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selves to a luxurious wilderness
adventure at The Hyatt Regency
Lost Pines Resort and Spa. My
friend and I spoiled ourselves
with spa treatments at Spa djan-
go and afterwards hiked on the
18 miles of nature trails that ad-
join the 1,100-acre McKinney
Roughs Nature Park. The Hyatt
teams up with McKinney Roughs
Outdoor Adventure Programs to
offer adventure trips including
kayaking on the Colorado River,
eco-tours with a naturalist and
star gazing with a park astron-
omer. I have found that hiking
with a naturalist is by far the best
way to quickly learn about the
local natural environment.
Since Austin is a true outdoor
paradise with plenty of adven-
ture, I knew this trip would not
be complete without a zip-lin-
ing tour. Cypress Valley Canopy
Tours has put together a spec-
tacular package with three sky
bridges and six zip-lines. Soar-
ing 40 feet above the ground and
over 350 feet through the trees
is breathtaking and exhilarating.
You can even spend the night in
a "tree-tent" and zip-line to your
tent. If that isn't a unique idea
for a trip, I don't know what is.
Austin is known to be one of
the nation's top travel destina-
tions. names Austin
among America's Best Cities for
the Outdoors due to the mix of
mild weather, plentiful park land
and assortment of outdoor activ-
ities; Outside Magazine names
Austin the fourth best city to live
in among the top 20 places in
the U.S. and Mother Nature Net-
work recognizes Austin as one
of the 10 greenest cities in the
Radisson Austin Hotel & Suites,
www.radisson.clm/austintx, or
call (800) 395-7046.
Cypress Valley Canopy Tours,
www.cypressvalleycanopy , or call (512) 264-
Austin Overtures Tours, www., or call
(512) 659-9478.
Urban Wine Tasting Tour, www. , or call
(512) 650-1123.
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort
& Spa,,
or call (512) 308-1234.
Austin Convention & Visitors
or call (800)926-2282.
Ann Nelson is a freelance writer
residing in San Diego, CA.
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