Tuesday, April 20, 2010

God's Country...

It's no secret I'm a proud Texas girl. I love to travel and I've been to other gorgeous states. I have no trouble giving credit where credit is due. Tennessee is fabulous, New York has a piece of my heart (not in beauty but in fun), Colorado snow is gorgeous but I can only stand about 5 days of it and I need to thaw out, I drove from Tulsa to Arkansas this weekend and it was a pretty drive...but Texas has the key to my heart. When our plane landed in Austin and I saw those bluebonnets lining the runway I knew I was home...

And I was "home" but I wasn't at my home yet...I had an event at the Hyatt Lost Pines outside of Bastrop, TX for the last few days. It's a gorgeous property about 20 miles outside of Austin, and I was really glad to get to share a bit of it with Dave. My event started at 7am Monday morning, so I knew I would be staying out there Sunday night since it's a good hour from my house. I had made the executive decision before our trip to Arkansas that I would go straight from the airport to Lost Pines. It made for lots of packing and borderline overweight bags, but thank goodness for rollers. Who first decided to put rollers on luggage by the way? You're a genius and I'd like to shake your hand.

I digress...so we made it out to the Hyatt around 3pm and changed clothes and set out to enjoy a bit of the outdoors. That's the beauty of this property. Set out in the middle of nowhere, there are 18 miles of hiking trails surrounding the property, a beautiful golf course, the Colorado River runs right through it, there is horseback riding, canoeing, skeet shooting, a lazy river...you name it, they have it. And when you've had a good BBQ dinner you can sit out by one of their fire pits and make yourself a s'more....

I'm thinking about moving in! :) If anyone wants a get-away, come to Texas! And give me a call...I'll meet you for a s'more!

This picture and the one below were taken from the window in our room. We were both surprised the windows opened! I love open air and although I spent hardly any time in my room (why would you out there??) it was still nice!

Dave waxed me in a game of H-O-R-S-E (I let him win. It's good to stroke his ego every once in a while. Keeps the marriage healthy)

Then we channelled Napoleon Dynamite and the 5th grade and played a couple of rounds of tetherball

Believe it or not we did see a few people in the water. I realize it's Texas, but even in April the water's still a little cool...

We went on a "hike"/walk and enjoyed the Colorado, the golf course, great views and a few VERY steep hills....I guess you have to suffer the hills to get to the top. And it's always worth it!


After our walk we sat outside in some of the rocking chairs and Dave read the paper. I took a few pictures and just relaxed.

How cute is this little store they have in the hotel lobby? It's a candy store/soda shop.

After dinner it was time for a s'more! They give you a "s'more kit" at the front desk and you can sit around the giant fire pits all night if you'd like. It is so much fun!

Dave, roasting our mallows...

I've never met a s'more I didn't like!

"There wouldn't be no Alamo, no Cowboys in the Super Bowl, no "Lonesome Dove", no "Yellow Rose" If it wasn't for Texas. I wouldn't be a Willie fan, nobody would swim the Rio Grand, I wouldn't be an American, If it wasn't for Texas. Fort Worth would never cross my mind, there'd be no Austin city limit sign, no Lone Star of any kind, If it wasn't for Texas." ~George Strait, If It Wasn't For Texas

16 comments:

Virginia Belle said...

I've never been to Texas but have always wanted to visit. After this post and the pictures I think I'm ready to plan my first trip :) Looks like y'all had a great weekend. Super jealous of the s'mores, they look delicious!

Vanessa said...

I haven't visited TX yet but it is on my list! Everything looks gorgeous! Mmm s'mores are scrumptious!

kristin fulghum said...

oh how i heart texas...and smores!

Sara said...

What great photos! I haven't been to Texas in ages, but I just love it. (& I love s'mores, too. ;))

I left you an award on my blog yesterday! =)

Jennifer said...

I've never been to Bastrop (unless driving through it) so I may need to drag the boy out there one day soon. It looks beautiful!

Laura and Ryan said...

God's country...I have to agree! We just HAVE to end up back in Texas...

Sole Matters said...

WOW! and i thought GA was GREEN! so gorg!! I love that you channelled Napoleon Dynamite and the 5th grade and played a couple of rounds of tetherball! ha!!

Shelby Bukhenik said...

WOW that looks amazing!

I have never been to Texas, but just from meeting lots of new bloggy friends I can tell if you live there you LOVE it and have such great pride!

The Neffs said...

It is sweet to hear you talk about your love for Texas! I heart North Carolina just like you love Texas. I guess we all have a special place that is dear to our hearts.

Shannon said...

Beautiful pics, makes me want to go! Oh and save a s'more for me!

Stephanie said...

Ahhhh...I can't wait to be a Texan! 3 more months! And the Hyatt Lost Pines is gorgeous. Love it! We actually almost had our wedding there!

Kristen said...

That tetherball shot is the best thing that's happened to me in awhile...

Katie said...

heck yeah! god DID bless texas you know? with his own hands? please tell me you're singing alone.

and HOW is it that i've lived in the lone star state my WHOLE life and never heard about/seen this adorable place!?!?!? this may have to be added to our list of places to visit!!!

Southerland Living said...

Love it! :) My Hubs is from Beaumont and I have visited the Houston/Beaumont area and have been beggin him to take me to Austin.

annalee said...

oh how i heart texas, smores, and THE LOST PINES! we went there for our third anniversary. i'm thinking going back this summer for our sixth is a necessity.

Sarah Mina said...

I've heard lots of good things about the Hyatt Lost Pines, but still never been. I am also loving the bluebonnets popping up everywhere!