Looking for some clarity on Mount Bonnell

Last Thursday, I enlisted a few travel coworkers to come hike with me after work. Things have been a bit rough recently and when this happens, I find that retreating back to nature helps me the most.

Although “hike” would be a generous word for the path up to Mount Bonnell, the views at the top were worth it (worth what, the lack of hike? Everything’s worth the lack of physical activity). Honestly, we should’ve known it wasn’t going to be tiring when a group of businessmen still in their suits strolled up the gravel path.

Mount Bonnell Austin TX

Alongside the path were rocks large enough to host picnics on as well as secluded little groves where we’d accidentally stumble onto a intimate little rendezvous, oops. It is quite the romantic place to take a date though. We also couldn’t get enough of peeping down to the houses lining the river… what extravagant lives we’ll never lead! They varied from the typical pool-in-backyard to port-for-my-yacht. But who needs those when we have good company?

These girls have been all over the world! Anna was off teaching English in Thailand for the past year and made her way through Southeast Asia; Lauren studied abroad in Spain, wandered around Europe (and Morocco!) for a bit before coming back and joining Americorps NCCC.

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As we gorged ourselves on the setting sun, we sat on a few rocks and chatted about anything and everything. It’s times like these that remind me how little of that I get here… just peaceful chatter between friends. Recently, everything’s been so explosive and group-y that I haven’t had the time to just sit back and enjoy someone else’s company.

We swapped stories about our journeys abroad for a good hour or so; there’s nothing better than to connect with like-minded explorers that makes me feel like I’m on the road yet again. For some reason, I personally find it rarer to have deep discussions with people in your everyday life than with people that are just passing through. Maybe it’s the fact that we’d never see each other again afterwards or that the pace of my life is so starkly different when traveling than when not, but the fact that we had this little talk was something I didn’t know was missing until now.

As much as I wanted to stay up there and talk forever, it was getting dark and the mosquitos were coming out to play. So, we dusted ourselves off, brushed off the magical moment, and clambered back into Lauren’s car.

Mount Bonnell Austin TX view from top

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  • http://theladyerrant.com/ Elle

    Looks lovely! And sounds like you had interesting people to talk to. I definitely never have deep discussions about my travels with anyone I know back home. They’re usually just some combination of, “So how was X? Is it good to be home? Do they really do ____ over there?” But with other travelers, it’s so much easier to share stuff.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Mishfish13

      Haha I know! Some people are just looking for ways to confirm their stereotypes about a certain place. Once you give it to them, they stop listening! I’m sure if we ever got together, our conversations would be hella awesome.

      • http://theladyerrant.com/ Elle

        Ooh definitely. We could talk all about Amish people :)

  • http://snowintromso.com/ Van @ Snow in Tromso

    Beautiful place!! And the first pictures could have been taken in Germany in the Rheine valley, looks so similiar!!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Mishfish13

      Thanks so much Van! Ahh, I knew there was a reason I liked it up there so much ;)

  • http://www.melaniefontaine.com/ Melanie Fontaine

    I feel exactly the same way: When I’m feeling burned out and tired, I need to get out and into nature! It just clears the mind like nothing else! And a pretty sunset never hurts either! ;) By the way, I nominated you to take part in the Writing Process Blog Hop in case you’re interested! :) http://www.melaniefontaine.com/2014/09/lets-talk-about-travel-blogging.html

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Mishfish13

      I agree! There’s something about nature that puts everything back into perspective. Bad day at work? Remember when humans used to just live in THIS FOREST? All better ;)

      And YES. Definitely interested :) Something to do while I scramble my next post together! Haha, thanks for the nomination <3 <3