Texas State Parks turns 100 years old. Tell us about your favorite Lone Star escape.

I can still smell the fires.

Much of my youth was spent hiking, swimming, camping, canoeing and other outdoor activities. What better way to entertain the six curious and rambunctious Barnes kids than to load us into a station wagon; tie the equipment to the trunk; and head to the nearest state park?

I spent the same amount of time in the Boy Scout camps, which introduced me to the Hill Country through the pristine El Rancho Sima, which soon became a Hayes County park, thanks in part to the efforts of the Texas Preserve.

My experience in this rugged landscape on the Blanco River played a key role in my constant journey from the coastal plains of the Gulf of Mexico to the crystal clear streams, limestone trails, and green hills of Central Texas.

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