Mother's Day 2024

๐Ÿ•️ Mother's Day Camping ๐Ÿ’

Dates: ๐ŸŒฑ May 10-11 , 2024
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Buescher State Park 

Smithville, TX

Check In: 2 pm   Check Out: 12 pm
๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿ’ผ Staff was friendly and helpful
✔️ ๐Ÿšป Restrooms
✔️ ๐Ÿšฟ Showers
✔️ ๐Ÿ’ฉ Dump Station
✔️ ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿป‍♀️๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป‍♀️ Trails - hilly
✔️ ๐ŸŒŠ Lake access - fishing, canoe rentals
✔️ ๐Ÿš Cabins
✔️ ๐Ÿ›’ Store

๐Ÿ“‹ Site #27

๐Ÿ”™ Back In
๐Ÿ…ฟ Site Pad: level, concrete, barely long enough for trailer, perpendicular to the road. 
↔ Spacing: Spacious on the driver side, semi-close on the camping side, but dense brush between. Park Host site is on the camping side, but empty and "Off Duty" so no close neighbors
๐ŸŒณ Partial Sun
๐Ÿ’ง Water
✔️ ⚡ Electric 20/30
❌ ๐Ÿ’ฉ Sewer
✔️ ๐Ÿ”ฅ Fire Ring w/Grate
✔️ Picnic Table on concrete, wood with metal legs


•❗#27 is a very tight spot to get into. Perpendicular to the road. Brush and trees are right up to the road on the opposite side. Not much room to pull up and back. Site pad is concrete and wide enough. Barely long enough for my 27' trailer. I had to pull the truck sideways across the end and it stuck out into the road a little bit. The back end of the pad drops off about a foot so you have to watch where you are going. The table and fire ring are down a slope. The site is completely surrounded by small trees and yaupons. Green all around, but not much room to open the door and go out. Get as far to the utility side as possible.
• Very few spots are "big rig" friendly

Regular cost per night $23
Discounts: Texas Parks Pass
My total cost for 2 nights: $27 = Avg $13.50/night

๐Ÿš˜146.6 miles round trip - 9.15 mph

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Highlights of this trip๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Why I went: To camp, hike, bike, relax
 ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป Who I went with: Solo
 ๐Ÿ‘€ Things I saw: Pines are growing back, Cedar Elms have lovely Spanish Moss on them, the drive between Buescher and Bastrop is still a nice drive
๐Ÿฆ Wildlife I encountered: White-eyed Vireo, Cardinals, Chuck Will's Widow, Squirrels 
๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿป‍♀️Trails I walked: Pine Gulch-Barred Owl Path 1.27 mi, along the Colorado River (0.5 mi)
๐Ÿšต๐Ÿป‍♀️ Trails I biked: Just on the road. Loop around the lake 2.6 mi
๐Ÿฝ Where I ate: El Mexicano Grill, Neighbor's Kitchen & Yard - BIG wings, nice view of the Colorado River
๐Ÿ“š What I learned: Better to drive around the loop to the right and back in to the left. It's pronounced Bisher, not Bewsher.
๐Ÿ˜ฎ A surprising moment: The ranger didn't show up for the guided walk, so I joined a young family and we did our own walk. Many people at home and across Texas saw the Northern Lights, but I missed it. 
๐Ÿ™ƒ An unforeseeable moment:  Chiggers! Forecast didn't look good for the morning and I wanted to be home for Mother's Day, so I left around 7:30 pm. 
๐Ÿ›️ My favorite souvenir: A new stamp in my camping books and a park scratched off my Texas Parks map, medallion for my walking stick

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