Sunday, February 15, 2009

Milton Reimers Ranch Park

Yesterday, we visited Travis County's newest park, Milton Reimers Ranch. "This pristine parkland, open space and reserve land in western Travis County with almost 3 miles of continuous frontage along the Pedernales River is the largest parkland acquisition in the history of Travis County. The Reimers Ranch parcel is already well known and well loved by many potential park users. The sizeable Central Texas rock-climbing community views Reimers Ranch as a destination with world class rock climbing. The active local mountain biking community likewise enjoys Reimers Ranch’s over 18 miles of trails through the classic Central Texas landscape. Local anglers have come to Reimers’ for generations to fish for white bass in the Pedernales River. The Pogue Springs Preserve/Hogge Reserve component of the land acquisition is less known but equally spectacular with Pedernales River frontage, deep canyons and panoramic views of the Texas Hill Country. The land acquisition includes 2,427 acres of parks and open space."

For more photos and park highlights vis-a-vis hiking, visit the Milton Reimers Ranch page on Austin Explorer. I know we plan to do some more exploring!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Fallow

Earth - Area of extreme drought.

Sky - Red flag warning.

The daily range between high and low temperatures in January 2009 was more extreme than usual...from very dry weather patterns over the region...and the quick change of temperature associated with fast moving cold fronts. The average daily high of 67.1 at Austin Bergstrom in January 2009 was the 8th warmest average January high of record. The January 2009 average minimum temperature of 34.1 degrees was the 4th coldest average low for January at Austin Bergstrom. January 2009 rainfall of 0.40 inches made January of 2009 tie with January of 1950 for the 5th driest January at Austin Bergstrom.