Natural Bridge Caverns

Over the Easter weekend (I know… this post is LONG overdue…), Brian and I went to San Antonio to visit his family. Together, we took a day trip out to Natural Bridge Caverns. The area gets its name from the bridge that exits in nature.

I’ve never been to any sort of cavern before, so I was very impressed. The cave trail is .75 miles of underground beauty. Being the weekend, it was very crowded. We were basically shoulder to shoulder with people walking through the tunnels (which made me stopping to take photos every 2 feet very awkward…). I’m definitely looking forward to going back on a weekday when we can really take out time meandering along.

My favorite room in the cave was the Emerald Lake. The water was so clear and the reflections were simply beautiful.

Because this was our first time, we opted for the basic Discovery Tour. Natural Bridge Caverns also offers a Hidden Passages Tour, and Adventure Tour, and an early morning/night time Lantern Tour, where you explore the dark caves by lantern light only. If underground isn’t your thing, there’s a large ropes course outside ending with a zip line.

Brian bought some souvenirs, along with a beautiful necklace for me!

Backyard Beauty

Played around with my Photojojo macro lens while checking on our raised garden bed.

Corpus Christi and Texas Backroads

A few weeks ago, Brian and I made a quick trip to Corups Christi for his friends graduation. We weren’t in Corpus long (most of our time was spent on a 700 acre ranch!) but I did manage to get a few shots of the coastline.

On our way back to Austin, we kept passing the most beautiful wild flowers. Finally, I made Brian pull over so I could take some photos.

The drive to Corpus is pretty boring… so I decided to bust on Hipstamatic. It has been SO long since I’ve used that app, but I had a lot of fun with it.

TBT: Aerial Photography

Last year around this time, I was traveling quite a bit between Los Angeles and Austin. My family made several trips exploring Austin, trying to figure out if this was the city for us. Eventually, we made a few house hunting trips. Finally, once we had officially moved, we flew back to Los Angeles on last time for my cousin’s wedding.

I get very nervous when I fly. It’s not a fear of crashing, but more of a claustrophobia driven anxiety. I mean, what happens if I have to get off the plane? I don’t know why I would need to, but the fact that I CANT get off and I’m TRAPPED up there is enough to send me off the deep end.

Luckily, I’ve found that taking photos out the window calms me. It focuses my mind on something other than my discomfort.

Lake Austin, Skinny Limits, and Ladybugs

A few weeks ago, Brian, my family and I went to walk around Lady Bird Lake. I know it’s always packed with people, making it difficult to attain that “I’m being peaceful in nature” feeling, but I just love it. I don’t mind the crowds at all. And I never as up a chance to get photos of the lake and the downtown skyline!

After walking a good 4 mile loop, we went to The Picnic food trailer park to get some snacks. I got a cocoa/espresso smoothie from Skinny Limits. It was certainly tasty, but the price will unfortunately keep me from visiting their truck in the future.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAs we were leaving, a little ladybug found me. Hello spring!

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Bees and Bugs

Spring has sprung in Texas! While in the backyard, working on a raised garden bed (blog to come soon) I took some photos of bees and other insects. As usual, I used my Photojojo macro iPhone attachment lens.

I mainly focused on the bees, but I did find this pretty snail shell and a scary looking spider.

Brushy Creek

It was a little wet, but Brian and I decided to explore Brushy Creek anyway. It’s a beautiful park and lake with 6.75 miles of trails (view the trail map here) in the middle of Cedar Park. It was wonderful to discover a small piece of nature so close to Brian’s house.

We started at the main fishing dock of Brushy Creek Lake.

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After admiring the lake, we continued through the fields and long the trail. The recent rain made the green grass almost florescent! It was beautiful.

Finally, we stumbled upon an old wooden bridge. I was so happy to see something so charming was still in use.

Have you been to Brushy Creek? What’s your favorite part of the trail?