Articles By: Valeka Cruz

Staff writer Valeka Cruz (@runningonheavy) is a freelance writer and blogger living happily in Austin Texas with her three fur babies. Her blog, Running On Heavy (runningonheavy.blogspot.com), provides health and wellness motivation along with life lessons. She loves chocolate, hiking, laughing, hot tea and, especially, writing . . . not necessarily in that order depending on what kind of a day it is.

International Rose Test Garden, Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden, Portland, Oregon
By staff writer Valeka Cruz. Photos Copyright © Valeka Cruz. I HAD HEARD from friends and family that the International Rose Test Garden was a beautiful place that I should visit during my recent trip to Portland, Oregon. The word beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe this haven. From the...
October 26th, 2012 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

The Resilience of Nature: Bastrop State Park, Texas

The Resilience of Nature: Bastrop State Park, Texas
By guest blogger Valeka Cruz. Photos Copyright © Valeka Cruz. Bastrop State Park and neighboring Buescher State Park are located 30 miles south of Austin, Texas and are home to the “Lost Pines,” an isolated region of loblolly pines (yes, we have pine trees in Texas!). In 1997, the park was given...
September 14th, 2012 | GUEST BLOGGERS, USA MAINLAND, Conservation, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

Garner State Park: Caves, Trails, Tubing – and Texas swing!

Garner State Park: Caves, Trails, Tubing – and Texas swing!
By guest blogger Valeka Cruz RECENTLY I HAD the absolute joy of visiting Garner State Park. I am very fortunate to have grown up near this gem of a Texas state park. I hadn’t visited it in years but it was just as beautiful as I remembered it being! It is one of the most heavily visited parks in...
June 8th, 2012 | GUEST BLOGGERS, USA MAINLAND, GARDENS & PARKS, CAMPING | Read More