Cruisin' with Courtney: Venturing through Bastrop

BASTROP COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - If adventure is calling your name in 2017, Zip Lost Pines near Bastrop is a good place to start.

"We have six dual zip lines ranging from 146 feet all the way up to 1,316 feet," explained Garrett Higgins, the lead guide and training specialist at Zip Lost Pines.

Once you are safely secured, it is time to take that first step off the platform. With the wind in your face, you can soar over the McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

"Most people are like 'Woohoo, that's amazing!', especially after coming off of [line] six," said Higgins.

The lines vary in length and speed, but if adrenaline is what you are after, the grand finale, line six, is for you!

Besides the thrill of the ride, you hike a short distance between each line and get to explore the nature around you.

"We have bald eagles and deer, so it's a lot more of a nature experience. All of our guides are very familiar with the nature and we really try and give you more of an in touch experience with the land instead of just ziplining" explained Higgins.

If the all of the adventuring has your stomach growling, head on over to Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard in downtown Bastrop!

"[We serve] predominately pizza. We are a from scratch kitchen. Everything is made by hand every morning, every ticket," explained Chris Allcorn, the owner of Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard.

The ingredients taste fresh and you won't want to leave any slices behind.

"We wanted it to be a place where our grandfather would have gone to drink beer say in 1940s and 50s," said Allcorn.

There's always music playing, too.

"Eighties, southern rock, yeah southern rock music. It's always awesome" explained Bastrop local, Amy Spruill.

They also have live music on certain nights on their back porch that overlooks the Colorado River.

"Good food, live tunes, nice people" is the motto at Neighbor's Kitchen and Yard.

When you're ready to walk off lunch, lace up your sneakers and head to Bastrop State Park.

"Anytime someone comes by Bastrop State Park there are a few things they have to experience. One of those is to take in the rich CCC history," said Jamie Creacy, Bastrop State Park superintendent. "The Civilian Conservation Corps built the park in the 1930's and just get out there and hit those trails and just relax among the growing pine trees. It's a beautiful place to do that."

The park has done a lot of growing since a wildfire destroyed more than 90% of it in 2011.

"Even though a lot of people think, "Wow, devastation from the fire", we like to look at the positive side that comes out of that. We are in a really special time at the park where you can see the regrowth and this isn't something people always get to see in their lives" said Creacy.

So grab your tennis shoes and your sense of adventure, and go rediscover the Lost Pines.

There are links to all of the places we visited under the related links section of this story.