Departing South Texas

2 05 2020

With temperatures (and humidity) beginning to get way too far into the uncomfortable range, it’s time to head north!  As is normal, we’ll plan to stay as close to the Rio Grande as possible to avoid those nasty spring storms that can bring tornadoes and hail to northern parts of Texas.  In verifying availability at parks on our route home, we find that about 50% are still closed or not accepting overnight guests due to county or state regulations related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Our first night will be at Mustang Hollow Campground on Lake Corpus Christi.  This former KOA has an “upper” and a “lower” lakeside section.  We’re initially assigned site D7 in the lower section.  Set among mesquite trees, the parks internal roads need both grading and widening.  Especially the lower roads!  After being escorted to our site through rough and low-clearance roads, we attempt for nearly 30 minutes to get into the site.  To start, or escort climbs up on the trailer roof and proceeds to cut down a half dozen fairly large limbs.  This site has a steep downhill grade to it, and a large drainage gully on the right site.  Even after many attempts, we can’t get anywhere close to being able to level the trailer.  And, as we move around in the site, more of the low hanging limbs are poking at the front cap, roof and awnings.  Eventually the escort gives up, calls the office and arranges for us to move to site A18 in the upper section.  After another harrowing trip back up through the ruts and trees, we are shown into a level, well trimmed site right next to the swimming pool.  Whew…what an experience.  Never again will we accept a “lower” site!

Mustang Hollow Campground, Mathis, TX

Mustang Hollow Campground, Mathis, TX

Mustang Hollow Campground, site A18

After Lake Corpus Christi we’re headed to Uvalde and Quail Springs RV Park.  Quail Springs is on Main Street in central Uvalde occupying an oasis of huge old oak trees.  The 80+ site park appears to be mostly long term Winter Texans or even longer term residents. We’re parked in a pull-through site #153 which provides full hookups with 50A service, cable TV, a small cement pad and picnic table.  Back-in sites #148-#164 would offer the most privacy and most are shaded.  We liked Quail Springs and would probably stay here again.

Quail Springs RV Park, site #153

Quail Springs RV Park, Uvalde, TX

On to Fort Davis

7 05 2019

Garner State Park site #326

After departing South Padre we spent 3 nights at Tropic Winds RV Resort in Harlingen before departing the Rio Grande Valley.  Our first night was at familiar Lake Casa Blanca State Park in Laredo.  From there we continuing north through Uvalde to Garner State Park where we plan to spend 2 nights.  This is our first visit to Garner.  Located in the far SW corner of the Texas Hill Country, the park is a beautiful oasis along the Rio Frio.  With nearly 400 RV sites, about 40 screened shelters and about 20 cabins, this is a huge state park and the busiest in the Texas system.  Blog posts mention waits of over 2 hours to check-in for a pre-reserved campsite in prime season – even on this Sunday afternoon, the “take-a-number” and wait took nearly 20 minutes.

Indications from the T-Mobile coverage map showed “fair” 4G service here.  And, several blog posts mentioned a usable park WiFi system.  However after checking in to site #326 in the Live Oak area, the promised T-Mobile covered never materialized.  And, the parks WiFi was only partially available at the Visitor Center and the Reception/Check-In office.  After driving back toward Concan to retrieve email and send a few text messages, we decided that we’d need to depart 1 day early on Monday morning.  Surprisingly, the park was happy to refund the 2nd night that we’d pre-paid and by 9:30AM we were on our way toward Del Rio.

Garner State Park Rio Frio

Garner State Park Fall Colors

If in Del Rio, most likely we can be found at the Broke Mill RV Park.  A favorite of ours, this is always a great stop when departing the dry-camping in Big Bend National Park, or in this case, a northward park with a WiFi system that we know works great.  There are new owners at Broke Mill, and after additional investment in the WiFi network, have discontinued the support of the cable TV system and instead expect guests to stream their favorite TV.  A big change from most parks that warn you against streaming!  Congrats Stacy and Kim, the improvements all around look great.  We’ll see you next year!

Memo’s Restaurant, Del Rio, TX

Dinner on Monday evening is at Memo’s Mexican Restaurant (thanks Kim for this great recommendation). This hidden gem in old town Del Rio along San Felipe Creek offers great value, fine food and a fascinating history.  We’d highly recommend it!  We’re planning to spend 2 nights in Del Rio and then move over to Ft. Davis.  More from the Davis Mountains of West Texas…

Memo’s Restaurant, Del Rio, TX