We completed our time in New Orleans catching up with our associates who we made whereas in NOLA for MArdi Gras at the start of the yr.
I really like how journey is just like the superglue of friendships. You’ll be able to meet somebody so briefly, but can shortly grow to be nice mates.
That’s Whitney and Mike, and their two daughters. We have been stoked that the celebs aligned they usually have been in city concurrently us.
We stayed an additional day so we might see them. They took us to a cool neighborhood eatery in Marigny, the New Orleans Cake, Cafe and Bakery (You get scrumptious $1 cupcakes together with your meal!!)
We had solely discovered on our cemetery tour a number of days earlier than that this space was as soon as a plantation and needed to be bought off by the proprietor, Bernard de Marigny, as he received into dangerous playing debt.
It was so cool for Kalyra to make that connection that the land he bought off in parcels is now this native, artsy group the place she was consuming breakfast.
Our associates now reside in Houston and invited us to remain in their empty home for Christmas.
Properly, I do know that the women are usually not regretting the prospect to reside in Goldie as they stated they needed to have Christmas in Goldie not a big, spacious home!
So we stored on driving previous Houston to the Hill Country, Texas, which is close to Austin and San Antonio.
- 1 What we did in the Hill Country, Texas
- 2 RV and on the street classes
- 3 The place we stayed in Hill Country Texas
- 4 Driving Distance
- 5 Journey Prices
- 6 The place to subsequent?
- 7 Extra Texas Journey Ideas
Time to let the chaos of change occur
I discovered myself feeling flat and exhausted by the point we pulled as much as our RV park. I couldn’t be bothered even making an attempt to determine what to see and do.
Change is chaotic (as I clarify in my Cash Mindfulness course) It takes time to handle the upheaval and should you don’t perceive it or let it’s, it may well create lots of injury and depart you flip the the automotive round to go residence.
The 2 day break over Christmas simply hanging in our home on the RV park gave me some a lot wanted pause to let the large life change of the previous four weeks sink in.
We had a heat Christmas with clear skies (lastly). We have been capable of sit outdoors and BBQ. It was the primary time I felt the true RV way of life – relaxed with oodles of time on my arms to only be.
I sat in my chair with my glass of wine and opened the journey guides. By the point an hour had handed I used to be enthusiastic once more and able to discover.
I had a plan – a simplified plan.
Much less is extra
I’m positive such as you, I endure from the will to see and do all of it. You by no means know should you’ll come again and when you’re right here you may as nicely do all of it. This leads it dashing round and feeling exhausted.
On this journey, I’m in search of simplicity.
Whereas we’re close to Austin, the capital of Texas, I didn’t incorporate it into our Hill Country travels.
I’m uninterested in metropolis exploration. I would like this journey to be about nature – reconnecting to it and ease.
I can simply come again to cities and discover with an excellent flight deal. Plus, metropolis exploration with an RV could be costly and cumbersome.
I really feel like after we’ve completed I’ve put myself in a wheel that’s reversed 100 miles. It takes ages to catch again up on work and well being. Our week in NOLA, whereas a great deal of enjoyable, put me so behind.
I received zero work accomplished and didn’t work out as soon as the entire time as we have been out from morning until night time.
I truly hate that. I would like extra routine, higher well being and slowness. I’ll proceed to report every week how we’re making that work.
I felt SOOO good after my first exercise after New Orleans. I noticed simply how essential it’s for me to do it every day. It retains my sanity, vibrancy and power excessive.
It’s essential to be current and take note of your emotions and power so you possibly can catch what works and what doesn’t and make the required modifications. That’s what being in management of your life known as.
As soon as I noticed I wanted to chop the cities out I started to really feel enthusiastic about our upcoming travels – mountaineering, biking, sandboarding, and so many different adventures my spirit is thirsting for with Mom Nature.
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What we did in the Hill Country, Texas
Christmas in the RV
We loved a easy Christmas at residence with a BBQ, video games of rummy, enjoying with our new toys, and watching The Karate Child (and Karate Child II the subsequent night time!!) Every Christmas we select a basic film from our youth to observe with the women!
We made use of two days of superb climate to discover Fredericksburg and New Braunfels.
