As we were hitching up to leave Mustang Island S.P. one of our neighbors noticed our Illinois license plates and stopped to talk. He was from Oswego, IL and during the course of our conversation I found out he grew up in Maywood and went to Proviso East High School (that's where me and four of my siblings went). He was older than us and graduated the year before I started but then he mentioned that his dad was a history teacher at Proviso. I didn't remember him but it turns out that my sister, Sue, had him for American History - what a small world!
After that little bit of weirdness we hit the road with a destination of Lockhart State Park in Lockhart, Texas. It's just under 200 miles so a relatively light day of driving. As we were driving, the GPS confused us (Ok, it was me that was confused) and we had to make a u-turn!! Rather than finding a empty parking lot Marty decided that he could just do the turn on the road and it worked! And I didn't even freak out (too much). It's amazing how much more comfortable he is driving this big rig.
|Our new home at Lockhart State Park|
We did have one issue when were backing in to the original spot, got too close to a branch and we now have a small tear in our rig's rubber roof. It should be an easy fix once we find a rv store for a patch kit.
Once we were all settled in it was time for dinner and time to go explore the town of Lockhart which just happens to be the Texas capital of BBQ - who knew?? There are four bbq restaurants in town and we tried Black's. It was ok but we didn't feel it was anything special and it was very pricey. We have a whole week here so we'll definitely be trying the other places to see which is the best.
After dinner we drove to Best Buy in the nearby town of San Marcos. The park has very weak WiFi and we decided to buy an antenna to boost whatever signal we could find. It works but it's still a weak signal - 3 bars which is better than the 1 bar we started out with. We have to have WiFi, can't live without our technology.
|The telephone wires next to the highway were loaded with birds - very freaky!|
We found a Crestview RV Sales and Service Store in Buda, TX which is only about a 1/2 hour from us. We headed over there to pick up a patch kit for the roof and also found some lubricant for the slide-outs. It's a nice store with good prices so we picked up a catalog for future shopping.
|Texas State Capital|
Can you name the 6 different country's flags that have flown over the State Capital building? I'll put the answer down below.
|Looking up at the dome in the Rotunda|
When we got back to the park we decided to check out one of the trails. We walked for about 45 minutes and saw these scary looking birds.
Whenever you visit a state park in Texas you must pay a daily admission fee (this includes campers) which adds about 21.00 per week on to your camping fees. The State of Texas does offer a State Parks Pass for $70.00 which is good for one year from the date of purchase. We bought the pass at Galveston State Park and so far have used it for three weeks of camping. This was an easy decision, it's already paid for itself. It's really nice to have if you just want to spend a little bit of time in a park which is what we did on Wednesday at Pedernales Falls State Park. We arrived there around 11:00 and checked in at the Park Office and showed them our pass, the daily admission here is $6.00 each so we saved $12.00.
|Pedernales Falls "Beach"|
|Relaxing on the "beach"|
After hiking back up to the road we got in the car and looked for the trail to take us to Pedernales Falls. We hiked down to the falls and could actually walk out to the middle of the river because the water is so low. It was incredibly relaxing - I sunned myself on the rocks while Marty was taking photos. This is a beautiful park and hopefully we will be able to camp here at some point. It is interesting to read the signs about flash floods and how quickly the water turns dangerous. Hard to believe on such a beautiful day.
|Standing in the middle of the river|
|Sitting in the middle of the river|
|Playing in the middle of the river|
|Enjoying a little vino|
After leaving the winery around 3:30 we started looking for a place to stop for lunch. We found a delightful cafe - The Texas Pie Company. Marty had soup and a sandwich and I had the lunch special - Beef Strogranoff. We both had pie (of course) for dessert. Pecan for Marty and Lemon for me - Yum!
Happy 5th Birthday to my great-nephew, Danny Burke!
|Bill and "friend"|
We enjoyed spending the evening with them but when we left we found our truck covered in ice!! It's a good thing we didn't give away our scraper. What should have been a 45 minute drive back to the park ended up taking 1 1/2 hours - at one point we were at a standstill on the highway for about 15 minutes. Many ramps were closed and it was kind of scary knowing that the other drivers probably didn't know how to drive in this kind of weather. We were very happy when we finally got back to the rig where the inside temperature was a balmy 51. :)
We woke up to temperatures in the high 20's and frost on the ground. We have no plans for today so it looks like a "catching up and cleaning" day. Our water spigot is frozen so we only have the water that's left in the tank. It is supposed to get up to the 40's this afternoon so we should be able to hook the hose back up for a little while.
|Skating at the Golf Course, a whole new sport.|
|Ice is pretty when you know it's going to melt soon.|