Campin' and Dancin' with Good Friends

The fourth and final phase of my Hill Country vacation. Got here and set up in early afternoon. Went to get a late lunch at Ay Chiwawa. They have good Mexican food and margaritas. Good charro beans too. Then we came back and made a fire while we waited for others in the group to come in. Dang short days! Traffic delays behind a car fire kept most of them until after dark. Seemed SO late, but it was only about 6 pm. A full moon was rising over the hillside and it was cool to see. After they all got settled we went to eat and listen to a live band at Max's Roadhouse.

Saturday morning was a little foggy. We had our usual big (late) breakfast and then we walked down to check out the Guadalupe River.  This would be a great place to bring my tube or kayak!

A few of us ladies went over to Kai-Simone Winery next door to do a wine tasting. It was nice out on the back porch and yes, we did take a bottle or so home. For the evening entertainment, we went to Anhalt Hall to listen and dance to Rocky King Band. Why does it always turn out cold when we go there? LOTS of deer on the roads and in the park on the way home.

Sunday morning, was the final pack up and take down of the camp and then I headed home. It was a long, but wonderful, vacation. And after a nap or two, I can't wait to do it again! My heart is at home in the Hill Country. 

Guadalupe River RV Park and Campground, Spring Branch, TX

7200 Spring Branch Rd,
Spring Branch, TX 78070
🗺 Map 
Type of Park: Private-owned
11/19-21/21 - 2 Nights
Check In: 1p    Check Out: 12p

⛺ Site #34 - Back-In | Pull-Thru

💲45 per night (back-in sites along the river are $5 more than the pull-thru sites)
• Water
• 20/30/50 amp - 2 poles, one on each side of site
• Sewer
• Fire Ring
• Picnic Table
• Site Pad: Asphalt/gravel 

👍🏻 Pros:
• Next to the restrooms/showers
• Discount for going to Anhalt Hall events
• Right on the banks of the Guadalupe River

👎🏻 Cons:
• NOT very level. Slopes a lot front to back. Could be a pull-thru
• Other sites are on grass and somewhat unlevel
• Lots of carpet burrs. Don't go barefoot and watch fur babies' feet!

📝 Park Notes: 

• Dump Station
• Select items for sale in the office
• Restrooms/ Bath House (looks better from the inside)
• Tent sites are available along the river
• Good place for tubing, RVers have a parking lot down by the river for easier access
• Laundry
• Cabins
• Propane
• Winery across the street
• Bring tubes or kayaks
• There are some RVs and equipment parked near the office so it's not the best looking campground
• There is a cave on site (called Snookie's Cavern of all things), but it was closed for some construction at the time we were there
• Staff is friendly, but a little unorganized

🐦 Wildlife:
• Birds: ducks, hawks
• Deer

Moving Into Bandera

Location #3 on my Hill Country vacation. After four nights at the Boondocker's site, I moved into Bandera to be closer to everything - walking distance, actually. I called in the morning to see if they had sites available. Showed up 2 hours later. Stayed just one night.  I love walking down on the Medina River. The campground runs along it and you can walk under the roadway to get to Bandera City Park. The river is my therapy! 

I got gas (I've been putting some miles on this truck this week), got some lunch and checked out the Frontier Times Museum, then went back to the camper to take a nap. Visited a friend who was in town and then went to Arkey's for a while in the evening. It was nice to have a very short drive back to the camper for the night. 

I ❤ Bandera! 

I'm always sad when I have to leave here...but the next phase of the vacation was coming up. Morning coffee with a friend, a last walk along the river then another pack up of the camper and I was on my way again.  I think next trip, I'll just stay in town longer.

Bandera Pioneer RV River Resort, Bandera, TX

1202 Maple Street, Bandera, TX 78003
Bandera County

Type of Park: Private-owned
11/18-19/21 - 1 Night

Check In: 1p    Check Out: 12p

⛺ Site #61 - Pull-Thru

💲38.70 per night - Good Sam Discount saved $4.30 (10%)
• Water
• 20/30/50 amp
• Sewer
• Picnic Table
• Site Pad: Gravel

👍🏻 Pros:

• Next to Medina River. It's low now, but can flood quickly - check the weather
• Pull-thru sites are always nice

👎🏻 Cons:

• Pull-thru sites are very close together (back-in spots closer to the river have more space)
• The power pole was at the front end of the site. Had to pull forward, unhitch and pull behind

📑 Park Notes: 

• Dump Station
• Restrooms / Bath House
• Laundry
• RV Supplies
• Swimming Pool
• Community Center
• Cabins for rent
• Can walk under the road to access Bandera City Park
• Walking distance to shops, restaurants and bars in town
• They do a big Thanksgiving dinner for park guests

Boondocking Near Bandera

After leaving Texas 281 RV Park, I headed for Phase 2 of my Hill Country vacation to a Boondockers Welcome site near Lake Medina. It was a nice spot near a hill top and was nice and quiet. I actually had full hookups there! It was a bit of steep driveway getting to the site and the parking spot was a tight squeeze, but I got Matilda Mae in and all set up...and then I had to backup about 3 more fee so the sewer hose would reach. The land owners were off on their own adventure, but they video-chatted with me so I could get the utilities turned on.  There were several trails on the property and with just a short walk, I had a nice open view of the nearby hills. There were also several deer that I saw during my stay. 

After I got set up, I drove the backroads to get to Bandera. MY HAPPY PLACE! I actually visited a few shops (and for those that know me, that's saying a LOT about how relaxed I was). Then I headed down to Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar for the Sunday afternoon Jam Session. I love it on "off" times when there's not a ton of people in town. I enjoy just being relaxed with no set schedules. I hit up OST Restaurant for supper. Yum - as usual!

I spent most of my week hanging out with the locals there in Arkey's each evening, including the man himself. There was a couple of impromptu jam sessions around the main table during the week and it was a lot of fun. It was cool to have everyone in the bar singing "Bring Back My Bonnie To Me".  A couple of us made a short visit to 11th Street Cowboy Bar one night where one of the band members played the washtub. 

Other good eats on this trip:

Monday, I took a drive to Comfort to go hang out at the Cartoon Saloon until it got dark enough to see the lights they recently put up for their induction into the Chamber of Commerce. There was a nice breeze blowing most of the afternoon. The Mayor of Toonstone says y'all need to come by and stay for a while. Bring your own beverages or get some of theirs and make a donation. 

Then it was back to Bandera. There's LOTS of deer on the road at night and I took it slow on the way back to the camper each night. Rut is on!

My parents drove out on Tuesday afternoon for a mini vacation to look at the Fall colors in the Hill Country, and on Wednesday, I took them for a drive out past Medina on Ranch Road 337 towards Leakey, a short jot over to Lost Maples State Natural Area (sadly, a lot of the leave have already dropped) then down past Garner State Park and around to Utopia and Tarpley and back to Bandera. 

I LOVE that drive! I truly think the Hill Country is God's Country. Lots of folks do it on two-wheels, but we did the 4-wheel option. It's part of the Twisted Sisters route. Lots of curves and hills and great views. 

We stopped for lunch at the Bear's Den in Leakey and also checked out their market. There's a good mix of a convenience store, local foods and gifts. We also went by to check out the Historic Leakey Inn. A friend of mine plays at both of these places on weekends and recommended them to us. Good suggestion. I love checking out new places. Adventures await!

After dinner at TJ's and a few beers at Arkey's, I was ready for a good night's sleep back at the camper. Long, but great, day!

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