Camping on Father's Day Weekend

Big Creek Resort, Marina & Campground, Lake Somerville

This park is one of the closest ones to home and I find myself out here quite often. It mostly has water and electric sites (and some primitive camping). There are a handful of full hookup sites. The lake was up a few feet on this trip - so watch for displaced wildlife, especially the slithery kind. This 80s-90s loop was quieter than the marina side. They were packed! It was nice being able to work remotely out here on a weekday (brought my own wifi hotspot).


North Shore, Park Road 4
979-596-1616

Type of Park: Private-owned
Check In: 4p    Check Out: 3p

June 17-20, 2021 - 3 Nights

Site #99 - Back-In

💲30 per night ($90 total)
  • Water
  • 20/30 amp
  • Grill
  • Picnic Table
  • Hook on pole for light, etc
  • Very close to restrooms/showers

👍🏻 Pros:

  • No trees to avoid
  • Good area for camping in groups
  • Good view of the Lake. Site is almost parallel with the Lake instead of perpendicular like most of the other sites. Camper faces setting sun. 
  • Close to good swimming areas

👎🏻 Cons:

  • No shade
  • Fire ring was missing
  • Watch for the old tree stump near the site pad. I usually put the leveling blocks on it for a visual reminder not to step on it.

📝 Park Notes: 

  • Gates closed and locked from midnight to 6 am on weekends. Closed at 10 pm on week days. 
  • Can bring golf carts, ATV's (machines with steering wheels, not handle bars)
  • Dump Station - a little hard to get to for big rigs. Also hard to leave the park from there. You may have to go back into the park to turn around.
  • Park Store - has fishing bait and supplies, too 
  • Sites on this loop have crushed granite in the pad sites
  • Cabins and lower levels of stairs have been repaired
  • There is a Places Munzee here

🦌 Wildlife:

  • Birds: Mockingbirds, Kite, Killdeer, Great Egret, Redwing Blackbirds, Mallards
  • Deer
  • Frogs (including a bullfrog)
  • 🐍 Snakes - non-poisonous, but be aware of their presence
🚘 20.5 miles round trip - 10.2 mph
 

Thursday


Got to the park a little after 6:30 and got set up pretty quick. Backed her like a boss! #LocationUpdated Went down to the store to check in and drove around a little bit. The Lake is up a few feet from normal. A couple of sites on the next loop are under water. Saw a deer on the way back to the campsite. Some of the tables have been removed and they're all stacked up by the restrooms near the front. Maybe they're going to be replacing some of them. Sat outside enjoying the night until the mosquitoes ran me in. There are only two other RVs on this loop tonight. It's very peaceful and quiet. I love it!



There's a Killdeer that has made her nest just outside of the site pad. Be careful where you walk/drive right now. I hope they make it so she can hatch them out. 

Friday

Woke up early about 6:00 a.m.  Yes, I know I'm supposed to be on vacation, but tell that to my body clock. Made my coffee and went outside to see the natural world wake up. Of course it was up already. I love mornings in the campground and at the lake.  The birds are singing and the fish are jumping. Had some Mallards come in really close. There's a bullfrog calling. Sounds like home. 

Clocked into work and worked until about 2 o’clock. I sat outside the whole time in the shade of the awning. It was nice. I had to get my little fan out just to keep the flies down though. Watch for fire ants! They swarm over any little crumb. Don't set your drink on the ground. My brother stopped by and helped up the canopy. I went down to the water for a while with my creek chair (works in the lake too).

Mama and Daddy came out and we sat in the water for a little while and took a drive around the park. We had hamburgers for supper and a nice visit and then they went home. Daddy seemed to really enjoy himself out there - a little early Father's Day. It was good to see him relax.

Saturday 

I got up and made my coffee and then made a big breakfast. I was gonna save it for leftovers but there was a young couple nearby that was just getting up so I offered it to them. 

Floated in the lake for a while. Saw 2 snakes in the water. One was very close so I figured it was time to get out. In the afternoon, I went to our LaBahia Chapter NSPSOT's Plant Swap on the other side of the lake. Nice place! Came back with lots of plants and a full belly. It was a busy day, plus quite a bit of sun, so I called it an early night. 

Sunday

Cereal and muffin for breakfast - fast and easy. Went home to change clothes for church since it was Father's Day. Had steaks at Daddy's for lunch. My brother and son came out. too My brother went with me to get the camper and canopy right at check-out time. Luckily no one was in line at the dump station. It was HOT and HUMID. Nice weekend.

