Austin - Van Horn, Texas
I hear there's a lot of traffic in Austin, and we drive through several miles of it when we arrive at Austin Lone Pine RV Park on Thursday. The park is well maintained with some of the friendliest staff we've met. It is a great location for our needs at a reasonable price, although the sites don't have much space. Hedges in between make it feel more private, and other than some noise from the Interstate, it is nice and quiet.
Piper is filthy from driving on rain-wet roads and I really need a haircut - so I run out to take care of both things in the afternoon. The streets are so busy!
We only have one full day here, wanting to visit with a friend I worked with in Sacramento. Friday we pick a couple things to check out downtown.
|HOPE Outdoor Gallery - buy paint on-site and add your own art|
|Layers of vivid color|
|The "pieces" change regularly|
|Can't go to Austin without enjoying one of the many food trucks!|
|So much to watch in the SoCo neighborhood|
|Gourmet grilled cheese - most excellent!|
|The beautiful capitol is one of the largest we've seen, but the color makes it look like primer waiting for the white paint.|
|Un-named piece by Constance Whitney Warren presented to Texas as a tribute to the rough and romantic riders of the range on January 17, 1925|
|The capitol grounds have several beautiful statues, this amazing memorial is my favorite.|
|A diverse history|
Fortunately the place we're meeting Kelli and her family is only two miles from our park. It takes 20 minutes to get there.
|Even the telephone lines are congested with birds|
Our initial plan was to stop in San Antonio for a couple nights, but with high winds expected and the NFL playoffs on Sunday we decide to just move west to Junction.
The drive through the hill country and the cute German town of Fredericksburg on Saturday morning is so pretty!! More goats than cows, and dozens of vineyards, it is very different than any area we've seen in Texas.
The wind is already blowing when we pull into the Junction North Llano RV Park. We have a level site with a paver patio and two large Adirondack chairs, a rock fire pit and BBQ. Numerous trees throughout the park are bare and the river access is through thick rocks, but it still "feels" very nice here. The staff are fun and the grounds well maintained.
|Nice sites, too windy to enjoy|
|Rocky shores of the low Llano River|
|Thanks Baby :-))))|
We pull into Mountain View RV Park along the Interstate about 4:30. All large pull-throughs with direct access to open desert, we stay hooked-up and enjoy our view of real mountains!! Being back in the Creosote-filled desert makes me soooo happy - feels like home :-)))
|Just what we need in Van Horn, Texas|
|Ahhhh - the smell of Creosote :-)|
|If my legs were this long I could actually reach all the shelves in the motorhome|
|So happy to stretch out after 320 miles!|
Tuesday morning we pull out as the sun rises.