Just wrapped up the first two camping trips of the year. Of course, they were supposed to be in our new vintage camper. Instead, I was in a tent. But that’s another story…
The first location we tried out was Chalk Bluff. I had heard about it (and its crystal-clear waters and beautiful bluffs) for years, just had never made it out there. The boys had a Friday off from school and my mom could get off work, so it was the perfect chance to go try it out. We drove up immediately after school on Thursday, stayed until Sunday.
While the buildings and cabins looked very aged (and I’d worry about the inside conditions)… the grounds, the bathhouse that we used, the playground, the animals, and the water were all fantastic! And it was the best weekend!
My parents brought their rv and their pups. Ben got to sleep with them in the a/c. We had their stovetop for meals, as well as Dad bbq’ing on his grill. Evan and I slept in the tent that they brought along for us. And thanks to my incredible blow-up mattress and the nights getting into the 50’s, it was very pleasant.
I was thankful that we all brought our bikes, since the grounds were nice enough to bike everywhere. Evan’s favorite stop was the playground. With several new pieces of equipment and a couple of great (vintage) swings, we ended up there quite a bit. My favorite stop was the strip of pins, filled with animals. The park had resident pigs and guineas, donkeys, goats, axis deer, a zebra, a brand new foal, and the sweetest horses! (They also have the big jumping pillows. But we never ran out of other things to do.)
Ben and I spent one morning trying to find the unmarked path up to the top of the bluffs (for the stunning images I’ve seen on instagram). But no luck. And we couldn’t find any other hiking paths, so we spent all the rest of our time in the water.
The area has been in a severe drought, so the water was low. But it was clear and beautiful. And cold! We found some deeper spots, so that we could swim with the fish. We lounged in our tubes for hours. Evan snorkeled. The chalky bluffs provided a beautiful background (and some shade in the late afternoon). It all made for a wonderful spot to relax and cool off in the afternoons.
Our evenings were spent enjoying music, the gorgeous weather, the moon, campfires, and s’mores. The best family time!!!
And before we knew it, we were on a trip that I planned special for Mother’s Day weekend. For this, I had to hurry and buy a tent (yep, camper was still far from being ready). And Ben packed up his own little, personal tent. We were on the road on Friday.
This trip was to Krause Springs, which a friend had been telling me about for the past year.
We arrived around dinner time, set up camp, drove down the road to grab some bbq, and then walked the gorgeous grounds.
Ben taught me how to use a camp stove, as he cooked up sausages on Saturday morning. Served those up with cinnamon rolls for breakfast. The boys spent hours with their Lego guys and green army men (and photographing them for upcoming photo competitions). And then Evan and I spent all day in the water.
Both the rock swimming pool and the gorgeous swimming hole are fed by the springs, so they were both a chilly 68-degrees. But totally refreshing from the Texas heat. Evan loved the pool. He swam around, quite a bit, with his mask and snorkel. I took a dive or two of the diving board. And we spent most of the day in natural pool, a gorgeous swimming hole, with waterfalls, lush plants, and picture-perfect spots. I swam all over the area, pulling Evan around in his tube.
It was beautiful. It was dreamy. But I just couldn’t spend another night in a hot tent. So I cooked up spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, and then we packed up camp. It was nice to be back in my own bed on Saturday night, waking up on Mother’s Day to make a huge brunch for us. Perfect weekend!
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Go explore! And have a great time, as you TRAVEL TEXAS!