Stephen F. Austin State Park
Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith
I recently turned five years old. Seems just like yesterday I was chewing on my mom’s sandals! I am now a big boy who loves great adventures! For my special day, my family took me to the Stephen F. Austin State Park. Apparently, Mr. Austin is considered the Father of Texas because he brought 300 families to the state to establish a colony. No offense, Mr. Austin, but you ain’t my daddy!
Where was I? Oh yes, the park is only thirty minutes outside of the city of Houston. Since we live south, we drove about 1 ½ hours. We used our park pass (otherwise each human must pay $6 to get in) and parked at the overnight group hall area. Dogs are welcome but must be on leash. Out of the total six miles of hiking and biking trails, we did about 3 ½. We started on the Ironwood trail and connected to several others, making a large loop, ending up on the Barred Owl Trail. The park is well designed with lots of little loops that connect, so you can go as far as you like or keep it short. This was my birthday bash, so we went hiking!
The weather was perfect with cool temps only in the 70s and cloud cover. We about had the entire park to ourselves because it rained earlier in the day. We weren’t afraid of a little mud, no sir! The animals were out and about, and I was quite startled by what my humans called an armadillo. Strangest looking creature, but he moved like lightening when I tried to catch him! We saw several more along with rabbits, squirrels, and birds.
Part of the trail follows the Brazos River. Many runners off the trail give you great views of the river and picture opportunities. I had to be sure to get blog photos you know! Everything was especially green from the rain. I caution you to be careful after a rain storm. Several branches came crashing down around us. Yikes! One of those could kill ya! Off the Barred Owl trail is an overlook with benches. This is where we had our most delicious lunch: hot dogs! I wasn’t too hot, but those things were tasty! Yum. My mom is the best!
After our lunch, we followed the trail back around. You have options to walk through the campgrounds or go a little further and stay on the trail. We kept hiking, but we noticed some nice camp sites for future use. They have tent ones separate from those with generators, so the tent area is peaceful. A few people were camping, and a bunch of humans were at the group hall. All in all, a fabulous day! I ran, peed, sniffed, chased creatures, ran some more, ate, and then rested on the drive home. A most happy birthday indeed! Don’t wait for a special occasion, though. Get to Stephen F. Austin State Park and enjoy the cooler weather.
Kumaito (Kuma for short) is a multi-tan Shiba Inu, an ancient breed from Japan, who moved from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to Friendswood, Texas. He enjoys running almost every day with his mom, chasing squirrels out of his yard, playing with toys, pestering his brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, Kuma loves about everything and everyone! His mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, was kind enough to help him tell his story. She is the author of seven published books, writes for magazines on assignment, has been seen on national television, and inspires people to live healthy, balanced lives through personal training, life coaching, and workshops. You can reach Kuma through Lorraine’s website: www.thetotalyou.biz. Be sure to visit Kuma Dog’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Kumathedog?ref=hl
You never know what he’ll be up to next!