in general we are solitary people, prefering to enjoy travels and trips by our lonesome. we've learned that friendships can be messy and frustrating and over time have found it much less stressful to only count on each other. but every once in a while someone comes into your life that you just feel at ease with, from day one ryan (brotherstories.com) has been that person to us. a man genuinely interested in the best for those around him, he has a keen sense of adventure, and a way with words i can only someday hope to attain. this past saturday we spent some time exploring the banks of the colorado river directly south of lake travis. climbing trees, feeding birds and drinking brews, i couldn't ask for a better day. and therein lies the beauty of his friendship; it can be light or it can be heavy, but it is always meaningful.
we had high hopes of camping at padre island national seashore this weekend, at seventy miles it is known for being the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world. unfortunately as soon as we drove up to the beach we were greeted with deep soft sand, something we couldn't tackle with our small car. so we turned around and headed to the always reliable mustang island, but we shall return someday when we have a four wheel drive vehicle.
after cruisin' the packed beach for a suitable spot we set up camp and cooled off by jumping right into the waves; well as much as you can cool off in the waters of the gulf coast in the middle of summer.
the night was spent swimming under the star filled sky and around the camp fire where hot dogs, s'mores and stories were shared.
although most of texas has been in a severe drought for the past few years there are still plenty of places to stay cool. we had some friends from philadelphia in town for the fourth of july and took full advantage of the beautiful weather by hitting all the swimming holes in the austin area. below are some photos from jacobs well in wimberley, pedernales falls state park and lake travis.