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Morning Hike at Bright Leaf Preserve, with lunch at Tarrytown Austin Java after

We did this for the first time a year ago, so it's time for another hike! Bright Leaf Preserve is a beautiful privately-held park, over 200 acres, near Mt. Bonnell on the west side. It's only open to guided hikes, and one of the VNA directors, Nancy Woolley, has arranged to host one for us. There is no charge, but the hike is limited to 20 people.

Bright Leaf Preserve is a great place to see the geology that makes our area on the edge of the Hill Country so interesting. It's also full of beautiful plants, flowers and wildlife, including some rare species, and is almost always great for birdwatching.

The hike is about four miles in a loop, and should last about two-and-a-half hours. After the hike, we'll all head over to Austin Java in Tarrytown for lunch. That one's set up as as separate meetup, which you can find here:

Please keep these important points in mind:

-Even though we've scheduled it early, it will get hot, so please dress accordingly and wear GOOD shoes, and even more importantly, BRING WATER.

-No dogs are allowed, and no biking.

-Make sure you don't leave anything behind; we want the park as clean when we're done as it was when we arrived.

-PLEASE arrive on time! After the party leaves on the hike, you will not be able to "catch up" to join them, as no one is allowed on the trail without the guide. Similarly, you must plan to stay for the whole hike, as you cannot leave the hike early and go ahead of the guide.

-One more time... BRING WATER.

More information and photos at

Directions From Mopac: Go west on 2222 and go past the light at Mesa. The next street is Creek Mountain Road (before you get to Mt. Bonnell Rd.). Take a left on to Creek Mountain Rd. and go straight until the road curves to the right. Follow the road and on the left will be a green gate to the parking lot.

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  • Kate S.

    lunch was good. The company was excellent. It was almost an entirely different group than the hike. That was actually nice.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Screwed up and left my boots in the garage...didn't realize it until I was almost there. Feel really sorry!!!

    June 23, 2013

  • LT

    Sorry that I can't make it. The Keep Austin Weird 5k took a lot out of me.

    June 23, 2013

  • Austin Vegetarian L.

    Allergies trying to kick our butt, but (ha!) we're still up for lunch.

    June 22, 2013

  • LT

    Just going to be me now.

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • LT

    Love it. Can't wait to meet everyone! Might bring a friend but need to confirm with them.

    June 17, 2013

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