to the water to launch our kayaks. You’re welcome to park your kayaks on site #15 starting on Friday. We may paddle again on Sunday if the sun is shining and the day is lovely. If you can come for just Saturday, there’s a hike at 9am, we’ll kayak at 1:30 after lunch, and enjoy potluck dinner that evening at 5:30 if you’d like to join for the entire day!

  • What to bring

Bring your own kayak and gear, sunscreen. PFD’s /life vests are required.

  • Important to know

If you’re coming for the day – Day use entry fee is $5 per vehicle. If you’re 62 or older, your America the Beautiful lifetime senior pass will allow free day entry to the park (and your passengers). If you qualify for a senior pass, but don’t yet have one, they pay be purchased at Cedar Breaks entry gate for $80 (as of 2/12/18 they have them, I ckd). Here’s a link to tell you more about it:


Richland-Chambers Lake Outing
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm


Richland-Chambers Lake…Again!

Thursday-Sunday, March 15-18

We had SO much fun at our outing at Richland Chambers Lake another re-run. This is NOT exactly a TOWN outing but it is being made available to my friends in TOWN.

I have reserved Gayle’s lake house for Thursday – Sunday, March 15-18. I am renting for a reduced price of $1500 for the 3 nights. That is with no tax, clean-up, or VRBO fee. The $1500 will be divided between the participants.

I think we should be able to get at least 10 of us and as many as 14. We had 14 at the two other outings and we did great. That will make our cost individually hopefully between $107.14 and $150 for all 3 nights.

Please let me know if you want to be put on the list. I will keep a waiting list if need be.


Camping, Biking, Kayaking at LCRA Muleshoe Bend Park – March 23-26
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm

Camping/kayaking/biking Muleshoe Park; March 23-26

Who: Townies, friends, family, pets

RSVP:  MeetUp https://www.meetup.com/TOWN-Austin/events/247836613/

Your Host:  Judy Loving, jkl8@yahoo.com

Reservations are through Reserveamerica.com; I have site # 12 reserved for Friday and Saturday nights. All sites are listed as “tent only” and that’s what you enter when reserving – boondocking camp, no hookups. https://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/muleshoe-bend.aspx

Cascading across the rolling foothills of Spicewood is the splendor of LCRA’s Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area. With 540 acres worth of camping and trails, Muleshoe Bend is packed full of rugged adventures.

Twenty seven primitive campsites careen along a two mile span of Lake Travis shoreline that sprouts fields of bluebonnet flowers come springtime. The sites come equipped with picnic tables, fire rings, charcoal barbeque grills, and easy access to the restrooms. Oak and mesquite trees supply ample shade for complete shelter from the Texas heat.

Cool off from a day’s worth of adventures in the river. Each site is located within walking distance to the beautiful, fishable shoreline. Streaming eastward, the water’s current is ideal for kayaking and canoeing. Lifeguards are not on duty, thus swimming is at one’s own risk.


Mountain Biking

Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area has a careening, seven and a half mile loop trail that’s full of adrenaline. The path retreats into the wooded hills with moderate climbs and descents, while never being overbearing on your legs. It juts through twists and turns – and a few creek beds – with ease and speed. Advanced riders can pack on the distance by utilizing the short, interwoven loops threaded into the main trail. Furthermore, there are five access points to the trail from the main vehicular road making the ride easier for beginners and families searching to endeavor a shorter, less intense distance.

Fishing and Boating 

Despite the decrease in water depth, the level is sufficient for kayaks and canoes. The water runs east towards Mansfield Dam. The best access is suggested to travel down Trammel Road West and turn left to the end of the park, launch your craft in the water and head east with the downstream current pushing on your tail. Be sure to wear a personal floatation device! Whether on a boat or the shoreline, fishing is welcome.

Bird Watching 

Relaxation has never sounded so sweet than the pleasant chorus of the Central Texas birds. Numerous species are indigenous to the region: swallows, cardinals, beautiful hummingbirds, and warblers, including the species of golden cheeked warbler, currently on the endangered list. Due to the influx of agriculture, subdivisions, and the commercialization of Central Texas, the warbler has lost much of its natural habitat. LCRA proudly stands behind its efforts to sustain the natural dwelling conditions, for golden cheeked warbler, necessary to harbor a haven that’s safe for potential repopulation of their species.


  • What to bring
    All the usual gear.

    • Important to know
    Flushing restrooms are located at the park entrance for your convenience.
    Three non-vaulted toilets are located within the park parameters (one near campsite 4, down Turner Farm Road, the second is near campsite 12 at the end of Trammel Road West, and the third is near campsite 25, down Trammel Road East).
    A rinsing shower is located on the west wall of the entrance bathroom.
    Furthermore, a potable water pump is placed adjacent to the bathrooms. Stay hydrated!

Monthly Meeting, March 27
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Monthly meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month. The location is the Northwest Recreation Center at 2913 Northland Dr, 78757. Enter the front doors, look left, and you will see and hear us.

Visiting begins at 6 pm with our business meeting following at 6:30. Our speaker begins at 7.

Our agenda is typically the following:  bring your brown-bag dinner or a snack; we gather at 6 pm & socialize; 6:30-7:00 greetings, introductions, business, outings reports and planning; 7- 8 speaker; 8 – 8:15 adjournment and cleanup.

Our speaker is Lt. Jack Frost of the Westlake Fire Department.  Lt. Frost will discuss Your Fire Extinguishers and Their Best Use.  Have you ever deployed a fire extinguisher?  Do you know which type you need to have on hand for different types of fire?  Come hear Lt. Frost provide tips for extinguishing indoor and outdoor fires that will save your property.

Lt. Frost switched careers from being a Physical Education teacher to becoming a professional EMT-Firefighter and progressed up the ranks to be a lieutenant in the Westlake Fire Department, where she is an investigator/inspector.

Join us and bring a friend!