Barton Creek Update

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Barton Creek Greenbelt

It’s been over a week since I’ve been down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and much longer since I posted any new pictures. Last trip down I had a bad fall which resulted in some pretty impressive bruises, (sorry no pictures).

I was riding from sculpture falls downstream on the southern bank when my chain ring got hung on a root at the spot where my bike is in the picture to the right. This is a pretty narrow section of the trail and as I fell toward the creek there was nowhere to put my foot and so I fell about 8 feet down the embankment into the pile of rocks at the bottom of the picture. Ouch! I’ll probably be a little spooked at this spot for a while.

Texas Mountain Laurel in the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Texas Mountain Laurel in the Barton Creek Greenbelt

I’ve been noticing the Texas Mountain Laurel blooming around the city so I headed for a wild patch to see if it’s on the same schedule. Sure enough it is. If you’re in the greenbelt and you smell something sweet that I’ve heard described as ‘grape jelly’ it’s probably mountain laurel. Here are some pics.

Finally, even though we haven’t have any rain for a while some of you may be surprised to know that there is still water in the creek. You’ll start to see it just upstream from sculpture falls and there is running water at the dams near the based of the Hill of Life.

Lets hope we get some rain soon and get the swimming holes full again.

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