It has been an interesting month for us; full of adventure, learning and plenty of stress. We completely moved into our new home on wheels as a family on October 31 and it has been the biggest change for us so far. We have stepped out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. Although we were expecting some challenges going into this, sometimes it feels so overwhelming. But I know this is a MAJOR growing experience for our family and will be well worth it!
5 Places we visited
We first stayed at Jim Hogg Park in Georgetown, TX just so we could finish up getting the 5th wheel settled and being near our “stuff”. The campsites are nice and spacious and come with a paved site, covered picnic table, electric and water. It also offers hiking and fishing along the Georgetown Lake. If you’re needing a place to stay in the outer Austin, TX area I recommend Jim Hogg Park.
Second visit was to Garner State Park. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, it boast in its beauty with tall Cypress Trees that line the crystal clear waters of the Frio River. We visited in the fall, although, this park offers lots to do, especially in the summer months; swimming, tubing down Frio River, hiking, miniature golf, fishing and camping to name a few. There are many campsites from cabins, shelters, primitive sites and campsites with water and electric as well as roughly 8 full hook-up sites. The full hook-ups were close together and hard to get into with our large rig. We made it, but only after the 5er suffered some scratches. Visiting in the fall was best for us because it wasn’t busy and the cooler weather was a plus. We weren’t able to swim because the weather stayed pretty chilly all week. Even though the Park Ranger told me that the park is extremely busy during the summer months, Garner State Park is a must visit. This is also where we started having issues with our leveling jacks systems not working correctly.
Third, we visited Kerrville. We only stayed here a few days at Down by the River RV Park; this a nice small RV park. Kerrville is a cute charming small city and is home to James Avery Jewelry. The city park is beautiful and there is plenty of shopping and restaurants. We were really excited to find that it had two health food stores as well. Just 20 minutes away is the cute charming settled German town of Fredericksburg. There is plenty to do in both these towns.
Fourth visit was to Guadalupe State Park just outside San Antonio. The park is pretty and offers plenty from camping, hiking, fishing, swimming and even tubing down the Guadalupe. There’s also a Discovery Center for the kids to learn about Texas wildlife. But just fair warning, the campsites vary in size and can be a tight squeeze (especially for those of us with bigger rigs). It’s a good idea to drive and see what’s available to fit your rig before bringing it in if possible. Also, the raccoons may want to hang out with you around the campfire or eat dinner with you at the picnic table. Oh yes they’re that friendly! I even had one charge at me and sent me running back inside my trailer screaming like a little girl. My kids got a good laugh, but I wonder how they would have reacted with a cute, wild mean creature charging at them. We really enjoyed our stay, but the day we were set to leave was a very trying day for our family. My Hubby spent hours getting our truck hitched to our 5th wheel. The front leveling jacks malfunctioned and would not raise up at all. Still being new to all of this, he called the service department at the dealership we bought our rig from they suggested with we try and manually fix it. Well, that did not work and the back leveling jack broke in doing so. After all that frustration I suggested we ask for help from the Park Host. I am so glad we did; 2 of them came over and helped us get the trailer on the truck. We were so thankful for their help since we would have been stuck there if not. After a few malfunctions, you learn what you need in order to make things “work”. The kids were so patient and well behaved during all of this, even though it seemed to take FOREVER.
After that long painstaking day, we were glad to get on the road to our fifth destination. We managed to get there without anymore issues. The hubby bootlegged the jacks and left it hitched on the truck for stabilization. We stayed at Oakdale Park RV Campground in Glen Rose, TX and really enjoyed our stay there for the Thanksgiving Holiday. There was plenty to do nearby; like a visit to the Creation Museum, Dinosaur World and Dinosaur Valley State Park. The kids really enjoyed climbing at the Big Rock Park across from the RV Park, and it was FREE! The most exciting thing was seeing the Glen Rose Christmas parade. The kids even got a stuffed animal from the Teddy Bear Express. But, the stay couldn’t be uneventful as our tire went low on the trailer. As the hubby attempted to fix it himself, the support jack broke while trying to raise the wheel. Oh yea, and his whole body was under there!!! No biggie, right??? Well at least that’s what the hubby thought. Scared the heck outta me though… After his near death experience, I made him call our road side service to get somebody out to fix it. Of course that couldn’t go off without a hitch either. We couldn’t find anyone; either they were short-handed because of the holiday weekend or they just didn’t want to mess with it. We finally found a tire shop about 45 minutes away that sent someone out and got the tire fixed; YAY!!!
Now we are staying in an Airbnb home while our truck and 5th wheel are being repaired. Oh yeah about that truck….well the whole HVAC system has to be replaced and another glow plug went out. It has been quite an eventful month. But hey, we’re rolling with it. Well I am at least. Not sure about the hubby, I’ve noticed he has lost a lot of hair the past month. Anyways, the kids are enjoying the big back yard, having their own rooms and I am super excited that there is bathtub for detox baths. It’s the little things we miss. Being here has me secretly yearning for our own house again!