My First Boondockers Welcome Stay

This was my first time to be a guest at a Boondockers Welcome site. They have been combined into the new Harvest Hosts site and it is not as conducive to hosts as the BW app was, but since this was a public place with a Website and Facebook Page, I was able to talk to the host and secure a spot anyway. The host and staff were very pleasant and laid back. 

Boondockers Welcome allows you stay at over 2000 locations across the US at homes, farms, businesses, etc. for no extra charge (except maybe a few dollars if hookups are available). Click the link above for 15% off your membership. Ask me about my host site in Burleson County, Texas.

4C Market and Brew Barn - Gause, TX
Milam County
Type of Park: Boondockers Welcome
Oct 9-10 - 1 Nights

💲 15/per night for hookups
  • 30 amp only - a heavy duty extension cord like I have
  • The neighbors had the hose if I had needed to top off my tank
  • Site Pad: Grass. Had a little difficulty finding a level spot

👍🏻 Pros:

  • My site was mostly surrounded by trees and brush, secluded, quiet
  • Cedar Elm trees will be changing colors soon

👎🏻 Cons:

• No water connection or dump station - but it is Boondocking, so… 

📝 "Park" Notes: 

• You are free to drive or roam around the property
• If a gate is closed, be sure to close it back
• Don't mess with the animals
• They have a small above-ground pool if you desire
• There are tables on the porch, picnic tables on the grounds and a hammock
• Locals come by just to get food at the Market
• There is a Munzee here now

🐦 Wildlife and Livestock:

  • Birds
  • Chickens
  • Cows
  • Horses
  • Dog
  • Cat

💜 Highlights:

  • The market has fresh milk, eggs, yogurt, etc. 
    •  Get milk in quart or gallon jars. Bring the jars back for refills
  • Frozen meat - bacon, steaks, pork chops, etc.
  • Some crafty items
  • Several craft beers available on tap- I tried the Blonde
  • Limited menu, but very good homemade food
    • I had a big soft pretzel, bread pudding and brisket-filled baked potato
  • Nice older kitten in the market

Bad Day on the Farm

It's cotton harvest time in the Brazos Valley and it's been going pretty well up until Wednesday. The harvest came to a screeching halt about 3:30 in the afternoon. Daddy was running the module builder, my cousin was on the boll buggy and my uncle was driving the picker. 

The picker was way down on the far end of the field and my cousin was on the way to go pick up the cotton from the basket. He saw smoke coming from behind the cab and called my uncle to shut it down and get off. Shortly after, the entire machine was engulfed in flames. 

Luckily, no one was hurt! They had recently filled it with grease to keep all the parts lubricated and it was pretty full of fuel. The gas tank was plastic so it didn't explode, but when it melted, it turned into an inferno and was further fueled by the grease. The basket was full of cotton and it all on fire. The smoke could be seen for miles.

Snook and Somerville Volunteer Firefighters came out to assist. God bless them too! They made a good path to the picker with the large trucks and put out what they could. They all decided to let the cotton in the basket burn itself out or it would have been a mushy mess. 

As you can see in this photo to the right, the cab and the seat where my uncle sat is no longer in existence. There's nothing like the smell of rubber tires and a bunch of cotton burning!

The guys are either going to have to hire someone to get the rest of their cotton out (over 125 acres) or get help or it's going to sit. There's no salvaging this. 

I gathered up my Mama and some bottles of water and headed to the field as soon as we got the word.They all just looked like they had the starch taken out of them and it was shaping up to be a nice harvest too. So heart-breaking!

So what does a Farmer's Daughter do when her Daddy's cotton picker goes up in flames?  She makes him a big pot of comfort food of course - aka Chicken & Dumplings. I know he enjoyed it, but it wasn't exactly a celebratory meal. God bless the farmers! 🚜

KBTX, our local CBS station out of Bryan/College Station, didn't make it out to the field in time for good footage, but they were able to use some of our photos in the evening newscast. Not something you see everyday. Thank the Lord!

Colorado Landing RV Park

Camped at this RV park in La Grange, TX with several friends for the weekend so we could go to the Jeff Woolsey/Rocky King Band Battle Dance. The campground was nice and quiet and we were able to just relax and enjoy ourselves. It was not far from the Fayette County Fairgrounds. 

Colorado Landing RV Park - La Grange

64 E Bluff Vw, La Grange, TX
Fayette County
(979) 968-9465

Oct 1-2, 2021 - 2 Nights
Type of Park: Private-owned
Check In: 1 pm    Check Out: 12 pm

Site #73 - Pull Thru

$45 per night regular / $40 GS / $36 Rally
Discounts: Good Sam or Rally rate with 6 RVs or more

• Water
• 20/30/50 amp
• Sewer
• Extended Cable TV
• Grill
• Picnic Table
• Site Pad: Gravel, level

👍🏻 Pros:

• Pull-thru sites closest to the Colorado River
• Across from the pool

👎🏻 Cons:

• No direct access to get in the river. It drops off too much.
• The back portion of the site got a lot of afternoon sun

📝 Park Notes: 

• Dump Station
• Wifi
• Propane sold onsite per pound. Site pickup/dropoff
• Swimming Pool
• Community Center with Laundry facility (1 washer/ 1 dryer), kitchen, showers/bathroom
• Pets on leash, big dog park
• Made reservations early, paid when we arrived
• We got a group rate which was even cheaper than the Good Sam discount
• The picnic tables were hand-painted with various designs

🐦 Wildlife:

• Birds
• Deer
• Squirrels

💜 Highlights:

  • Relaxing afternoon/mornings with friends
  • Deer in the park, including a nice buck
  • Local lady selling delicious tamales
  • Restaurants close by
  • Close to the Fayette County Fairgrounds
  • Morning coffee followed by late breakfast/brunch
  • 👢 The bands were awesome and it's great when they are all on stage together
  • The dancehall was HOT and HUMID. No breeze was blowing that night. 🥵

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