Our family time came to an end so we headed back out on the open road to travel a short distance north to Blanco State Park. We have stayed at this park many times in the past but always look forward to staying there along the Blanco River. We pulled into our site, set up and set out for a walkabout in the park. We will only stay three nights before moving on to Waco.
Blanco State Park only has a limited number of sites that are full hookup and after being at the COE park in Canyon Lake without sewer hookups it was sure nice to have them again. We can conserve water with the best of them but it is also great to not have to worry about that for a while. Also by mixing in camping at non-full hookup sites with those that do have full hookups it means I don’t have to visit a dump station after leaving the parks without full hookups.
Blanco State Park is a long thin park on the banks of the Blanco River. This makes for great scenic walks. We also enjoy walking along the river into the old downtown square as there is a gate out of the park into a city park behind the square. There is a small assortment of shops and restaurants in town but nothing noteworthy. However the old courthouse is now the town visitor center and had walls lined with lots of old pictures which entertained us one afternoon.
Before leaving the hill country we took one more drive through the countryside. The spring wildflowers are starting to disappear and are being replaced by the early summer wild flowers. They too will be gone soon as should we be since it signals the hot summer temperatures are just around the corner. We have experienced a few days in the 90’s already but that hasn’t deterred the Indian Blanket flowers from carpeting fields in the hill country.
Our last day we drove over to Guadalupe State Park since the temperature was going to be in the mid 90’s. We felt this would be the perfect time to relax along the banks of the Guadalupe River. While walking down river we enjoyed the scenery until discovering a delightfully shady spot where we could sit, soak in the view and cool down in the waters of the river.
Spending the day in Guadalupe State Park was a great way to end our stay in the Texas Hill Country. Next up for us is a stop in Waco Texas…
NOTE: We left Blanco State Park for a weeks stay in Waco Texas with our next stop to be in Jacksboro Texas…