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It has now been several weeks since the horrific Bastrop fires destroyed more than 1,600 homes and burned more than 41,000 acres. Two people lost their lives in that fire. Thankfully, the fires were officially declared extinguished on October 10th, but the images from the fires are heartbreaking, especially to Texans, like me, who are used to seeing Bastrop engulfed in giant pine trees – not charred wildfire remains. According to Texas Parks & Wildlife officials, only 50-100 acres of the Bastrop State Park’s 5,926-acre premises remain following the wildfire.
The good news is that many parts of Bastrop, including the downtown area and the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort, were untouched by the fires. There are still many fun family activities and areas with beautiful scenery in Bastrop that are just waiting for you to visit. Bastrop is very much open for business and the best way that you can help Bastrop get back on track is to include Bastrop in your family’s travel plans. Here is a great short video about how Bastrop businesses are open and ready for business!
If you do decide to visit Bastrop, the Hyatt Lost Pines is donating $25 for each night of your stay to the Bastrop Ministerial Alliance if you book using the Offer Code “WECARE”. All funds raised by the alliance go directly to helping Bastrop residences who were affected by the fires. As always compare different rates and codes to make sure you are getting the best deal for your family. On the dates that I have checked, using the “WECARE” code did not cause the “Hyatt Daily Rate” to increase, but if you were looking to book using the “Advanced Purchase” option, those rates were typically a bit lower. If you find another rate that is substantially less, you could use some of the money saved to donate directly, if you were so inclined. 🙂
As for my family, we were already planning a return visit to Bastrop next year since we enjoyed our time there this summer so much. Given how impacted the local economy has been, we may schedule our visit a little sooner than we originally planned. When you can combine a great family vacation with doing good for others, everybody wins.
If you want to see a short video with more details involving the fire itself and the people who were impacted, here is a pretty good one.
Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!