Everyone said Texas is a big state and they were not kidding. We explored no further west than San Antonio! The speed limit is also big – on one road to Austin it was 85 – 85!!! Can you imagine going 85 in a 36 foot Class A Motorhome…..? No – we did not go 85.
Our destination before Austin (our primary reason for coming to Texas) was to travel along the east coast and beach camp in Magnolia Beach. Yes I chickened out (some adventurer) as I read a review of free camping somewhere else along the Gulf where there were problems with the tide. More on that later. We wanted to spend a night near Galveston before heading south but many places we checked out did not accept those dangerous (insert sarcasm) pit bull breeds. There is a Cabella’s in that area but it seemed to taxing to try to get there so we stayed in rest area and then drove onward towards Magnolia Beach.
We landed at KOA Port Lavaca /Matagorda https://koa.com/campgrounds/port-lavaca/. This KOA is a new, little out of the way KOA not far from Magnolia Beach. It has great bay views, friendly staff, a great place to walk the dogs along the water and a new laundry area. We spent a couple nights here so we could drive down (by car) to Magnolia Beach to check it out for future stays.
Magnolia Beach https://www.campendium.com/magnolia-beach was awesome. There was no tide and there were several huge RV’s, 5th wheels and TT parked right along the water. It was beautiful and I kicked myself for hesitating to stay there. I think that the fear was in getting there, not being able to stay due to the tide or getting stuck in the sand. Not the case. The sand was hard packed, there was not a wave in site, there is no tide here and there are several options for camping right at the waters edge or back away near concrete picnic shelters. Again – this is boondocking so keep that in mind. I highly recommend if you are in Texas and looking for a beach camping experience go for it – we will next time we return to Texas!
Heading to Austin!!!! Very excited about this leg of our trip as we are going to be visiting friends we haven’t spent much time with since they moved to Texas! Again – where ever you go in Texas is a day trip and without going 85 we made it to Austin by dinner time! We had tried a couple campgrounds closer to our friends home but they were booked. We found a few nights at KOA Leander/NW Austin https://koa.com/campgrounds/leander/. When I made the reservations it was a non-refundable 4 night minimum and a little pricey. There were several events happening in the area of Austin – the reason for the minimum. After we arrived – I have to tell you – it was worth it! We were able to stay back by the dog park which was the largest and most beautiful dog park. I had never seen a “long horn” before and there were some grazing by the dog park. It was also the time of year when Bluebonnets begin to bloom. This KOA was near our friends home, the metro into Austin, great places to eat and near a great walking park Brushy Creek https://www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/parks-recreation/park-amenities-services-facilities/brushy-creek-lake-park. This KOA was very well kept and the sites had concrete pads. Yup – it was worth it.
We took the the very clean Capitol Metro https://capmetro.org/ (easy peasy with the app) into Austin. The SXSW Music Festival https://www.sxsw.com/festivals/music/ was happening so there were a lot of people and interesting events. We visited the capital where there was a protest by teachers. Austin is a mix of old and new architecture that somehow comes together like many cities we have visited. We found a place to get some sandwiches for lunch and had an interesting time here. While in the area we ate (or rather they ate) at Rudy’s BBQ https://rudysbbq.com/location/detail/austin-183-tx known for its meat. Being a good natures vegetarian/vegan it was still an interesting place. Overall we loved it here and hope to come back!
Our next adventure was to head back south west to San Antonio. This was our first kink occurred at KOA SanAntonio which at the time said “no aggressive breeds” allowed. (Since our conflict with them, our bad review and an email to the main KOA office they have now changed their website to say “no pit bull breeds”). They refused to honor our reservations and were rude and demeaning to us. In tears I contacted an RV Park up the road who also did not take pit bulls but they told us to come on up. Thank you AlamoCity RV Park https://www.alamocityrv.com/. This is a much smaller park and it had friendly and helpful staff, a clean (less expensive) laundry, small pool and dog park. The manager/owner asked us how our dogs are doing and gave us great suggestions on our trip into SanAntonio. There was a bus stop into San Antonio just outside the park that we took back and forth. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. #Sometimes you find treasures in less and where you least expect it!
We spent two days going into San Antonio to see the sites. We visited the Alamo, of course, took the bus to see the San Jose Mission and visited Riverwalk where we had lunch and took a riverboat cruise (well worth it). The bus system is great as you can text to find our when the next bus is coming and also pay with the app to take various buses all day to different points of interest for very little $
So now we head north to leave Texas …… We had joined the Escapees Club and stayed the night at Rainbows End Escapees Park https://www.escapees.com/benefits/rv-parking/escapees-rainbow-parks/livingston-tx/ in Livingston Texas. We had no idea all they offered such as a newcomers welcome that day at 4:00 and a movie night but we got here late after a long day of travel so took the dogs to the dog park, had dinner and that was that. Nice place to stay a couple nights if we head back that way!