Today we left our boondocking spot in a light drizzle. I emptied what was left of the water in our fresh tank, and Linda picked out an RV park about twelve miles away to stop and dump our tanks. Well, even with the GPS, we blew right past it. Rather than turn around, we just kept going and decided we'd be fine all the way to today's destination.
We had a 200-mile drive to Lazy L & L Campground on the Guadalupe River between Canyon Lake and New Braunfels.
Our friends Greg & Cori, were heading there, and we wanted to spend some time with them. We also needed to discuss some plans for 2018 RV shows. We helped them get a foot in the door with a show promoter, and now we are both booked to present seminars at several shows next year. Also, we'll both be working the Good Sam Indianapolis RV Super Show in April at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so we need to coordinate our schedules.
For our route, I was planning on taking U.S. 79 all the way to I-35 north of Austin, but Linda chose TX Hwy 21 which would connect with I-35 well south of Austin. As we drove, we heard on the radio that Vice President Pence was going to be in Austin today and traffic was going to be a nightmare for awhile. Good call Linda.
Now TX 21 was rather wavy in places. Even with our independent suspension, we were rocking. But it wasn't as highly traveled as U.S. 79 and the speed limit was lower, so we didn't feel pushed. That's one of the reasons we don't like interstates, and I certainly don't care for 70 mph speed limits on two-lane roads.
I had read the campground's recommendation on getting there and we followed their directions. The last two miles were on a narrow, curvy road that followed the Guadalupe River. That was a little dicey for a big rig, but we made it safely.
We arrived without a reservation. When we had called a few days prior, they asked how old our rig was and how long we were planning to stay. They have a 10-year rig age limit for those staying less than a month in the winter. Linda told them we were going to stay two weeks and we could send photos of our 2006 model fifth wheel. The person on the phone said to call back and talk to someone else, but we never did.
It's a bit of a strange place. They are really busy during the summer and have a lot of tent campers that take advantage of their tubing business. They don't allow monthly stays in the summer. Then, in the winter, it's all about the monthly RVers. They seem to bend over backwards for the monthly folks, and they have strict rules for those that aren't staying that long. No pets for short-term stays. The two laundry rooms are "for monthly guests only". And there is the 10-year age limit. Actually, the website says: "Please note RVs which are 10 years old or older may be refused entry based upon condition of unit. Condition is determined by Lazy L&L Management."
Full hook-up RV sites are $50/night in the summer and $40/night in the winter (October - March). But the weekly winter rate this time of year is $190 or about $27 a night. The monthly rate is $420 or about $14/night, a real bargain.
We paid for two weeks and they assigned us Site 79 next to Cori & Greg's site when they arrive over the weekend. We got backed in and set up.
After our nine days of boondocking, it was nice to have full hook-ups and 50 amps. It is very pretty in this area, and we are hoping for some sun which has been elusive for so many days recently.
The sites have decent spacing - better than many RV parks, but not as good as many public campgrounds - and each site has a picnic table, grill, firepit, and trash can.
I rode my bike around to get my bearings. Here is the overhead view of the park.
Linda made dinner in her Instant Pot, and we relaxed for the evening. It's very, quiet and we slept well.
Today, I dealt with a few time-consuming administrative issues while Linda went to the New Braunfels Walmart to stock up on groceries and pick up our prescriptions.
In the afternoon, the sun came out, but I was bogged down and couldn't get out to enjoy it. It was just one of those days.
I took most of the morning to get the registration opened for the 2018 RV-Dreams Reunion Rally. And then the sun came out again. As I was getting ready to do a walk, I saw a truck hauling fish come in, and I knew they were getting ready to stock the river with trout. A convoy of pick-up trucks followed it.
We are on the part of the Guadalupe River that is not far from the Canyon Lake Dam. Cold water from the bottom of the lake is released into the Guadalupe. Texas Parks & Wildlife stock the river during the winter, and today was one of those days.
I walked down to watch the process.
They dip-netted trout into several two-handled buckets (like those used to ice down beer kegs), and volunteers from the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited carried the fish down the steep hill to the river.
Holy cow, the trout they were stocking were huge Rainbows. I've seen a few "fish stockings" in my time, but I've never seen a river stocked with fish this big. They looked to be between three and five pounds each.
This one got itself stick on the rocks in a shallow section, but managed to flop its way back in.
I talked to a volunteer who told me these fish came from Missouri, and they hadn't been fed for a few days prior to transport, so they'll be pretty hungry. He said they usually like to give them 24 hours before the people in his organization start fishing for them.
I was already thinking about getting my Texas fishing license online - my waders and fly-fishing rods are definitely in need of some use. And I bet this river is going to be swarming with fly-fishermen as soon as the word gets out.
We do catch and release, but you are allowed to keep one trout per day that's over 18 inches in this section of river. I just want to watch one of these big Rainbows rise up and snatch a fly and feel it on the end of my line.
After everyone left to go stock another section of river, I stayed and watched the fish in the clear water, ....
and took a few photos of the river. The Guadalupe is one of the prettiest rivers in the state.
Unfortunately, the water level is pretty low, and the paddling opportunities are limited. Tina in the office here said they haven't been renting kayaks all summer because of the low water levels.
But perhaps we'll find a couple of sections to paddle.
I went back to the rig and took another photo of our site - in the sun with some blue sky for a change.
Linda got permission to use one of the laundry rooms (since we aren't a "monthly"), and I did a four-mile walk.
I stopped by the office to inquire about a possible future rally here as they have a great facility for big events and it seems perfect for a Reunion Rally. However, I was told they don't do rallies here anymore. It's too busy in the summer, and in the winter rallies "interfere with their monthly guests". Well allrighty then. They certainly take care of their monthly guests here, so we can see why it's popular in the winter.
Later, I took a propane cylinder to get it filled. They don't have propane here at the campground, but there is a place - Longhorn Propane - only a couple miles away.
At dusk, I rode my bike up to take a couple pictures of the deer that come and feed in the field every evening.
After our dinner of leftovers, Linda got her Reunion Rally spreadsheet going as we already had about 15 registrations.
So, that's about it for now. We'll be here a couple of weeks before continuing to move west.
Stay tuned to see if we hook into one of those big trout. :)