💡 I really need to try sites 93 and 95 as they have a little bit of shade. So sad that they have lost so many of their trees. 


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My First Boondockers

 I recently signed up as a guest and host on the Boondockers Welcome site. For hosting, it's like you are a mini RV park and you offer a place for someone to camp for up to 5 nights (host's choice). It started as a full boondockers site where the RVer would be totally self-contained, but several hosts offer some hookups.  At my site, I offer a 30-amp hookup and water if needed. I am on the farm and there are several things to do in this area. This is NativTxn's Blackland Prairie. #ThisIsBoondockersWelcome


I got a request a week or so ago from a couple that would be going to an event and I was a good halfway stop. This was the first place they had tried to stay through the program, so we were both Boondockers Welcome virgins so to speak. We had a little conversation on hookup needs, dates and such and I accepted the request. After confirming the height of their rig, I gave them directions from where they were coming, which included a single-lane bridge just over 11' high. 

Joe & Julie (they gave me permission to use their name and photo) arrived about the time they said they would and got their rig set up and had to leave quickly to get to their event for the evening. By the time they returned, I was already in the night, so I left them to their own. 


I tend to be an early riser, so I got up and made my coffee and went out to the porch and to walk around the yard like I normally do and they were up too. We had a nice visit over coffee and I gave them a few options of things to see on their route home. They said they enjoyed the stars and the sound of all the frogs when they came in and all the birds in the morning. Timing was good for this stay. As my first guests, I wanted to give them something extra and we had just picked, cleaned and packaged some sweet corn this past week right from the field so I gave them a package to take home. I also mentioned the beautiful patch of sunflowers in full bloom in the area. It's a great photo op right now. 

Photograph them, but don't pick or trample them. This is a farmer's cash crop.

I had to clock into work and get my day started so I left them along to prep their rig for travel so they could head out on their adventure for the day. Julie was the first one to fill out one of the log sheets in my (hopefully-growing) collection. I enjoyed having them here and would gladly host them again. The driveway seems so empty now, but I'll put Matilda Mae back in her spot and wait for my next Boondocker coming in next week. This could be a fun adventure of meeting and greeting RVers and their rigs. Can't wait to make my first trip as a guest!



Memorial Day Weekend

 First and foremost....


Here’s to the families of those that didn’t make it home. I know it’s not a “Happy” Memorial Day, but I thank you for your sacrifice and for your loved ones that served our country. God bless! 🤗

I took some time off for the weekend and headed for one of my favorite places...the Texas Hill Country. 💕 I got off work a little early on Thursday and ran home to change and load everything. Headed out towards Wimberley and made the trek along the Devil's Backbone headed west and made it the Devil's Backbone Tavern in one shot. It was 2 1/2 hour drive. Grabbed a beer and checked out the place. Talked to a guy from Maine and told him about the bats in Austin where he was headed. He asked if bats were a "thing". I explained that it's a BIG thing around here. 🦇 

Got back on the road and made it to The Cocky Rooster Bar in Comfort by 8:00 pm. It was a nice drive, but a little overcast. I love the hills! Had a light mist by the time I got to Comfort. Met my good friend at the Rooster and we hung out there most of the night. He's the "Mayor" of Toonstone and it was so good to see him again.

Friday

Got up and had coffee, then went to Kerrville to the Save Inn Restaurant for breakfast. Went to The Cartoon Saloon for a little while. I love this little tourist stop! It's just north of Comfort on RR 473. Go check it out and tell them I sent you!

 It was misty raining again so we went north to visit friends a little ways up the road. We hung out there for quite a while under the garage overhang. They made a pork loin and ribs. More tall tales ensued... 😂 

We stopped by the James Kiehl River Bend Park by the old railroad tracks to take pictures but couldn't stay long because it was raining. I LOVE the sound of the water bubbling downstream! 

We went back to the Rooster for drinks. Got some food from the Food Truck there and a wonderful Oreo Cookie Pie that Wendy made. 😋 You gotta try it! It POURED down raining and we had lots of lightning like a strobe light. No steak night that night! 🌩


Saturday


I headed to Bandera for the Memorial Day Parade. It was nice and sunny. Met up with with a friend from our Campin' and Dancin' group and went to 11th Street Cowboy Bar for Donice Morace. He plays pretty good music! More of our friends showed up and we stayed there a while. 

