Good Morning from Lake Travis

9 04 2011

La Hacienda Office

We’re about an hour further west than planned, after arriving at McKinney Falls State Park and finding the RV sites fully booked. A few calls to nearby State Parks confirm that this is a very busy weekend in the Austin area with most RV sites booked through the weekend. So, it’s back to a “commercial” RV Park for the night. We opt for La Hacienda RV Resort near Lake Travis.

La Hacienda & Lake Travis

On the eastern border of the Texas Hill Country, the Austin area is carved out of beautiful rolling hills covered in mesquite, pecan, oak other hardwoods and scrub brush. Dramatic views abound within the city limits as well as further west around Lake Travis. La Hacienda is a large RV park (around 200 RV spaces) with plenty of amenities and services including full hookups, WiFi, 50 or so cable TV channels, large pristinely clean laundry and shower facilities. It’s conveniently located high on a bluff between two of the largest Lake Travis bays and not far from the famous Carlos n’ Charles on the lake. But, like nearly every other park like this, it feels very tight. If it wasn’t for the constant drone of air conditioners, you’d be able to listen to your neighbors conversation or TV. And, air conditioning was necessary yesterday – the Austin area broke high temperate records with 95 degrees – and, of course these temps are accompanied with the sticky humidity that this area of Texas is known for. It’s beautiful, but it sure can get muggy.

Fortunately temperatures dropped fairly quickly after sunset. We enjoyed a quick dinner, caught up on some email and the TV news before calling it a day. This morning after breakfast we packed up and were on the road by 10am. Today we’ll cut diagonally across the hill country into the plains of west Texas. The goal is to reach Palo Duro Canyon State Park tonight – but that’s a long haul, nearly 500 miles from Austin. More later from West Texas.

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