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Jan 3, 2014 - Garner State Park

On our last day in San Antonio, we enjoyed our first meal (and it won't be our last) at Mi Tierra. We have eaten Tex-Mex many times in San Antonio, but somehow missed this SA landmark. We wouldn't have even known about it except for a local news story on TV. They were counting down the best Tex-Mex in SA, and Mi Tierra was numero uno! Well, it's numero uno in our book too! Some of the best frijoles ever tasted - corn and flour tortillas to die for - plus all the other good stuff. We had enough to take half home and have it for supper. We...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Parting shots from Garner

The final day at Garner, the turkeys finally came out of hiding... and I caught the morning sunrise from the overlook in "old Garner", on top of the hill. Also a couple from the river behind our campsite. We had a frantic final two days, as lot's of park employees and volunteers wanted to visit with us before we left. We hadn't planned for that, and left an hour or two later than we planned this morning... but it was worth it. A quick breakfast, a check of the email & weather, and we're on our way to Lake Amistad near Del Rio. We'll stay in...

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Mar 28, 2012 - Reflections after five months on the road

It sounds like a pet store, sitting here on the patio at the visitor's center. As I type this, i'm surrounded by many different species of birds, each singing in their own series of clicks, high-pitched whistles, pops, chirps, and squeeks. It's like a musical airport... with the 4 pairs of barn swallows swooping in and out like aerial acrobats, two of which sit on top of the message board behind be, chirping and staring over my shoulder as if intrigued by my tapping on the keyboard. Of course, the occasional rarely seen bird shows up only...

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Mar 26, 2012 - After the storm/getting ready to head out

We got some rain, and a few scares last week as big storms blew through Garner overnight. I walked through the campground warning people to tie down/cover up for the storm, only to have it show up 24 hours after the weatherman predicted it would. I planned ahead, and had a nice big oak tree in mind to hide the truck under just in case. Sure enough, 10pm came around and there I was in my boxers and flip-flops as the "tap, tap, tap" of hail stones had me running in the rain, in the dark, to drive it across the road. Luckily, the stones never...

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Mar 20, 2012 - Holiday crowds go bye-bye

Spring Break is over, and the crowds of families, and partying teens returned home to wash clothes for school, and work Saturday. Once more we could see through the trees, to the opposite end of the campground... once more, things were peaceful. This means we can count on clean restrooms, without mud and dirty toilet paper on the floor... HOORAAAAAAAY! The first order of business... crank up the "gator", grab our trash bags, and return the campgrounds to their natural state. (But not until I drive around, and collect all the firewood...

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Mar 16, 2012 - Spring Break at Garner

Spring Break arrived with a vengeance last weekend, and we were reminded why we avoided this place back in our camping days. The masses arrived in droves Friday night, and never stopped, it seemed as one carload left, another took it's place. Our peaceful stay, and open views were transformed into what amounts to a "micro-suburb" in the middle of the hill country. I found it all a little ironic, and somewhat sad. Essentially, rather than leave the city behind to enjoy the peaceful countryside... they bring the city, to the country....

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Mar 9, 2012 - Hosting adventures continue

I woke up and turned on the park radio this morning, and was immediately entertained. You never know what's going to come across that thing, it's like listening to a scanner. The other day, a woman got stuck in a bathroom when the door shut and automatically locked. (A ranger had swapped out doorknobs as part of a project) Yesterday, there was a report that a hand dryer in the campground next to us was "shooting out flames". (I responded that, "I thought I smelled bacon frying.", but my wit wasn't rewarded with a response.) My favorite...

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Mar 6, 2012 - Hill Country views

I love morning walks... the sun in the morning (and evening) hits everything just a little differently, and the scenery changes completely. Morning dew, long shadows, and angled sun rays combine for a completely different feel than you get at noon. Spring is near, and new leaves are budding on the trees... flowers are beginning to bloom here and there as well. Of course, everyone sees something different... ask Cindy what she sees in some of my pictures, and you're likely to hear: "Nice dead tree", "I don't like cactus", or my favorite,...

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Mar 5, 2012 - Garner State Park

Well, we arrived around 8:00pm, and the next morning walked to the office to check in. We were met in the parking lot by a ranger, who was happy to see us, and wanted to give us the grand tour of the park. We crammed onto the bench seat of the truck, coffee cups, laptop, and all... and drove around for the better part of the morning getting schooled on our responsibilities as hosts, the history of the park, and many of the other park staff we'd be working with. It was very exciting, and we couldn't wait to get started. We were given our...

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Apr 20, 2008 - Garner State Park

This morning all the Cen-Tex LoW friends scattered to their separate cities. I unhooked from the utilities and attached my car the first thing. Then I attended the worship service in the club room at 10:00. It was a small group but they were very friendly. One of the women baked a birthday cake to celebrate one of the men’s birthday. It was shaped like a cupcake. I didn’t stay for the party, though, because I wanted to get on the road. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to drive very fast. I stopped in Fredericksburg to feed Daisy ($3.419) and...

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Mar 28, 2008 - Cub Scout Family Campout at Garner State Park

Cub Scouting Garner State Park

Next it was out to Garner State Park near Uvalde, TX. with the boys of Cub Scout Pack 537.We hiked to the top of Mt. Baldy, had a great nature talk with a Park Ranger, played kick-ball, roasted hot-dogs, made s'mores, and did a little fishing.We stayed two nights and enjoyed ourselves in our nice trailer as the scouts were camping in tents got rained on pretty hard on Saturday night.

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Apr 20, 2007 - Making a tourist loop northwest

There is so much to see and do around here that it is hard to remember that we will be back again . We have found that true of all the areas we have traveled. You can't see it all and after a few days it just becomes what I call "tourist overload". But we have taken it pretty easy around here as the weather didn't cooperate first and then we got busy with learning about this park and meeting lots of good people. But Wednesday after "Dust & Donuts" to clean the clubhouse we decided to make a day trip loop starting from D'Hanis to Uvalde to...

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