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Palo Duro Canyon State Park
They say "Everything is Bigger in Texas"! The "Grand Canyon of Texas", Palo Duro Canyon, is the second largest canyon in the United States (behind only the Grand Canyon itself)! The second largest state park in Texas, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, sits on 28,000 acres toward the northern end of the canyon. If you haven't visited this park yet, absolutely put it on your bucketlist of places to visit in the Lone Star State!... [Read the full post]
Caprock Canyons State Park
Known for its water sports and wildlife viewing (especially boating, fishing and bird watching), and for its historic CCC structure, Lake Corpus Christi State Park has been on our radar of parks to visit for some time. But we were really surprised to find that the park offers several amenities that we have never seen before in a state park (including one thing we've never seen anywhere)!... [Read the full post]
Brian and Carter of Erbe Ranch
We met the Findeisen Family at the Fulshear Farmers Market quite a while ago. We enjoy shopping at Farmers Markets as much for the interesting folks that we meet as for the fresh, organic food. Brian and Nicole, along with sons Carter and Daniel, took an unconventional route to becoming organic, sustainable farmers. They found the life they were searching for by getting back to their roots, and as Carter says, "It all started with a chicken in a tree"... [Read the full post]
Caprock Canyons State Park
Up in the Texas Panhandle approximately halfway between Amarillo and Lubbock, you'll find a beautiful group of canyons known as Caprock Canyons State Park. Miles away from big city lights and highway noise, this is the perfect location for star-gazing. On a clear night, you have an incredible view of the Milky Way! Up here, the stars really are "big and bright"!!... [Read the full post]
The Bullock Museum
When you are in Austin, be sure to set several hours aside to visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Opened in 2001, this museum houses an impressive collection of Texas artifacts: from the reproduction skeleton of a French explorer who found himself stranded in the Gulf of Mexico to the original 2,000 pound iron Goddess of Liberty who topped the Capitol Building until 1985 when she was replaced by a replica. Here you see everything from Stephen F Austin's gun to Babe Zaharias' golf putter. If you are a Texan or interested in Texas history, put this on your list of Must Sees!...  [Read the full post]
One of the activities we enjoy while camping is geocaching. It has been a great way for us to discover some pretty unique and interesting places that we would not have known existed if a geocache hadn't drawn our attention. Would you ever think that feral chickens would rule the roost on a residential street in Bastrop, Texas? We sure wouldn't, but they definitely do...  [Read the full post]
Goliad Brewing Company
Opened in 2014, the Goliad Brewing Company is a small, family owned, craft brewery that strives to capture the independent spirit of South Texas. Their property sits just north of the town of Goliad and is only a 5 to 10 minute drive from Goliad State Park and Historic Site. They offer brewery tours every Saturday along with live music in their outdoor beer garden...  [Read the full post]
Bastrop State Park entrance
Posted: December 18, 2015 | Updated: January 25, 2017
In December 2014, we wrote a blog post asking for folks to join us in volunteering to reforest Bastrop State Park. That post (Help Reforest Bastrop State Park) began with...When we learned that Texas Parks and Wildlife was looking for volunteers to help with tree planting efforts, we jumped right in. We had a great time planting trees at Bastrop State Park in January 2015...  [Read the full post]
La King's Confectionery
Located in a building constructed in the mid-1800s on the Historic Galveston Strand, La King's Confectionery is a MUST VISIT for us every time we go to Galveston, Texas. A trip through their doors is a step back in time with a functioning soda fountain that dates to the 1920s, Texas' original ice cream, and a candy making kitchen that uses 19th century techniques and equipment from more than a century ago...[Read the full post]
Dickens on the Strand
Since 1974, the Historic Galveston Strand transforms back to Victorian times one weekend each year as the island celebrates the Christmas Holidays with Dickens on the Strand. Parades, live entertainment, vendors and bed races are among the fun. Come on now, where else can you see bed races?!? This is a fun family-friendly festival with some fantastic people watching...[Read the full post]
Presidio La Bahia
