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Hill Country Camping No comments yet

We don’t get any public holiday’s around Easter, but we did head out to the Texas hill country for our first family camping trip.

Here is what I learned:

  • The town Leakey is pronounced LAKE-EE. If you say LEAK-EE people won’t know what the hell you’re talking about.
  • If you find yourself looking for braai grill at 6:15 on a Friday evening and the little grocery store near the campground doesn’t have one, the owner will call all the other shop owners along the Frio river to find out who has one. They had some in Leakey.
  • Our tent is waterproof!
  • You can keep boys occupied for a whole weekend with dirt and water – and if you give them water cannons they won’t want to come out of the river.
  • Adam is not afraid of hairy caterpillars.
  • The Lost Maples Cafe in Uptopia has a great old-timey vibe – but the coffee is reliably awful.
  • Werner can produce great campfire ghosts stories on demand, and will include knights and cowboys if asked nicely.


Inks Lake No comments yet

This year I decided to get my act together early in the year and try to get us some weekend bookings at State Parks (usually, by the time we really get to feeling like we need to get away, there is not a cabin to be had). So at the end of a long, hot week where the kids had no school to distract them, we headed out to Inks Lake (which is really more of a small dam) for a one night stay in one of their little cabins. It was just as hot out there as what it is in town, but we found ourselves a nice little spot under a tree at the water and spend the afternoon just swimming and digging – or in my case, swimming and sitting. Luckily the water was pretty shallow so it was easy for the kids to wade around.

Luckily Americans don’t take issues of comfort lightly, so while the cabin was outfitted with nothing more than 2 sets of bunk beds and a table, it was air-conditioned. And after all that water play we slept pretty well.

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