It was the early show in early afternoon. It was HOT and HUMID and no breeze blowing. We were all playing hide and seek from the sun under the beach umbrellas over the tables. The heat and the street tacos didn't set well with me. Ugh! 🤢


Went down to see Justin Trevino at Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar (one of my very favorite places). There's just something about going down those stairs into a great old Honky Tonk! 💕 It was cooler there, but the tacos were working on me.

I went back to Comfort for a while to relax and cool off. Went back to River Bend Park at the Guadalupe and watched, listened and sat in the water a bit. It was muddied and flowing fast but it was slowly going down. River therapy accomplished!


I got ready and headed back to Bandera to see Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley. There were both really good, even at their age. It was cool to see them in person. Another band came on after them on the small stage and they played good music too. I had to leave to go back to Comfort. Uh-oh...one of my tires is getting low!

Sunday

I found a nail in my tire and had to go to Manuel's Tire Shop first thing for a patch. At least it was an interesting stop. They had a very large cage with a multitude of birds - peacocks, macaws, lovebirds, chickens... 

I tried to locate a couple of geocaches with no luck, but I put out a Munzee. Went over to The Cartoon Saloon to do a few things and dug up a few of the Twist-leaf Yuccas to take home and found a nice piece of cedar to add a visual interest to my "Campsite" at the house.


Then we headed to Alamo Springs Café for lunch. The burger was HUGE and so good! Fries were tasty. The Chicken Fried Steak wasn't a disappointment either. There's a good reason they have been featured on Texas Country Reporters and other Texas hot spot shows. They are popular, so don't expect an in & out experience. They are right next to the Old Tunnel State Park. Did I mention that bats were a THING in Texas?! The Saloon is just down the road, so there's several things to do in that area off Old 9 Road. 

Phil & Stacy from You, Me & the RV (Today is Someday) and their friends met us at the Cafe. It was their friend's birthday and they brought mini "Nothing Bundt Cakes" cupcakes for dessert. 😋 Brian, the owner of ASC, give him a cap for a birthday gift. We sat around for a good while listening to their Navy stories and cracking up. So glad Goofy is OK!  They followed us to The Cartoon Saloon and checked out some of JP Rankin's creations. He's the Cartoon Cowboy and one of the partners in the Saloon project. They did some filming around the location and even did a segment with me. Look for their sticker in the guest book. I'm their first "Insider" to meet in the wild and I think the Hill Country definitely qualifies as "the wild". They are super great people and a lot of fun to hang out with. I'm so glad it worked out for us to meet in person. Safe travels when y'all get back to it! Speedy healing Phil. Hope to do it again. Check out their video of their adventures in the Hill Country. I was so glad I got to join in for part of the fun! 

Check out the YouTube video from You, Me & the RV about their adventures in this area. 


After they left, it started to rain and some of us holed up in the Saloon building to escape the downpour. We went back to my friend's place and finally had our grilled steaks. 🥩 YUM! He did a great job! It started to rain while he was out there, but he was able to finish up in time. Yes, the weather has been spitting on most of this trip, but there have been some really fun times in spite of it. 

Monday

After getting gas for the trip home, I went by the Hygieostatic Bat Roost and captured another Munzee. Yes...more bat stuff! 🦇  DNF'd a couple geocaches (and I gave them a good long look). 😡 Put out a Munzee though. Went to The Cartoon Saloon for a while. I hated to leave my COMFORT zone!  BTW, Paulie...Maroon & White trumps Purple & Gold! 👍🏻

I got on the road and decided to drop down and hit 46 and go through Gruene on the way home. That town was BUSY on Memorial Day! Hit heavy traffic on I-35 between New Braunfels and San Marcos. TERRIBLE standstill traffic in Bastrop. I've never seen it that bad. Took almost 5 hours to get home when it normally takes about 3 1/2 hours. Ugh! 

530 miles for the entire trip. Lots of back and forth, but I love the drives and the hills. They do something great for my soul. I did this trip without the camper, but it was nice not to have to tow it...especially with the holiday traffic. 

My son was at my parent's house when I got home. We don't take your typical family photos, can't you tell? 😂 Had some leftover fajitas for late lunch/early supper (since I got so delayed) and hung out with Colton a while until he left. Unloaded everything and crashed.

 All-in-all, it was a great long weekend and I got to do everything I wanted...except those darn geocaches.  Next trip...



There are cool painted rocks at The Cartoon Saloon. This one was featured in Phil and Stacy's video. Great minds think alike! 

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