We spent 3 days at the Riverbend RV Park in Luling, TX. Riverbend is located on the San Marcos River and was a little more rustic than some of the other campgrounds we have been to this year. The camp store was basically a bait shop and that is fine unless you aren’t going fishing. Ok there is no way to say this nicely so I will just go ahead and tell you, Luling stinks, there are oil fields all around Luling and the air smells like oil most of the time. It wasn’t horrible it was just there and I’m sure the residents are accustomed to it, sort of like living near the sauerkraut factories in upstate New York. We made a couple day trips while in Luling, to Lockhart and New Braunfels. Lockhart is the county seat of Caldwell County and there was a beautiful old courthouse there. New Bruanfels is another Texas town with a strong German heritage. In New Bruanfels we went to a hardware store that has been in downtown New Bruanfels for over 150 years. It still had the original floor to ceiling wooden storage cabinets with display drawers for parts along one whole wall; it was really something to see.
Our next stop was Brookshire, TX about 40 miles west of Houston, we picked this area to spend a few days in because we wanted to drive through Houston early on Sunday morning before the traffic gets too heavy. We spent 4 days at the Houston West RV Park there. Brookshire is a small town just 10 miles west of the much larger town of Katy, Texas. Katy has a new large mall called Katy Mills; it is one of the nicest ones we have been to on this trip, so we spent an afternoon there.
The weather has been very warm and there has still been no sign of rain in Texas.