It’s the 3rd of November we hit the road about 9 in the morning. We only had about 3 hours to drive to our next destination and we didn’t want to get there too soon. Al and I are both morning people and during our working days when we would go on vacation it wasn’t uncommon for us to hit the road between 5 and 6 a.m. especially if we had a long travel day in front of us. Ah, the days of hurry up and get there are thankfully behind us. But habits don’t break easily. Now a days, we have to remind each other that we don’t need to get rolling so early. We try to keep our travel days anywhere from an hour to four hours and keeping check-in times in mind we don’t necessarily want to arrive to our next destination too soon. So we meandered down the road taking in the countryside and it isn’t long before the land started to roll …… the Texas hill country near Junction, Texas.
We arrived at South Llano River State Park just in time for lunch. Fortunately the park was only a quarter occupied and we were checked into a lovely site. This is a beautiful Texas State Park with an abundance of wildlife. While driving into the park we passed turkey and deer. The most significant Rio Grande turkey roosts in Central Texas can be found here. There’s over 240 bird species that have been documented in the area.
This 507 acre Texas State Park offers water, woods, and wildlife. There’s 18 miles of hiking/biking trails, 58 campsites with electric and water, and 11 walk-in tent sites. There are several blinds for birding, and access to the river for summer swimming, tubing, and canoeing.I was really excited and looked forward to spending a couple of nights at this state park, but without cell phone service we opted to spend just one night. Yep, no cell phone service, no internet, no TV. Sometimes it’s fun being without connection, but we needed that cell connection for a family member.So the next day we pulled out of South Llano River State Park…. reluctantly, I might add and drove to San Antonio. In San Antonio we stayed at an Elks Lodge and had hoped to see a few sights we missed during our stay last February.
Such was not the case as the torrential rains did not let up for 2 whole days and we had a reservation for the weekend at Goliad State Park. So onto Goliad, Texas….