We’re back to our very first stop, we spent several weeks decompressing at Van Horn when I first retired. ElizaBeth has a cousin here, although Van Horn is just a perfect waypoint going to and from Las Cruces NM. It’s also a nice little park with Penny’s Cafe – and they deliver to the RV now with Covid.
Many years ago, my uncle took my brother and me camping in Comfort TX, and I have never been back. The little town was at a convenient place on the route, and Elizabeth can always find something for us to go see.
We like to try new places, but we had stayed in this park before and really liked it. It’s also the perfect waypoint on I10, as it’s 2 1/2 hours from Goodrich. There’s a grandson in Hallettsville, 20 miles away. The owners remembered that we canceled last year and asked why, it’s just a nice place.
We just feel at home at this park, we’re good friends with the owner and several of the long term tenants, Izzy can play off-leash, it’s easy to pick up mail, and there’s a really good meat market close by. We get a spot on the end of the row a little away from others, with a lot of space around us.
We are a little tethered to Houston with M D Anderson, and for the 6-month CT scan, we decided to drive the RV to Lakeview RV Park, just down the road. We know our way around pretty well, although the route I took was a little too stressful, and we’ll be taking the back way out.
Location: Sandy Creek/Steinhagen Lake (COE) Jasper, TX
We had resolved to make better use of state and national parks this year, and we wanted to try a Corp of Engineer Park – this was our first! It was also the first time we could use the Lifetime Park Pass I got right before they stopped issuing them.
On the way from La Grange to San Felipe de Austin, we passed through New Ulm, where my great grandfather is buried. Driving around outside the park, we came across the San Felipe de Austin Historic Site. We wound up making a trip back to New Ulm to see if we could locate the gravesite.
Location: Stephen F. Austin State Park San Felipe, TX
After we left La Grange, we went down the road to Stephen F. Austin State Park, and this time we were on the Brazos River. The original 300 settlers of Texas (“Old 300”) started at San Felipe, TX, so when we went from the Colorado to the Brazos Rivers, we were in the area where Texas was born. Over the years as the immigrants arrived by boat, the two rivers were frequently confused, and Fort Bend was founded in its current location when settlers mistook the mouth of the Brazos for the Colorado River: https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1695/History-of-Fort-Bend-County