Just a short hike or bike ride away from Goliad State Park and Historic Site, along a marked trail, you will find another Texas historical gem: Presidio La Bahia, a Spanish fort established here in 1749 with Mission Espiritu Santo (which is at Goliad State Park) to prevent the encroachment of the Native Americans and French (and later the English and Americans). Today, it is the oldest fort standing West of the Mississippi River...  [Read the full post]
General Ignacio Zaragoza Birthplace
General Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza was born in a house just outside the walls of Presidio La Bahia in 1829 (the same year that his community changed its name from La Bahia to Goliad). His father was a soldier at the presidio, and it was very common for children to spend their entire lives in the military community. Boys became soldiers and girls married soldiers. Ignacio Zaragoza was no exception to this rule....  [Read the full post]
Goliad State Park and Historic Site
Home to 18th century Mission Espiritu Santo, Goliad State Park and Historic Site is a must visit for anyone interested in Texas history. This CCC park features a replica Spanish mission, museum, hiking trails, fishing, kayaking, birdwatching and so much more just outside of historic Goliad, Texas...  [Read the full post]
Mountain Breeze Campground
Since 1951, Mountain Breeze has been offering camping on the Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country. Mountain Breeze specializes in tent camping, but also has a handful of RV campsites with 30amp electric and water hookups...Live music and direct access to the river are part of the fun here...  [Read the full post]
Interesting Folks: Steve The Grape Guy Spalding
Steve "The Grape Guy" Spalding is a close friend of Tom's from their college days at Blinn Jr College and Sam Houston State University. It was during their time in college that the guys realized Steve had excellent "mouth-eye" coordination and began challenging him to catch things that they threw at him using only his mouth. So far, Steve has set 4 World Records in Grape Catching!... [Read the full post]
Admiralty RV Resort
If you are headed to San Antonio to visit SeaWorld, consider staying at Admiralty RV Resort. This 207 site RV Resort is located just one mile from SeaWorld San Antonio. During our stay here we were able to get from our campsite to our parking space at SeaWorld in less than 5 minutes!... [Read the full post]
Flood damage at Stephen F Austin State Park
Posted: August 2, 2016
In April 2016, Stephen F Austin State Park was temporarily closed due to flooding. Just as the park was scheduled to reopen, it was hit by another, much more devastating flood. The 2016 Memorial Weekend Flood submerged the entire park under 5-7 feet of water. We share with you some of the images taken of the park as the water levels began to recede, as well as some of the damage left behind, and what you can do to help rebuild the Park...  [Read the full post]
Texas State Railroad
The early 1900s steam engine blows its whistle twice, the train bell clangs, and you pass by the water tower as you depart the station. As you hear the clickety-clack of the wheels on the tracks and feel the motion of the railcar, you are experiencing a little piece of life as it was a century ago. This is no movie, and this is certainly no miniature train. You are riding in an authentic, restored 1920s railcar along the Texas State Railroad!...  [Read the full post]
La Hacienda RV Resort
Tucked up in the Hudson Bend area of the Lake Travis Peninsula just Northwest of Austin, TX is a wonderful RV Resort: La Hacienda. We spent 5 nights at this resort and enjoyed every minute of it...And "Woooo-Hoooo!!!" Lake Travis is finally 100% full again!...  [Read the full post]
San Antonio Missions NHP
One of the things that we love about our home state is its history. Texas is rich in history. And as we tour around the state, we're learning that a big part of Texas History can be found in the Spanish Missions. Our previous visits to the Alamo, Mission Espiritu Santo in Goliad, and Mission Tejas in Weches were very interesting. So while we were in San Antonio, we took the time to visit San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. We're so glad we did!...  [Read the full post]
Bastrop State Park entrance
Posted: May 27, 2015
Following a drought that has hung over much of Texas since 2010, the entire state has seen significant rainfall during May 2015. In fact, many counties are seeing record rainfall for May. The upside is that all of the water is recharging our aquifers and filling our lakes. The downside is the destruction that is accompanying the flooding. Among the affected areas are many of our state parks, corps of engineer parks, and a few rv parks...  [Read the full post]
Stephen F Austin State Park
Since our blog is all about exploring Texas, we thought it was only fitting to begin on March 2 (Texas Independence Day) in the State Park named for the “Father of Texas”, Stephen F Austin State Park! Stephen F Austin State Park sits on the banks of the Brazos River in San Felipe, Texas (just North of Sealy, about 30 minutes West of Houston). It's one of our favorites!... [Read the full post]
