San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance •  107 E. Hopkins St. Suite 121A; San Marcos, Texas 78666

The Loop


My Getaway: A Conversation with Kris Niblett

Kris is a native Texan who loves to get outside, especially in inclement weather. She is a writer, a gardener, a yogi, a cook, and takes every opportunity to travel, especially to places where nature and wildlife can take your breath away.

Why do you value the natural areas?

Nature is maybe the greatest gift—breathing the air, smelling the plants, feeling the sun and the breeze, and hearing the birds and the insects.

Who or what most influenced your view of the natural world?

My father, Phil, was more comfortable in nature than anywhere. I grew up camping in Colorado, visiting state and national parks.

What is your favorite trail? What do you like about it?

Upper and Lower Limbo in Prospect Park in San Marcos. The trailhead is an easy walk from home, so we can enjoy being in nature daily.  I like seeing how the vegetation changes with the season and the rain. Right now, everything is waking up. I’m on the lookout for blooming sedum, cactus, and native plants. I like walking on trails that take you uphill a bit and call for negotiating uneven ground and loose rock—great for your balance!


What do you most enjoy doing when you visit the Greenbelt?

The surprises! We’ve come upon a huge new bee colony taking up space in a hollow tree, a few coral snakes, hawks, foxes, black deer, the occasional racoon skeleton. It’s so fun and relaxing to spend time in a natural greenspace!

What recommendations would you give new users of the trail?  

Try exploring the trails off the main trail if you are able—it’s a little more challenging, but you’ll discover some beautiful bits of nature hiding out there. The further you can hike, the bigger your world is.

Editor’s note: Kris isn’t one to brag on herself, but her container gardens are remarkably productive.


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