The Texas Trailhead Podcast

Episode 1: Starting out on another adventure

Welcome to The Texas Trailhead podcast!  In this first episode I’d like to introduce myself and let you know my mission statement: Share the love of the outdoors, and chat with others who found something special in nature.  By sharing these stories I hope to get others outside.  I want to know the same thing from everyone.  Why did you start spending time outside? What is your favorite outdoor memory? I’ll also be sharing my favorite hikes, camp outs, and the gear I’m using.  So get on your hiking shoes, put on your backpack, and let’s go out on an adventure together.  This is The Texas Trailhead.  This is also number one and I know sound quality is beyond important. If anyone shows any interest, haha, I’ll be getting a new microphone pronto. Sorry the sound is all over the place!

Episode 2: Pedernales Falls State Park

In this episode I talk about Pedernales Falls state park and discuss the importance of taking more water than you need and plenty of snacks. I unfortunately learned the hard way. I’ll also talk about my favorite hiking trails here and where you can camp. 

For my travel pictures check me out on Instagram here @danolaurel 

Episode 3: Buescher State Park and New Year’s Resolutions

It’s 2020! I want to know what your resolutions are for the new year. I want to head out to more national parks including going back to Guadalupe Mtns, and Big Bend! I’ll also talk about Buescher State Park and what you can expect on the trails, or campsites. You can find me here on Facebook Check out my photos/videos from the trail on Instagram

Episode 4: Trail Runners vs Hiking shoes and Lake Mineral Wells State Park visit recap

In this episode I’ll be talking about why I prefer to wear trail runner hiking shoes instead of traditional hiking boots. I’ll give some feedback about the benefits including comfort, waterproofing, etc.  I’ll also talk about my impromptu visit to Lake Mineral Wells State Park after reaching out to my favorite Daytripper, Chet Garner

Episode 5: The 10 essentials & Lockhart State Park

Hey y’all! On this episode I’ll go over the Top 10 Essentials.  Things you should consider taking with you on anything from day hikes, to overnight and thru-hikes.  These are basic gear items that you can adapt to based on the length of your trip. In the second segment, I’m talking to you about my most recent visit to Lockhart State Park.

 Episode 6: Bastrop State Park

I’ve been to Bastrop State park multiple times now since the fire I have driven by it for almost a decade driving back to Houston, but nothing prepares you for seeing the devastation up close. Bastrop is a place that I love to visit and hike. I send people there frequently for the trails, the views, and the history. This is after all another of the CCC parks. So there are some key points of interest that I want to focus on The historic water fountains. Fehrs Overlook And the other scenic overlook that is across from the water tower. So definitely come hike here. I think you’ll enjoy the terrain changes and find some great challenges on the trails here. I still see new things everytime I hike here. And one quick note to add. The park map designates the trails as colors, the trail map designates them with the names I provided. I recommend just grabbing both maps and using them as a guide, as some posts show either. And if you’re there just for the day its helpful to know, well it was for me anyway, but each parking spot along the main road is also a trailhead. So if youre planning a loop, you can just see where you want to get your car.

Episode 7: LCRA Park Lake Bastrop South Shore and First Aid Kit Essentials

LCRA Park Lake Bastrop South Shore and First Aid Kit Essentials. The Lower Colorado River Authority is first and foremost an electric company, but did you know they also operate a pretty rad park system?On this episode I’ll talk about my recent visit to Lake Bastrop South Shore and give you some information about what you can expect out on the trails, and the other amenities available here. They have so many fun things to offer including a mini-golf course!In the second segment I’ll give a quick recap on what you should be carrying in your first aid kits whether you’re hiking 3 miles or 20. 

Episode 8: McKinney Falls State Park and My Astral Trail Runner Review

In this episode I’m going to talk about McKinney Falls state park located in Austin, TX. McKinney Falls is probably one of my favorite state parks, but mostly because it’s the closest to me.  This place has some amazing history here including a stop on the El Camino Real, remnants of the McKinney family, and the Smith family who are responsible for donating this land.  I’m also going to give a quick recap on my current trail runners, the Astral mesh 1 shoe. Let you know what to expect with this particular style, what its best purposes are and how they’re holding up a few months in.  Find the Astral Shoes here.  

Episode 9: Longhorn Cavern and Inks Lake State Parks

In this episode I’ll go over my recent visits to Longhorn Cavern and Inks Lake State Parks.  Because they’re so close together my family and I figured it’d be a great way to knock out multiple state parks. And while they may be close to each other in distance, what they offer is unique to its own location.  

Episode 10: Rainy Day Off & Trekking Pole Tutorial

It’s a rainy and dreary day.  I didn’t get to hike and instead decided to ramble about what I do to get my nature fix when I can’t go hike.  It’s not easy to fulfill that need to stay busy when I can’t hike, and staying home all day hasn’t always been a good idea for me. What are some things you enjoy that fill that outdoor void? Is it books, or pictures, or watching other hikers on YouTube? In the second segment I’ll talk about everything you should know about trekking poles.  How to use them, which brands are best, and more.