Ursula Goes to Bastrop State Park

This is going to be a long post. I can tell. 
I haven't been to Bastrop State Park in well over 8 years. It was the first state park I have ever been to. It's what started this whole mess. It was literally the most beautiful place I had been to (at the time). Bastrop is also known as "Lost Pines" since the trees are very different from other trees in the region:

"The Lost Pines Forest is a 13-mile (21 km) belt of loblolly pines (Pinus taeda) in the U.S. state of Texas, near the town of Bastrop. The stand of pines is unique in Texas because it is a disjunct population of trees that is more than 100 miles separated from, and yet closely genetically related to, the vast expanse of pine trees of the Piney Woods region that covers parts of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma." [source]

I had joined the "Adventure Club" in high school and they took us to these parks. It was the only way I could go see something like this because I was too poor to go on my own. Anyway, Bastrop was a milestone for me.
I had heard that the place was hit by wildfires in 2011 and was very upset. The place holds a very special place in my soul and the damage was very apparent. It was really heartbreaking. Most of the park was burned (except for the camping areas). I had been wanting to post about Bastrop since I started this blog, but I wanted to share it with you, the way I remembered it.

  

It was my first time seeing the results of a forest fire. It's really devastating and sad to see, but it's also very inspiring. There is green coming out from the ground. Trees growing one or two new branches. There is new life among all the broken trees. A few weeks ago I was really down in the dumps. like REALLY. (Probably why my blogging has become sparse.) I've recently been feeling a glimmer of hope. Going to this park and seeing life trying to come back made me feel like even when things seem at their worst, things will always get better. They will not immediately go back to what they were. That will  take time, but eventually with a lot of growing, things will be perhaps even better than before. 

Ursula Goes to the Medina River Natural Area (Yes, Again, But I Love It There)

This place is sooooooooooo close to where I live. I will probably be going here much more often now that it's getting "cooler." This time that I went there was a LOT of wildlife everywhere. I saw two snakes, big lizards, little lizards, huge spiders, etc. It was nuts. The snakes are terrifying. Well, as long as you keep a reasonable distance they are harmless, of course, but they are big and according the the "park people" they are poisonous. I was very nervous about venturing further after seeing a snake THE MOMENT I WALKED INTO THE PARK, but I kept going. I took a photo of it, but its too crappy of a photo to share as I am trying to stay miles away from the snake. However, here are photos from my little visit. 
SO MANY CRITTERS. Baby, tiny lizards were all over the place. It was insane. I would constantly hear things moving around in the grass around the trail as I walked. I kept my eyes open. The activity usually isn't so apparent when I visit, but today it was very active. I wonder whats going on... 

Ursula Goes to San Marcos on A Whim

Yesterday, my boyfriend and I were struck with boredom (along with a strict budget) and decided to head about 50 miles north of where we live to San Marcos, TX. They are a very recreation friendly town. There is so much to do if you love the outdoors. We went to Purgatory Creek Natural Area for the first time. If you have never been here before, its a little unsettling. Many trails are made by people and are unmarked. You can be going on a marked trail and suddenly it splits to three different other ones (that look like legitimate trails) and you are just left standing there like, "????????" It was a bit confusing. I had one person ask me, "Do ya'll know where you're going?" I just smiled and said I'm following the map I had saved on my phone. In a nutshell, the trails weren't marked and some led to nowhere and Coco was pissed and Ned (our other dog) was tired and wanted to sit in the shade. UGH. 
If the trails were marked properly, this would've been a GREAT park. It's really pretty and wooded. After being outside for longer than I expected, we went to the San Marcos River to MY FAVORITE swimming hole. The water is always super cold and it feels amazing after being in the heat for so long! I had gone with my best friend recently, but it was soo full of people on summer vacation. Now that school was back in session, there were less people and it was really nice. 
 
Coco swam a little bit. Ned HATED the water. Which is strange because he loved the water at the Guadalupe River when we went a month ago. I think the water was too chaotic and cold for him. The water at the Guadalupe is warmer and calmer. I think it was too much for him. Either way, it was a really fun day trip and it feels like the weather is finally dropping to the mid-nineties! YES! Finally!

Instagram: August Recap

I haven't blogged in a few days. I have been too busy dealing with "real life" to post, but I decided to do this little August recap of my favorite photos this month that I posted on Instagram. 
This month was very interesting to me. It's probably not one I will ever forget. 
Adjusting to unemployed life has been very difficult for me. I am not used to having so much free time. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. I should be grateful for all that free time. Well, no. I am someone who likes to stay busy no matter what, and to be honest there's only so many things you can do in a day, a week, a month. Needless to day, I am bored a lot of the time. However, this transition period has taught me a lot and I have learned that I have good friends and family who are gonna be there for me no matter what and for that, I am extremely thankful. 
Anyway, Instagram recap! I have never done one before! Starting from the top left and working my way to the right:
1// We had to get the inspection sticker this month for the car and waited until that last minute to do it because that's how we roll.
2// We went to see Guardians of the Galaxy and IT WAS SO GOOD OMGGGG
3// I started sewing pouches again! 
4// Coco being super adorable. I have to add a photo of my little angry potato!
5// I made myself some Caldo de Pollo the way my mother used to make. 
6// On one of my walks I noticed all the litter at the park and I got so upset I picked up a plastic bag I found and picked up over 20 water bottles .WAY TO GO GUYS.
7//The train runs through the same park at the end of the trail. 
8//We went to the McNay Art Museum!
9//MARGARITAS POR VIDA.

Hopefully, I should be back on my regular blogging schedule. Last week was pretty hectic for me. I look forward to September! Hopefully, the weather starts to cool off.