I am jealous of all you guys that live near some of these beautiful places. I have snowboarded Taos NM and Snowbird UT and Hiked/Camped my way from Austin Tx to Rocky Mtn National Park twice with family, but my normal fair is nowhere near so glamorous as some of the pictures many of you have posted.
I moonlight with a company that puts on endurance trail races in central Texas. I run some, but most of my miles tend to be marking, measuring, and clearing trail for the events. Trails in central Texas are extremely varied. East Texas tends to be pine forests with soft pine lined trails and tree roots to keep your attention. West Texas is mostly flat and boring with some extraordinary places sprinkled about, Davis Mountains, Palo Duro Canyon, half-dozen others. But most of our time is spent in the Hill Country, a geographic transition between the coastal East plains and high West plains. I think the Hill Country most resembles the opening title sequence from MASH. The landscape is rolling hills at a distance with rocky, technical, and unforgiving terrain up close. It is an awful lot of fun.
My favorite place is the Hill Country Natural Area in Bandera, Texas. We put on a 100k event there each January. It is a trip I circle on my calendar each year. In fact I was pretty bummed that I couldn't make it last year, but my second daughter insisted on being born then. Supporting the races usually consists of a 5 or 6, 5 mile hikes over three days or so. The course is ~30mi, but divided between 5 aid stations. Volunteers split the course up and work in teams to mark it, monitor it during the event, and tear down and clean up after. Since the event lasts a full 24 hours we get to see the whole park at all times of the night and day. For about 6years or so it seemed it rained more than not out there. In fact, I bought my Taco because between this race and another we have had a dozen trucks, or so, get stuck and I wanted to have the tool to get out. Recently though we have had pretty dry races. The last three or four years have been dry, but the temp has varied from the high 70's-low 80's (in January) to 8 degrees a few years back. We had coffee freezing in our mugs during that one. I don't have a lot of pictures but this is a link to a tour of the race course: http://www.tejastrails.com/docs/Bandera__Sto.html
Check out tejastrails.com to see other event, they all have pictures somewhere in the page, though the format of each page can be inconsistent so you may have to hunt some.
Anyhow, here in Austin, I have several 3-6 mile trails that I try to rack up 15-25 miles a week on. This summer has been too dry and too hot to get toward that upper number at all, but I am hoping for some relief by mid to late September. I keep telling myself that I will parry all these miles into some kind of trailing for the 50k event in Bandera, finishing that has been a big dream of mine, but the truth is, I think I train just so I can have fun working the race.
Sorry for the long winded post, the first post asked for a story....