When we arrived here at the Limestone Lake Park ....
on Monday, we had a gorgeous 80-degree, clear day. But on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the temperature dropped 20 - 30 degrees and we haven't seen the sun since.
Tuesday was cloudy, windy, and cool with a high in the low 60s. The warmest part of the day was early in the morning when I went for a walk around the park.
Wednesday was an unrelenting, all-day rain with highs in the 50s. We had Bob & Kat over to play Sequence in the afternoon, and Linda kept the three of them supplied with various hot teas from her Steeped Tea collection, while she fixed me hot chocolate. We had fun and passed the time on that dreary day.
Thursday was supposed to have some sun, but nope. Once again, it was cloudy all day.
With no solar coming in, we've had to run our Onan 5500-watt propane generator for about an hour twice a day to charge batteries, and we've been running our furnace more often than usual. So, we've been going through our propane much faster than normal.
We've been researching places to get propane, but the closest we could find was about 25 miles away in any direction we checked. We found propane closer, but they weren't places where you could get a cylinder re-filled, only places where you can exchange 20-pound cylinders. We have learned from experience to call and make sure there is a cylinder re-filling station.
Around mid-day, Kat knocked on the door and said they were going out in search of propane and asked if we wanted them to take a cylinder with them. That was quite a generous offer, and we took them up on that. Linda gave them some cash, and we warmed up the rig and got showers while they were gone.
After we arrived here, we learned that this park is operated by the Brazos River Authority (BRA), and they have an official web page about their public use areas here on Limestone Lake - Brazos River Authority Limestone Lake Public Use Areas.
There are four public use areas - two on the east side of the lake and two on the west side. Three of the four allow "primitive camping". Two of the three, including Limestone Lake Park where we are, have 14-day limits while the other one has a 7-day limit.
Shortly after Bob & Kat returned in the afternoon, a BRA police officer drove through. Bob and I chatted with him, and he said he was just doing a security check and making sure we were doing okay. It's always good to hear personally that we aren't doing something we're not supposed to be doing when boondocking.
Often, boondocking places we find on the web are "unofficial" meaning RVers have parked there before and never had a problem, but we're never really sure if that's because it's really okay to park there, or it's not okay but nobody has been caught or it hasn't been worth the hassle to make people leave.
The police officer was very nice, and he asked us about our favorite places and whether or not we carry fly rods. Apparently, he loves to fly-fish. We expressed our appreciation for the opportunity to stay here, and he departed .... stopping many times to pick up some trash here and there.
Hopefully, the sun will come out, and we can get our pretty weather back. When the sun is shining, this is a near perfect boondocking spot, especially now that we know for sure that it is an official place to camp for free. It's pretty hard to beat and I suspect we'll hang out here a few more days.