Mayfield Park and Preserve is a gorgeous park, that is home to beautiful, lush landscaping, ponds and peacocks. It is especially fun to visit during peacock mating season! So, we always start our trip there and explore a bit. Then, we hop on the hiking trail and explore! We met friends there, which always makes the experience more fun.
There is so much there to explore and climb. The rocks are huge and they make an excellent "playscape" for the kiddos (and adults who love to climb).
|Do you spy Luke?|
We all climbed to the top only to realize that it was a road and a bridge. And most definitely not a shortcut. According to Google maps, we would have been walking for a very long time had we taken that road back to our vehicles. So, we turned back around and climbed down from the very steep, but gorgeous, moss-filled stream area. And, Luke was not allowed to lead the way anymore. Ha!
|As usual, the boys found their way into the water and began building a tower out of rocks.|
|Abbey and her friend, Matthew|
|Matthew and Abbey loved the feeling of the soft sand that remained after the water was lowered. They pretended they were at a beach and made some sand castles.|
|There were shells EVERYWHERE!|
|It truly was an awesome experience.|
|There was so much to see and explore. We spent a ton of time exploring the lake bed.|
|We collected whole clam shells.|
I even came away with a really unique piece of driftwood that I plan on using as decoration on Luke's room.
|Then we decided it was time to explore the rest of the park.|
It wasn't long though before we found ourselves back on the bottom of the lake. :-) It was just so cool and we couldn't get enough of it.
|There were so many shells to choose from!|
We could have stayed there all night. But, since it was 4:15pm, we thought it may be wise to head home, otherwise we could be caught in the Austin traffic for a while. But, before we left, we went inside the gorgeous home on the property for a trip to the restroom and some cold water. It was over 80 degrees today and we did a lot of exploring. So, we drank all of the water we brought!
|I love this room in the home. It is so dreamy! Here, Abbey was taking a little rest, while waiting on Luke, before we headed home.|
I read an article today from U.S. News and World Report that Austin was named the #1 place to live in the U.S. I totally get why. It is amazing! We get to be outside year-round here. Not only that, but there are so many beautiful places to explore. Often when we go hiking within our city, we totally feel like we are in a far-away land. I am so thankful that God planted me here back in 2005. I have lived here for almost 12 years and I still find so many new places to explore. In fact, while the kids were at their one day homeschool enrichment academy yesterday, I explored another gorgeous place: Riverplace. I last went there when I first moved here, so it was like a completely new place for me. I can't wait to visit again with Drew and the kids. Exploring we will go! Always!