Been off line while in Big Bend over Thanksgiving
Wonderful Thanksgiving weekend in Big Bend National Park ... no cell, no Internet service. Shared a pot luck Thanksgiving dinner with Andrea and Vince, a young tent-camping couple from Maine. They had been traveling for months with their huge St. Bernard puppy a
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Big Bend National Park RV, tent campgrounds busy during 2009 Thanksgiving weekend
The Thanksgiving holiday is always a busy time at Big Bend National Park. The National Park Service operates three developed frontcountry campgrounds. Limited campsites at Rio Grande Village and Chisos Basin campgrounds are reservable November 15-April 15. A conces
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Seminole Canyon State Park southwest Texas surprise
Arrived at the Seminole Canyon State Park and Historical Site late yesterday afternoon in time to go on a six-mile bike ride along the Rio Grande River (loop) Trail. It was a very challenging ride for me because more than 3/4 of the 'dirt' trail was composed of rutte
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Texas' South Llano River State Park a keeper
I was prepared not to be impressed with South Llano River (Texas) State Park (about 150 miles west of Austin and 5 miles south of I-10 and Junction) ... much of the park is closed this time of year to public access because of the annual Turkey Roost ... cutting off the
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Looking at Texas' South Llano River & Seminole Canyon State Parks for stopovers
Researching Texas State Parks along our route from Austin to Big Bend National Park and spotted two that look like possible camping stopovers. South Llano River (Texas) State Park (top) is located where the South Llano River flows along the western edge of the "Tex
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In Austin, early Thanksgiving with family
Taking a couple of down days in Austin, visiting family for an early Thanksgiving ... back on road first part of next week ... heading to Big Bend National Park.
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Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park RV Campground, Hill Country Texas near Fredericksburg
What a find for traveling Snowbirds. The Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park is located in the middle of the Texas Hill Country, just three miles south of Fredericksburg, TX, on State Highway 16. On the mid-November day Jimmy and I pulled into the RV campground aroun
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Like other things -- city, state campgrounds aren't as 'cheap' as they used to be
Stayed night-before-last at Harry McAdams Park in Hobbs, NM. It was listed in "Free Campgrounds" (published in 2007) as a New Mexico State Park with 47 sites. At one time it was, but, according to the campground host, the park changed hands a few years back and became
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Carlsbad Caverns, 116 impressive holes in the ground
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, out in the middle of almost nowhere, is one heck of a destination.Passing "through the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas—filled with prickly pear, chollas, sotols and agaves—you might
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Philip Girardi on his slow way to Texas Coast
While bicycling through the Brantley Lake State Park Campground (north of Carlsbad, NM) on Monday, we spotted an encampment with one intriguing 'recreational' vehicle.Phiip Girardi of Santa Fe, NM, has rigged out a 25-year-old BCA Sunshine bicycle with a Crystalyte el
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