May 21, 2019

New Braunfels & Junction, TX

Monday & Tuesday, October 1 & 2, 2018
New Braunfels to Junction, Texas
Distance: 134 miles
South Llano River State Park
Duration: 2 nights
Cost: $30 per night
Weather: Hot (80s) and muggy!

We had such a wonderful visit with our dear friends, Linda and Bob. They have created a lovely home in Texas and the outdoor setting was just as beautiful and inviting as the inside. I hope it won't be too long before we return!

Beautiful live oaks.

It's not Texas without cactus!

Perfect for entertaining.

Our gracious hosts!

Bob and Miss Linda

With a leaky fresh water tank (discovered shortly after we had our oil changed at the local Ford dealership), we headed out to Junction, Texas for a couple of nights. South Llano River State Park is just a few minutes south of Junction. The park has lots of trees and grassy areas, full hookups, free showers, fairly level asphalt pads and plenty of privacy between sites. There are walking trails and nature viewing areas, but it was too hot to anything outside. We did see some wild turkeys wandering around, and lots of butterflies, but that was about it. There weren't very many campers, so it was nice and quiet, with the exception of the sound of acorns falling on the roof of the RV and the patio cover! Everything always sounds louder when it hits the roof, so it wasn't the most restful night.

The following morning we decided to go into town to do some laundry and get a few groceries. As I was loading some of the clothes into one of the dryers, we heard all sorts of sirens, so we peeked outside and watched city, county and state police chasing a pickup truck down the main street of Junction! It felt like we were watching an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard! 

Oops! Forgot the soap in the washing machine on the right.

Not a whole lot going on downtown...
 until the big car chase by (almost) every cop in the state!

While the clothes were in the dryers, we walked a few blocks to the library to see if they had Wi-Fi. Rod stayed there to get some work done (no cell signal at the campground), while I went back to finish up the laundry. 

All in all, it was a decent campground, but probably not one we'll visit again.


  1. I bet that car chase was the most exciting thing to happen in town all year.

    1. Kathy, I agree. There was a little more activity at the grocery store and library (at the other end of town), but it was like a ghost town down by the laundromat.

  2. I love the look of your friends' setting and house. Just beautiful. We have live oaks, cactus, the same type of rocky look to the yard and also one of those 'Texas' stars. Junction - well, I've been through there a couple of times coming back from New Mexico, though that route is not our favorite. And you might be surprised about how many 'cops' there are in Texas (hint - a bunch). How was the library?

    1. Kay, isn't it a lovely home? They have so many wonderful places to sit and relax. I just loved it! The library was fine, but we kept hearing the librarian and several patrons talking about how so many people in town (and a few of them!) had been sick with the stomach flu. That, combined with a woman talking on her cellphone the entire time we were there, made me decide not to stay very long!

  3. South Llano SP is much more appealing in the late fall when the weather is cool, there are lots of birds at the feeders, and it's wonderful to walk and bike the trails. Nothing is appealing to me when it's humid. :-(
    Your friends' home is lovely and those ancient gnarled live oaks are gorgeous.

    1. Laurel, I'm sure ALL of Texas is more appealing in late fall. ;) We lived in Fort Worth for a couple of years and those long, hot summers did me in!

      Yes, our friends' home is quite lovely and we were thoroughly spoiled during our visit.


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