Over 4th of July weekend we decided to get out of the city for a while and check out a couple of state parks we’d never visited before. Inks Lake and Longhorn Cavern State Parks are located only a few miles apart in the hill country west of Austin.
We took the last available campsite, which turned out to be a very lucky break. It was shady, large, and right on the water.
We had some visitors while we were out touring the cave: a pair of wrens attempted to build a nest in a pair of Caiti’s shorts that were drying on the clothesline!
We could launch our kayak from the campsite.
Longhorn Cavern State Park is a fantastic example of Civilian Conservation Corps architecture.
The cavern was once used as a fallout shelter. The barrels are still used as trashcans. We weren't all that impressed with the cave itself, but a few hours out of the July heat was enough to keep us happy.
The yucca outside the cavern were fruiting. Do these fruits have any practical use?
We saw a very large lizard at the campsite.