Around Jonestown and Travis Lake

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
Trip End Sep 08, 2010

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Slept a little later this morning when we got up Bonnie already had coffee waiting for us and breakfast in the works. We played around with our computers. I showed Bonnie what directory her pictures were being saved in so she could attach them to emails and facebook pages. She's a quick learner!  She also played with her sewing machine this morning to be sure she remembered her lessons from yesterday.  All I can say is she gets 2 'A' pluses for being the perfect student.

The City of Jonestown is located on FM 1431 in northern Travis County, Texas, approximately 20 miles northwest of the City of Austin, and nine miles west of the intersection of U.S. 183 and FM 1431, in the heart of one of the fastest growing population areas in Texas. Often referred to as the "Gateway to the Hill Country", the City of Jonestown offers the amenities of a country lifestyle, combined with a location convenient to Austin, which it shares, the Austin - San Marcos metropolitan area. Jonestown contains a population of approximately 1,681 (as of the 2000 census, may have surpassed a growth of 2000 by now). The lake community is on Lake Travis which is 63 miles of the cleanest, clearest blue lake water in the Texas Hill country.  It is a part of the Highland Lakes chain of the Colorado River which is damned up in several places. 

Jonestown has existed as a populated rural community since it was originally settled by the Jones brothers, Emmett and Warren in the late 1930's. When Mansfield Dam was increased in height, and Lake Travis was filled, the development of Jonestown as a lake resort became possible. Begun at first as a haven for weekend fishermen and boaters, more and more people built their permanent residence here and commuted to work in Austin. The City of Jonestown incorporated in 1985.

The Texas Highland Lakes are a chain of man-made lakes formed by several dams on the Texas Colorado River (this is not the same as the Colorado River that flows through the Grand Canyon) which winds Southeast from its headwaters near the border of Texas and New Mexico through Central Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.

The lakes and dams are:
Buchanan Dam - Lake Buchanan - Inks Dam - Inks Lake - Wirtz Dam - Lake LBJ - Starcke Dam - Lake Marble Falls - Mansfield Dam - Lake Travis - Tom Miller Dam - Lake Austin - Longhorn Dam - Town Lake

In the old days, the Colorado River was infamous for major flooding, particularly in Austin and the dams were used to tame the flooding and to generate hydroelectric power. All of the dams, with the exception of Longhorn Dam, were constructed by the Lower Colorado River Authority during the 1930s and 1940s.

Lake Travis is 18,929 acres, 270 miles of shoreline, and a maximum width of 4.5 miles.  Lake Travis is one of the deepest lakes in Texas and the water is very clear and emerald green in color. Travis is a fun lake because there is plenty to see and do including Hippie Hollow Park which is the only clothing optional public park in Texas and it is very popular for nude sunbathing and swimming - so cover the kids eyes as you boat by and leave the binoculars at home!

Dinner was at a local hang-out called true Grit.  This was a real true back hills restaurant.  Food was good and live music from a local group.  Dave and Bonnie had catfish and I had salmon which I shared with Dave and he shared his catfish with me.  Service was a bit slow but friendly.  The music was OK, but definitely from a very local group.

God Bless all the people who made the Lake Travis area dream a reality.  And bless the men for their local talent and desire to entertain local folks.

Bless Bonnie for showing us a wonderful time around this fascinating area.
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bonnwl6 on

Great blog and great time spent with you both. You have not only taught me how to operate my computer and sewing maching but all about my own town. Pictures are great.

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