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Day Trippin': Inks Lake, Pie & Longhorn Caverns!

UPDATED 2/15...Small change in plans since I found out that Bluebonnet Cafe closes early on Sundays... :( Will have to save that for another trip. But we can still have some pie :) It'll be for lunch instead of dinner.

CALLING ALL ADVENTURERS...

Beautiful weather is upon us, so let's get out and enjoy nature this holiday weekend (for some of us lucky to get tomorrow off)! Just over an hour NW of Austin is Inks Lake State Park. Yes, there will be water since it stays at a constant level. Plan for a nice hike along part of the lake, <4 miles. The trail has some inclines and rocky terrain. Please wear comfortable and appropriate footwear. I don't expect we will get wet. Next, satisfy your appetite with a savory, home-style lunch at Hoover's Valley Cafe. I was told they do have pie :) After a full belly, we will head out to the Longhorn Caverns for the 3p walking tour which lasts about 1.5 hours. It's an easy walk. We will be making a number of stops as the guide provides narration.

Map: http://bit.ly/YrUja3

MEET AT PARKING LOT DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF WHERE LAKELINE MALL DR ENDS AND MEETS THE ROAD AROUND THE MALL (NEAR MACY'S). CALL[masked]-NERD TO FIND ME. OTHERWISE MEET AT THE INKS LAKE PARK HQ. TRAIL HEAD IS FROM THE PARKING LOT STRAIGHT AHEAD FROM HQ.

Itinerary & Websites:


1) Hike Inks Lake (~10a): http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/inks-lake

2) Lunch @ Hoover's Valley Cafe (~12:30p): http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g55559-d511551-Reviews-Hoover_s_Valley_Country_Cafe-Burnet_Texas.html

3) Walking tour at Longhorn Cavern @ 3p: http://www.longhorncaverns.com/

Costs: $6 for park entrance (unless you have a state park pass); $13 for Caverns (may be cheaper depending on group size); a few dollars for gas to the carpool driver; meal at Hoover's Valley Cafe

Logistics: main carpool from Lakeline Mall (Macy's parking lot); others can coordinate carpool from S.Austin to meet at the mall with the rest of the group; others can plan to meet us at the park at 10am.

Preparation: wear comfortable footwear (hiking boots preferred); lather on some sunscreen; hat; plenty of water; light jacket as it's a bit cool in the caves (~68 degrees)

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  • Ann

    Here at Inks HQ

    February 17, 2013

  • Ann

    In Black sadan

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Changing my RSVP. Sorry to miss it!

    February 17, 2013

  • Daniela Ruiz T.

    Hi! I will be meeting you all at the park. Will bring my bf with and our dog. I won't be making the caverns so i am sure someone who is in the waiting list might be able to

    February 16, 2013

  • Candace

    turns out I can't go now have to be at work by 1

    February 16, 2013

  • Majdi

    So sorry.. I can't make it. Have fun.

    February 16, 2013

  • Candace

    Is there any possibility that those waitlisted can get still go or is the amount of people set in stone?

    February 15, 2013

    • Candace

      okay thanks

      February 15, 2013

    • Justin P.

      FYI A few months ago I organized a caverns only / coopers bbq outing on awesome austin. If the 3:00 sells out, they'll open up an extra tour at 3:15. You can buy tickets online ahead of time if you want to guarantee a spot ($2 convenience fee). We ended up splitting up the meetup group into two groups for the tour, and it wasn't a hassle and turned out fine.

      February 16, 2013

  • O-C

    Will be out of town this weekend and I am really bummed that I'm going to miss it. Have fun!

    February 15, 2013

  • Majdi

    Ok.. I am riding my motorcycle bcs. This is my favorite routes. I will be at the meeting point.. If any interested to ride in the back seet let me know I have a helmet for him... See you there.

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so excited! Please let me know if I am accepted! I am very interested in coming!

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we carrying the potluck lunch with us on the trail, or can we leave it in the car?

    January 27, 2013

    • Ann

      TBD :)

      January 27, 2013

    • Ann

      no potluck afterall. next time

      February 15, 2013

  • Pete

    Sorry I can't make it, something came up. But now someone else gets to go!

    February 15, 2013

  • Joaquin

    damn, can't make it after all - hope ya'll enjoy!

    February 15, 2013

  • Jason

    So if the location changed dies that mean no caverns?

    February 12, 2013

    • Ann

      Sorry accidentally deleted the location. Still meeting at Lakeline Mall.

      February 12, 2013

  • Paul

    I really want to do this but I have some unexpected company coming into town at the last minute. Great meet up idea!

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so excited! Please let me know if I am accepted! I am very interested in coming!

    January 29, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Great idea. Can't wait!

    January 27, 2013

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