Like many folks living near a major city (Houston is the fourth largest in the country), I long to get away from the crowds, drive through the open country and find some peace and quiet on the weekends.
Two of my favorite spots on the way to the Hill Country are Buescher and Bastrop State Parks near Smithville, Texas. These two beautiful parks are connected by a 12 miles stretch of road (Park Road 1c) which winds through the hilly, back-woods of the area’s “Lost Pines” forest. It’s about the best drive down a country road I’ve ever taken and even after hundreds of visits, the lure of those S-curves and rolling hills keeps me coming back for more.
At the end of beautiful summer evening it’s also great to stop at Lake Buescher to catch some of the sun’s last rays hitting the trees and reflecting off the perfectly calm waters. It’s also fun to setup my tripod and camera and have the local fishermen ask me what I’m trying to catch. I always tell them “I’m just fishing for the light”.
View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Buescher Lake – Smithville, Texas