We took a nice scenic route to the park, which is in the Hill Country southwest of Austin. Once we were out of rush hour traffic, it was lovely. This is the height of wildflower season in the Hill Country, and surprisingly enough, the drought didn't ruin the flowers like we thought it would. All that winter rain made things quite happy on the roadsides! The park is way off the main road, and there are lots of windy roads to get to it, but it's worth it! After a somewhat challenging parking event, we got all settled in and hung out with the friends who were there, playing Scrabble and all those traditional activities.
|Ursula's spot, with Mike's car (we shared a HUGE space with Mike and Martha, who were tent camping)|
|You can tell it's spring because I have on my summer hat. Oh and the bluebonnets.|
We really enjoyed wandering around the falls area, which is really well maintained. Mike and I spent a lot of time sort of blankly staring at all the patterns the water made. It was just so pretty. I am doing you a real favor by not posting ALL the pictures I took of water.
|There was a nice amount of water in the falls, though you could tell there had been more recently.|
|This is the spring flowing under the roots of the tree.|
|This is the spring. It flows down both to the right and left. You really can't see it, but the water has little bubbles in it and you can see it moving.|
|Is anybody in there?|
|Me, Suna, as if I had long legs.|
|Mike ponders nature's wonders.|
|I think I missed the "slide" part of this slip-n-slide.And yes, I took coffee with me.|
We all ate lunch together in the shade of Mike and Martha's shelter, then moved over to Ursula's canopy when that shade went away.
|Janet, Jennifer and Tina Scrabbled away.|
|Coreopsis or something like that|
|Prickly poppies, one of my favorites|
|The other side of the crossing. Look how clear the water is.|
We had dinner, both the campers and the day visitors who joined us as the day wore on. There was lots of good food, even if we didn't do a potluck this time. I had leftover fish and vegetables from Thursday night, and Lee made mac-n-cheese with Rotel tomatoes in it again. People liked it! Geri had made strawberry cobbler in their fire. It was delicious. Even two bites told me that. It had rosemary in it--a nice treat.
After dinner and more chatting, I was soooo tired. So we all went to bed. It's getting to where the bedroom in Ursula is as familiar as my own, so I sleep really well, That's only taken a year or so. And Ursula has rather redeemed herself. She did not leak at ALL on this trip! We each took showers, we washed dishes, and we ran the sink in the bathroom! Huh. I guess I now believe that the people in the repair places could not make her leak. I wonder if we did the water connection more tightly or are more level, or what? How weird!
This morning we mostly cleaned up and chatting with our friends. I didn't feel well enough for any more walking marathons. In fact, both Lee and I have been feeling less than perfect. Glad we got to some home. But, we took the long way, via Marble Falls. And we saw some beautiful flowers. Here are a couple of images taken through Ursula's windows.
|This entire ranch was covered in flowers.|
|Typical Hill Country View. Going from Marble Falls to Liberty Hill.|
|This is what a bluebonnet looks like up close.|
|Prickly poppy and some bugs.|
I forgot to share how we spent Thursday night, after eating the first course of my lovely fish dinner. Ursula needed both additional oil and additional coolant. Both are added in her rear compartment. Neither can actually be reached by just pouring the fluids in. Oh no. To pour the oil, we had to carefully maneuver a large flexible funnel and pour via a very unnatural angle. But what was worse was the coolant. Oh my gosh. The lid to the radiator had two inches of space above it, then metal. How do you pour into that? So, in the dark, we (Lee) had to create a hose/funnel contraption. Knives, cursing, and shoving things around were involved. Also snaking the hose through the louvers of the rear lid. But, after pouring coolant all over Lee's face, we did it! Coolant was added! Ursula did not explode this weekend! Hooray! We are becoming more self reliant I guess.
I wish I weren't so tired or I'd do a better job of reviewing Pedernales State Park. It's pronounced "perdenales" by the way. And the GPS knew how to pronounce it! If you have only a couple of Texas state parks to choose from this should be one of them. While it is incredibly popular, there aren't too many camping spaces, so it is nowhere near as crowded and loud as Inks Lake. And there is a lot of area to explore. There are many interesting-looking trails, including ones that horses can go on. Plus, there is a bird blind. We forgot the darned fancy binoculars this trip, but next time (I think we come back in the fall), we will be sure to check that out! Jennifer won't let us forget that! The campsites are very large and wooded. What a nice thing. We hardly saw our neighbors. And it was nice and quiet, even though there were a lot of young adults around.