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!