Tuesday, October 25, 2022

2022 - Texas Fall Trip






 We left home on Friday, September 16, 2022.  We spent two nights at Canal Campground on Lake Barkley.  On Saturday night my college roommate from our freshman year at Trinity University drove over from Franklin, TN and we had dinner at a place called Patti's 1800 Settlement.


 Canal Campground (COE) Lake Barkley, Cumberland River


Maumelle Park (COE) Little Rock AR, Arkansas River

We spent the next 2 nights at Maumelle Park, on the Arkansas River.  This park is near Little Rock, AR

Clear Spring Campground Corp. of Engineers (COE), Texas

Wright Patman Lake just SW of Texarkana, TX


 Airport Campground (COE) Lake Waco


Magnolia Table

Magnolia Silos


Baylor University

The Waco Mammoth National Monument was five minutes from our campsite.  This was an interesting stop

Cattle Drive along the Brazos River.  Unfortunately the foot bridge was closed for renovations


  Brazos River, Waco, TX





Clint Harp of Fixer Upper fame and the new Magnolia Network show Restoration Road



The Castle that Chip & Joanna Gaines are re-modeling.  There is a new Magnolia show on this project

George W. Bush Ranch, Crawford, TX

McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, TX

Cyprus Trees

Susan's nephew Chris and his girlfriend Heather spent a day grilling and chilling

We spent the next afternoon at Susan's nephews house outside Austin and celebrate their older sons birthday early. They prepared Sunday brunch and we spent the day visiting.

Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, TX


 Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Fredericksburg, TX


On the drive back to Inks Lake we took the Willow Loop.  This drive is a must in the spring during Blue Bonnet season

Famous Blue Bonnet Cafe.  We had lunch and picked up a couple of slices of pie for dinner.  Susan picked Lemon Meringue and I picked out Pecan Pie

Our next destination was San Antonio, TX for five nights.  Susan's older sister, Bobbe and her husband hosted a 70th Birthday Party for Susan and her twin sister, Sally.  Three of Susan's nephews came, including her niece from Chico, CA, who surprised everyone.  It was a fun time and the twins thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  We met one of my college teammates/groomsman and the widow of another teammate in New Braunfels for lunch.  We also had dinner with another teammate/roommate/groomsman and his wife at their home.  It was nice catching up.

Bill Daffin and Beverly Stanley - Lunch at Willie' Grill &s Ice House in New Braunfels, TX

We spent a fun evening with The Mayo's Brian was my roommate, teammate, and groomsman in our wedding.

San Antonio / Alamo KOA

San Antonio River walk

Tower of the Americas from the 1968 Worlds Fair

Trinity University, San Antonio

 Chapel where Susan and I were married

Rose Garden

Shilos is a favorite stopping place for breakfast or lunch, a German-Texan restaurant opened in 1917


70th Birthday Celebration.  We all met for lunch at a wonderful Mexican Restaurant.  Unfortunately nobody thought to take a picture


Galveston Island State Park

After 5 wonderful days in San Antonio we headed to Galveston Island for the next 6 nights at Galveston Island State Parks newly renovated beach side campground.

Susan's twin sister had us over for lunch for enchaladas

Grand Galvez Hotel.  A favorite when not camping.  This hotel was built in 1911.


 Sunrise over the Gulf

Some of the buildings that survived the 1900 Great Storm

Harvest Moon Regatta, Galveston to Port Aransas, TX

 Sunrise over the gulf



This home in Galveston was built in 1887.  It is the home of Michael and Ashley Cordray, Their show Restoring Galveston is on Magnolia Network.  They have been restoring older homes, many that survived the Great Storm of 1900.

Harvest Moon above the Jolli Olli and our final sunrise as we pulled out for the start of our return to Indiana

Ferry ride to Bolivar Peninsula


East Fork Campground - Army Corp of Engineers (COE)

 We  headed to Dallas and East Fork Park to visit my sister and Mother.  We spent 2 nights and had a great visit.


Jimmie Davis State Park, LA



We drove through Jackson, MS and decided to take the Natchez Trace Parkway.  We have driven "The Trace" a number of times and this was the way to enjoy a leisurely drive.  However, the bridge over the Tennessee River was closed and the detour through Florence, AL added over an hour to our drive to Oliver Travel Trailers in Hohenwald, TN

While our trailer was getting some warranty repairs we visited Amber Falls Winery.  We camped here a year ago (Harvest Host) when we traveled to Hohenwald to take a tour of their facilities and place our order for our travel trailer.

Our last 2 nights were at Natchez Trace State Park, east of Memphis, TN.  We drove back into Memphis to visit Susan's brother Jerry on Saturday.  This state park cut off about 2 hours on our way back to Indiana.

 Natchez Trace State Park



 Susan & Jerry