Where on Earth? Week 17: Austin, TX

Well, I was right — this was too easy of a Where on Earth. It only took reader Dave 21 minutes to come up with the correct answer of Mt. Bonnell Park in Austin, TX. What looks like a large river is actually Lake Austin. This is usually considered Austin’s highest point at 775 feet, and it’s popular among tourists and locals alike. I’ve made my way to the top several times, usually to take in the horizon and ogle the multi-million-dollar houses down below.

“The peak is named for George Bonnell,” according to the Austin Explorer, “who served as Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the Texas Republic. He first moved to Austin in 1839.” The Explorer also offers up directions for those of you interested in seeing this site in real life:

“From MoPac Expressway in Central Austin, take the 35th Street exit and head west. Proceed past Camp Mabry on the right and veer left in the fork on the road onto Old Bull Creek Road. Turn right onto Mount Bonnell Road and lumber up the the hill and look for parking on the left when reaching the crest.”

We really need to start making these tougher.