Texas Two Step

We spent our first 2 weeks in Texas at the Thousand Trails park at Lake Conroe in Willis Texas. From there we headed to the Thousand Trails at the Colorado River in Columbus Texas. We decided to take backroads as it was only a 120 or so mile travel day and we were pleasantly surprised and saw some nice scenery at a much easier pace.  We only booked at Colorado River for 2 days and almost as soon as we got there, wished we had booked a longer stay!  This was a nice park, well kept and we managed a spot right on the river’s edge! Literally had the sound of rushing waters of the Colorado River out the bedroom window at night.

Our site at Thousand Trails Colorado River, Columbus, TX
Our site at Thousand Trails Colorado River, Columbus, TX
View of our campsite from over the Colorado River (we are 3rd from right)
View of our campsite from over the Colorado River (we are 3rd from right)
View of our campsite at the Colorado River (we are 3rd from left)
View of our campsite at the Colorado River (we are 3rd from left)

With 2 nights, we only had 1 full day at that park. With that 1 day, we decided to ride over to Lockhart Texas, proclaimed BBQ capital of Texas by their legislature! We had a great day in Lockhart and went to Kreuz’s BBQ (pronounced “kroyt-zes”). Fantastic BBQ with NO sauce! They say they don’t need to “hide” their BBQ in sauces.

Lunch at Kreuz's BBQ, Lockhart, TX
Lunch at Kreuz’s BBQ, Lockhart, TX
We had some amazing BBQ here.
We had some amazing BBQ here.
Sign at Kreuz's BBQ
Sign at Kreuz’s BBQ

We went around town looking at all things “Lockhart” and taking a ton of pics. On the way home we saw some parachutes coming down and stopped to grab a few photos of them. image image imageThen a local farmer’s market to buy some local pecans. And of course at Colorado River CG, there were tons of deer roaming the property! We got some good photos of them but they kept their distance. We were also parked in a grove of pecan trees. Our rig was right under a huge pecan tree and a couple dropped during the night with a big thud on the coach roof!

A bucket of pecans picked from the ground around the coach at Colorado River TT.
A bucket of pecans picked from the ground around the coach at Colorado River TT.

On Tuesday, 11/22 we left the Colorado River TT and headed for Lakehills, Texas and Medina Lake Campground. It was about 160 miles and mostly on I-10. We arrived to find they only had 3-4 50 amp spots, so we looked them over and chose the one we liked and got setup.

Our back in site at Thousand Trails Medina Lake, Lakehills, Texas
Our back in site at Thousand Trails Medina Lake, Lakehills, Texas

We immediately started seeing deer everywhere! They were very close to the rig! We also rode our bikes down to the lake (about 1/2 mile as this park is huge!) and saw a gorgeous sunset.

Sunset on Lake Medina.
Sunset on Lake Medina.

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On Thanksgiving we went with our “next door neighbors” Frank and Karra, (who are from NH!) down to the activity center here at the park where they put on a very nice Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Desserts were “pot luck” and attendees all brought one which was cool to have a wide variety of things to choose from.

Thanksgiving dinner at the campground.
Thanksgiving dinner at the campground.

Saturday after Turkey day we took a drive over to Boerne where they were getting right into the Christmas spirit with an open market which was sort of like a fair atmosphere. We wandered around a couple hours, had a bite to eat and bought a big bag of kettle korn for the road. We also stopped to check out Ancira RV, a large dealer who sells Newmar & Tiffin coaches as well as others. Then before heading home, hit the local HEB+ in Boerne. They had Christmas trees for sale marked with “low prices” signs… you be the judge on that! Ouch!

New Newmar coaches at Ancira RV in Boerne TX. Fun to look and it's free!
New Newmar coaches at Ancira RV in Boerne TX. Fun to look and it’s free!
"Low price" Christmas tree at an HEB store in Boerne, TX
“Low price” Christmas tree at an HEB store in Boerne, TX
Salmon burgers from HEB. We tried them once before and loved them. Delicious!
Salmon burgers from HEB. We tried them once before and loved them. Delicious!

At the local Lakehills True Value, I had bought a string of solar rope lights for some ambient evening lighting around the coach and a Quartz heater. They also had bags of “apple scented corn” for deer at $2 for a gallon sized ziplock bag. I can tell you that’s the cheapest entertainment we’ve had in a long time as the deer here love it and one doe actually came up ate right out of my hand. The bucks are a little more shy… the more horn they have the further they keep their distance. What fun though! I’ll post a movie of feeding them when we have wifi again.

Our new solar rope light for a little after dark ambient lighting outside the coach.
Our new solar rope light for a little after dark ambient lighting outside the coach.
This doe was the boldest of all and was not shy about getting her share of corn!
This doe was the boldest of all and was not shy about getting her share of corn!
She wasn't going to go away and wanted the whole bag of corn!
She wasn’t going to go away and wanted the whole bag of corn!
One of our favorite visitors at Medina lake. We named him "holy" as he had a hole in his side, supposedly from getting caught in a garden shed and panicked. But it was getting better by the time we left.
One of our favorite visitors at Medina lake. We named him “holy” as he had a hole in his side, supposedly from getting caught in a garden shed and panicked. But it was getting better by the time we left.
Cruising by by on the San Antonio River walk.
Cruising by by on the San Antonio River walk.
Cruising by by on the San Antonio River walk.
Cruising by by on the San Antonio River walk.

Many more pictures of our River Walk adventures and other things on my Smugmug photo page for Texas here.