Dell Diamond
We're big sports fans and enjoy watching all levels of baseball. So on our list of things to do is visit all of the professional baseball parks in Texas. While we were in Austin, we were lucky enough to catch a game at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas...Dell Diamond, home of the Round Rock Express, was built in 2000. It's a very fan-friendly ballpark...  [Read the full post]
pine seedling
Posted: December 6, 2014
In September 2011, "the most destructive wildfire in state history" tore through Bastrop County, Texas. Drought conditions and high winds led to the burning of 32,000 acres, destroyed 1,600 homes and killed 2 people. The wildfire also burned through 96% of the 6,565 acres that make up Bastrop State Park. You can help restore the park! [Read the full post]
Rayford Crossing RV Resort
We first met the folks from Rayford Crossing RV Resort a couple of years ago, I guess, at the Houston RV Show. A generator maintenance appointment Monday morning at Cummins Southern Plains in Northeast Houston gave us the perfect excuse to visit this park for the weekend. We could enjoy a relaxing weekend in our RV, then bypass much of the Monday morning Houston traffic. Win-Win! [Read the full post]
Marina Bay RV Resort
Long recognized as a playground for Houstonians, Kemah, Texas is home to the 3rd largest fleet of recreational boats in the United States. According to the city's history, it is considered the "Gateway to the Bay" because of its position on both Clear Creek and Galveston Bay. They say that legendary pirate Jean Lafitte lived here during the early 1800s. Today, the small town is full of recreational boating and fishing opportunities, restaurants and unique shops. It is also home to Marina Bay RV Resort... [Read the full post]
Nails Creek State Park
On the Southwest shore of Lake Somerville, between Houston and Austin, lies Nails Creek State Park. More specifically, this is the Nails Creek Unit of Lake Somerville State Park. (The Birch Creek Unit is across the lake.) Before we tell you about our stay, we have a CRITICAL piece of advice: Do NOT use the Latitude/Longitude coordinates provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife to get to this park... [Read the full post]
Lake Livingston State Park
If you enjoy boating, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, geocaching or biking, add Lake Livingston State Park to your list of places to visit in the Pineywoods of East Texas. A part of the Texas State Park system since 1977, this park is made up of 635 acres along Lake Livingston, which is an 84,000+ acre man-made reservoir... [Read the full post]
Huntsville State Park
Just North of Houston off of Interstate 45, near the town of Huntsville, Texas, sits a wooded 2,083 acre get-away...Huntsville State Park. This park was constructed in part by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 1828, a unit comprised completely of African American military veterans. The men in the CCC worked on building the park from 1937 until 1940...Though the local residents were in support of the new recreational area, the future of Huntsville State Park almost ended before it really began... [Read the full post]
Wolff Stadium
As Native Houstonians, we've been to San Antonio many times over the years. San Antonio has so many options for travelers to see and do: the Alamo, the Riverwalk, SeaWorld, Fiesta Texas, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, all kinds of museums... the list can seem endless. But this summer, we began our quest to visit all of the minor league baseball parks in Texas, so we had to make time for a game at "The Wolff". And we are glad that we did!...  [Read the full post]
Why RV? No Bed Bugs!
I remember my Mom tucking me in as a kid and saying, "Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite!" I always thought that was a harmless, funny little goodnight wish. Funny, that is, until the recent stories on the increasing prevalence of bed bugs in hotel and motel rooms... [Read the full post]
Why RV? Flee the Fees!
So you want to take a vacation? Great! After hours of searching online, you think you've found the a flight you can live with, a rental car to get around once you arrive, and a hotel that looks okay all for a decent price. You start to break into your happy dance... but then you see the fees! Wait...WHAT?? [Read the full post]
Jamaica Beach RV Park
If you’re headed down toward Galveston, be sure to check out Jamaica Beach RV Park. This family-owned and operated RV resort has only been around a few years, but they have built a very nice facility! It’s located approximately 10 miles West of the Galveston Seawall just past the city of Jamaica Beach. We spent 2 nights here and loved it! [Read the full post]