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Photo courtesy Melissa Cheatwood
Here are a couple of examples of those who benefit from Balcones Canyonlands NWR
Claire's story- “…scrolling through Facebook one afternoon, I came across a list of best places to hike in Central Texas, which included Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. I decided on a whim that I would go explore it and so I geared up in my 2002 Subaru and old pair of tennis shoes.
When I got to the Refuge, I began to feel differently. It was quiet and for the most part, I was the only one hiking at Doeskin Ranch that day.
As I hiked up the hill that overlooks the hill country, I felt exhilarated, like I could do anything I put my mind to. I veered off the trail a bit so I could get a better view and was rewarded with a landscape filled with rolling hills for miles. It was so quiet, so peaceful, and I was completely in the moment, feeling the once debilitating anxiety release from my body.
My journeys at Balcones Canyonlands sparked my love and passion for the outdoors. …life in the outdoors is now a must and a potential career path for me. I want to continue to inspire others to find their peace among nature and continue to create a place that is accessible for anyone.”
Sophia tells us what a field trip to the Refuge meant to her-
Claire & Sophia Thank You
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