Experiencing Texas' Natural Beauty

Senator John Cornyn
2013-07-22 13:52:04
THE LONESTAR WEEKLY Senator Cornyn�s E-Newsletter *Experiencing Texas� Natural Beauty* *By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn* Whether it�s a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of the Frio River or horseback-riding on the trails of the Palo Duro Canyon, Texas is home to 95 diverse state parks, historic sites, and natural areas that offer countless excursions for Texans and the millions who visit our state each year. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), an agency with a rich history of protecting, cultivating and showcasing Texas� vibrant lands and wildlife. [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Big Bend.jpg] *Sen. Cornyn at Big Bend* From fishing and hiking to paddling and camping, Texas parks offer inexpensive activities for tourists, families, students and outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Every spring, Lyndon B. Johnson State�Park is painted with the bright colors of Texas wildflowers. Visitors can swim, fish, hike and picnic against the beautiful spring backdrop complete with bison, Texas longhorns and buffalo. �The park also boasts an impressive Visitor�s Center including memorabilia from President Johnson�s time in office. During the summer, the options are endless for Texans looking for a break from the sweltering heat. TPWD has more than 50 designated paddling trails to make the most of Texas� 200 major lakes, 190,000 miles of rivers, and more than 300 miles of coastland. Many parks offer paddle-boat, canoe, kayak, and lifejacket rentals. At Mustang Island State Park, go kayaking, bird-watching and fishing on the paddling trails that pass through one of the few undeveloped barrier island habitats on the Texas Gulf Coast. Towering sand dunes protect the rich vegetation and wildlife on Mustang Island, including bulrushes, cattails, sedges and over 400 species of birds. Each fall, autumn foliage decorates parks across the state, from the red and orange leaves of the majestic Bigtooth maples at the Lost Maples State Natural Area to the golden hues of the cottonwoods at Daingerfield State Park in East Texas. During the cooler temperatures of the winter months, nature trails and hikes abound in Texas parks. Serious hikers enjoy the 19-mile Rancherias Backpacking Loop through�Big Bend Ranch State Park, which takes them through canyons, over ridges, and across flat-topped hills called mesas. Fredericksburg is home to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, which centers on a massive, pink granite rock that rises 425 feet above ground�the second largest formation of its kind in the country. Legend has it that Tonkawa Indians named it after a Spanish Conquistador cast a spell on the formation and caused magical fires to glow on its peak. In Texas, we do things bigger and better, and that�s no exception when it comes to our state parks. I congratulate the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on 50 years of careful preservation of our precious lands, and I encourage all Texans to take advantage of the natural beauty our vast park system affords us. News Releases* *July 22:* *Cornyn, Cruz Announce Application Process for Texas Judgeships [link 1] July 19: Cornyn Demands Action From White House On Unacceptable VA Backlog [link 2] July 18: Cornyn: Labor Leaders Feeling Obamacare Buyer's Remorse [link 3] July 18: Cornyn Applauds House Vote to Permanently Delay Obamacare [link 4] July 17:Cornyn: President Threatens to Veto His Own Proposal [link 5] July 16: Cornyn: IRS Targeting Creates Culture of Mistrust [link 6] July 16: Cornyn Marks Signing Of S.B. 24 [link 7] July 12: Cornyn Backs Governor�s Appeal For West Disaster Aid [link 8] July 11: Cornyn Opposes ATF Nominee With Troubling Track Record [link 9] July 11: VIDEO: Obamacare: Broken Before It Even Begins [link 10]* � Social Media* Sen. Cornyn regularly updates his profiles with the latest news and developments from around Texas and Capitol Hill. [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov/images/twitter.gif] [link 11]� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/instagram-logo-icon.jpg] [link 12]�� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov/images/facebook.gif] [link 13]� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov/images/youtube.gif] [link 14]� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Flickr.png] [link 15] Texas Times Column* *July 1: A Day to Reflect and Recommit Ourselves to America�s Founding Ideals [link 16] May 24: Honoring the Fallen in Smithville, TX [link 17] April 23: Courage and Grace in West, Texas [link 18] March 18: Honoring Montford Point Marine Calvin Curtis [link 19] February 28: A Moment Bigger Than The Game [link 20] February 20: Texas Treasure Returns to the Alamo [link 21] February 5: Honoring Members of our Greatest Generation [link 22] January 28: Remembering the Crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia [link 23] December 14: Tales of Christmas Past In Texas [link 24] November 20: A Message of Thanksgiving [link 25] �* �

Experiencing Texas� Natural Beauty

By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

Whether it�s a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of the Frio River or horseback-riding on the trails of the Palo Duro Canyon, Texas is home to 95 diverse state parks, historic sites, and natural areas that offer countless excursions for Texans and the millions who visit our state each year. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), an agency with a rich history of protecting, cultivating and showcasing Texas� vibrant lands and wildlife.

Sen. Cornyn at Big Bend

From fishing and hiking to paddling and camping, Texas parks offer inexpensive activities for tourists, families, students and outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Every spring, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park is painted with the bright colors of Texas wildflowers. Visitors can swim, fish, hike and picnic against the beautiful spring backdrop complete with bison, Texas longhorns and buffalo.  The park also boasts an impressive Visitor�s Center including memorabilia from President Johnson�s time in office.

During the summer, the options are endless for Texans looking for a break from the sweltering heat. TPWD has more than 50 designated paddling trails to make the most of Texas� 200 major lakes, 190,000 miles of rivers, and more than 300 miles of coastland. Many parks offer paddle-boat, canoe, kayak, and lifejacket rentals. At Mustang Island State Park, go kayaking, bird-watching and fishing on the paddling trails that pass through one of the few undeveloped barrier island habitats on the Texas Gulf Coast. Towering sand dunes protect the rich vegetation and wildlife on Mustang Island, including bulrushes, cattails, sedges and over 400 species of birds.

Each fall, autumn foliage decorates parks across the state, from the red and orange leaves of the majestic Bigtooth maples at the Lost Maples State Natural Area to the golden hues of the cottonwoods at Daingerfield State Park in East Texas.

During the cooler temperatures of the winter months, nature trails and hikes abound in Texas parks. Serious hikers enjoy the 19-mile Rancherias Backpacking Loop through Big Bend Ranch State Park, which takes them through canyons, over ridges, and across flat-topped hills called mesas. Fredericksburg is home to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, which centers on a massive, pink granite rock that rises 425 feet above ground�the second largest formation of its kind in the country. Legend has it that Tonkawa Indians named it after a Spanish Conquistador cast a spell on the formation and caused magical fires to glow on its peak.

In Texas, we do things bigger and better, and that�s no exception when it comes to our state parks. I congratulate the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on 50 years of careful preservation of our precious lands, and I encourage all Texans to take advantage of the natural beauty our vast park system affords us.

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