Lake Mead N.R.A.

Lake Mead N.R.A.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Blanco, Texas

March 24, 2010. 
We went to bed with some light rain and awoke to the same.  It remained cloudy, foggy and rainy most of the day.

We decided around noon to take a trip to Blanco, Texas about 15 miles from here.  It's a small town with a population of about 1500.  It has a nice historic square around the former courthouse and county seat built in the late 1800s. The county seat has since moved to another town.

We walked around and Joyce checked out all the small shops common in these little shopping districts.  We stopped for lunch at The Red Bud Cafe and had sandwiches.

After lunch, we drove to Blanco State Park, a small Texas State Park on the Blanco River.  We stopped at the gate office and went inside.  I asked about the main attraction in this park and was told the park is only a mile long along the Blanco River. The river has some dam walls that the river flows over and folks like to swim here.  The ranger explained that they have RV camping.  I asked about the prices.  A premium site with 50 amps and sewer is $23 plus a daily entrance fee of $3 per person, and in our case another $5 per day for our "extra" vehicle, for a total of $34 a day plus taxes. The only way to avoid the daily entrance fees is to buy a Texas State Parks Pass for $75 for both of us.  The ranger gave us a 10 minute pass to check out the campground.  We took the tour and photographed the river through the drizzling rain.

The campground looked tight with no privacy between sites.  We dropped off our pass on the way out and headed back home in the light rain.

There's a small campground on the edge of town on FM165 called Blanco Settlement on the Blanco River that looked inviting, although it's close to the road, flat and lacked shade trees.  

We like to check out campgrounds in the areas where we stay.  However, we are very happy with our site at Cottonwood Creek RV Park.

We got back home after driving over some rather steep hills on the way home.  The scenery was beautiful but diminished by the foggy rain.

I'm continuing to have problems loading pictures to the blog.  From what I've learned on-line it appears it may be a problem with Google Blogspot that is being worked on.  So bare with me till I'm able to upload pictures!  For now be sure to check out the highlighted hyperlinks above in the blog.

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