Hike in Barton Creek Greenbelt
Oct 22 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am


Distance:  4 -5 miles at a very brisk pace

Difficulty:  moderate to difficult

Meet at Marsha’s house before 7:30 am.  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, October 24
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 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 Lucien Ball, the City of Austin Environmental Program Coordinator for Fire Management.  Luke will talk about the conservation property, why fire is important to the land, the practices used to manage wildfire, and personal wildfire safety and home protection.   Interestingly, Fire Management is part of the Austin Water, Wildlife Conservation Division.

Lucien (Luke) Ball began his career in wildland fire management in 1998 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.   During his time in Federal firefighting service, he participated in wildfire suppression, prescribed fire, and emergency incidents in 24 states.  In 2011, Luke began working as the Fire Management Coordinator for the City of Austin.  He now assesses fire danger, prepares fire response plans, implements fire prevention and mitigation actions, and conducts prescribed fire treatments for the Wildland Conservation Division and its partners.

Join us and bring a friend!

Our November meeting will be our pot-luck celebration with the election of new Board members.  Remember to bring clothing and outdoor equipment you no longer year.  This is our free exchange.  Bring clothes or toys and take home something new to try – for free!

Kayaking Lady Bird Lake
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Time for kayaking!

Lifejackets/PFDs are mandatory for this outing!

We meet at the Rowing Dock on the s. shore of Lady Bird Lake, behind Zilker Park (www.rowingdock.com) between 5:30 and 6, planning to be on the water by 6 pm in the sleek new boats with great seats and working footpegs.  $15 (cash preferred) will rent your boat, paddle, and lifejacket as we head upstream toward Tom Miller Dam, or downstream to admire the skyline and downtown buildings.

If you are new to TOWN or haven’t been out with us in a while or have an afternoon open, you can’t find a better way to enjoy the heart of Austin than on a cool, leisurely paddle on Lady Bird Lake.  Two hours of scenery, sights, and enjoyable chatting to your fellow-TOWNies and their guests, followed by a social hour enjoyment on dry land at venues such as Shady Grove, Maudie’s, Rudy’s Barbecue . . . and the Four Seasons.  Not kidding, but not usual, either.

If you have your own boat, you can put in behind the Rowing Dock at no charge.  We will help you tote it from your car to the small dock.

Camping at Bastrop State Park
Oct 27 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm

Campout  –  Bastrop State Park

What:  Camping at Bastrop SP
Where:  100 Park Road 1A, Bastrop, TX 78602
When: 10/27-10/30/2017
Who:  TOWN members and guests

Hi All!

I wanted to camp at Bastrop SP prior to the 20th Reunion celebration in order to be near all the fun on that Sunday at McKinney Roughs.
I plan to arrive Friday afternoon and head home Monday am. I would love for you to join me!

Activities planned will be on the light side so that we’re ready for a full day of fun on Sunday 10/29 but might include some kayaking and definitely some eating!
Details will follow depending on the interest level.
I have reserved in the Piney Hill area because of more availability.

Hope to see some TOWN campers there!

TOWN-Austin 20th Year Reunion
Oct 29 all-day

Hey TOWNies!

2017 marks twenty years since TOWN-Austin was formed.

The current TOWN-Austin Board is organizing a 20th year reunion to celebrate.  Please put October 29th on your calendar and plan to join us.

We have reserved the dining hall at the LCRA’s McKinney Roughs Nature Park.  We will have the hall officially from 8 am to 5 pm.  A catered lunch and park entry fees will be covered.   There will be hiking, lots of visiting, and photos to share.

We will provide lunch times, etc. at a later date.

At some point, likely mid-August, we will be asking for official RSVPs as we must provide the caterer and LCRA staff with definite numbers.

We really, really want you to join us!

And we want to celebrate the women who started TOWN-Austin and have kept it going for 20 years!



McKinney Roughs Hike – at the Celebrate TOWN Outing
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

McKinney Roughs Hike – at the Celebrate TOWN Outing

 Sunday, October 29th


Outing leader: Carol Castlebury

When: Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 1:00ish

Where: McKinney Roughs Nature Park in dining hall

This hike is in conjunction with the TOWN 20 year celebration.

Hike route: Pine Ridge Loop

Cost: Free – the usual $5 fee is included in the hall rental.

Description: This hike explores the McKinney Roughs from high to low and back again.  It starts along a high plateau to circle around and down to the Colorado River, gaining far-reaching views from the plateau rim.  It then cruises beside the wide water course to return via a trail that offers more views.  Old homesites and ranch relics can be seen along the way.

Who: members only & leashed dogs

Length: approx. 4.1 miles, 2.5-3.5 hours depending upon the group pace

Difficulty: moderate: rocks and roots, inclines and declines, some sun and some shade

Please RSVP to MeetUp or ccastlebur@aol.com 

Note – Bring for hike: water, sun protection and anything that will make you comfortable. 

No Hike in Barton Creek this Sunday
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm

There will not be a hike in Barton Creek this morning due to the TOWN-Austin 20th Reunion.

Goliad Flotilla & Camping at Goliad State Park
Nov 1 – Nov 5 all-day

Goliad Flotilla & Camping

Goliad State Park

November 1st – 5th  (Wed – Sun)

Outing Leader/RSVP:  AdelaR

What:  Goliad Flotilla & Camping trip

When:  Wed., Nov. 1st – Sun. Nov. 5th

Where:  Goliad State Park, Goliad, TX

Who:  Townie, Guests & pets welcome

Notes from Adela:

I just talked to them and they said we can plan on this.  If you think you want to go reserve your site soon; it gets full fast.


Hi Townies !

Goliad flotilla Nov 4, 2017 and camping

I am so glad you are coming this is one of my favorite outings!

  • Wednesday  I will be arriving after 4 p. m.
  • Thursday whatever
  • Friday  Potluck Friday at 6 p.m.  Games and/or campfire.
  • Saturday We will plan getting in the water about 10 a. m.
  • Activities will be plan for when we get there. We can hike , go see the sites, play games
  • We will probably be in the water 2.5 to 4 hours depending on the flow of the river.
  • Lunch
  • Sat night Leftovers or ???
  • As of today there are 14 campsites in the Karankawa campground


  • your silverware, plate and drinks.
  • Wood if you have some for the fire.
  • Sunscreen, bug spray, kayak , PFD, paddle, hat, sunglasses, water, snacks
  • Sunday I will be leaving Goliad around noon.



BOW Weekend in Brownwood, TX
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – Nov 5 @ 12:00 pm

BOW Weekend in Brownwood, TX.  November 3 – 5, 2017.

More details as available.


Sycamore Creek Concerts – 2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners

Contact GailP-C for more details.

Sycamore Creek House Concerts
Dripping Springs, Texas

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

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