Fredericksburg is an historic German city and really touristic. We weren’t overly impressed with it. It’s filled with german eating places, boutique shops and breweries. It simply couldn’t actually hook up with it very nicely.
I did nevertheless love two locations close to Fredericksburg:
Enchanted Rock State Pure Space
Enchanted Rock jogged my memory a lot of Australia. As quickly as I noticed the pink granite rock rising up out of the dry panorama, I felt the religious nature of Uluru. The views from atop the rock have been mesmerizing and peaceable. S
Luckenbach Choosing Circle
This two shed city by the creek was the stuff journey goals are product of. Seize a beer and a spot in the shade underneath the 500 yr previous oak timber for the every day choosing circle. A trio of older males enjoying nation tunes, cracking jokes and sharing native tales and folklore.
You’ll have heard of Luckenbach from the well-known Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson music. Yep. There simply isn’t a care to be discovered right here. It jogged my memory of a great Aussie outback city.
I liked driving alongside the river street, which runs beside the Guadalupe River.
The one factor you possibly can see now’s the crystal clear water and the odd fly fisherman. However in summer time this place is supposed to be a great deal of enjoyable with river tubers. We undoubtedly need to come again in the hotter months to expertise it
Like Luckenbach, Gruene is a real Texas icon. The oldest dance corridor in Texas, right here is the place you’ll discover good nation tunes and the 2 step. Don’t be shy and be a part of in.
I’ll keep in mind this lovely spirited woman perpetually and hope that once I attain her age, I dance and categorical like that.
We’ll have posts upcoming that go extra into depth into the issues we did in the areas we’re visiting with plenty of helpful ideas and knowledge that will help you plan your journey. These are simply primary wrap up posts that share extra the RV way of life we’re experiencing.
RV and on the street classes
- RV’s and journey trailers don’t decide to wonderful craftsmanship. Issues are already falling aside in the van. Upkeep shall be an ongoing issues. We have been virtually concerned in a a number of automotive pile up driving into Texas. We needed to pull up Goldie and the Beast exhausting and quick, which fortunately, they did nicely. That sudden jarring didn’t bode nicely for Goldie although A couple of screws and cabinet facings got here unfastened.
- Our kitchen island was consumed by all of the soiled and clear dishes so we needed to discover a answer to release area and scale back the muddle. The island is fairly giant so could possibly be used for various functions. We obtained a stainless-steel dish rack that sits into one half of our farm type sink. So know we will put the dishes there and clear the area beside it. I’m on the lookout for some type of answer to place the soiled dishes now.
- Late begins suck! I’m often an individual who rise up and out exploring actually early. It’s been arduous to get everybody shifting and we set out on our day too late. I didn’t understand the drive to our first place was almost 2 hours away in order that was poor planning by me. Subsequent time I’;l verify that the afternoon earlier than as an alternative of at 7:30. Oh no, we must be leaving now!
The place we stayed in Hill Country Texas
Anther costly RV park, however in contrast to the campground in New Orleans, this one had a couple of additional facilities to justify it. Kind of.
We determined to remain on the Hill Country RV Resort because it was Christmas and we needed the women to have a number of additional issues to do whereas we caught up on work.
Nevertheless, that didn’t occur an excessive amount of as we had a number of days over Christmas the place we simply frolicked collectively anyway after which a few days out exploring. In hindsight I might have simply went to a less expensive RV park.
The park was large, clear and had nice facilities like a playground, video games room, indoor and outside pool, scorching tubs, and my favourite, a superb health middle with every part it’s worthwhile to keep your health.
The showers have been clear, highly effective and scorching and the wi-fi connection was wonderful. It was sufficient to work on-line and watch a few Netflix exhibits and films. You couldn’t add any information although.
We’ve got a Passport America card, which provides reductions at RV parks across the nation. In line with its listing we have been to get an amazing low cost at this park. in line with the park, all these discounted spots have been taken.
Hmmmm. I’m wondering. I’m irritated it wasn’t honored and I’m wondering what number of extra are going to tug that card.
Points of interest
- Park Charges: $14 (Enchanted Rock: $7 every grownup Youngsters free)
- Ideas: $10 (band ideas)
- Eating places: $120
- Espresso: $22
- Groceries: $337
- Take out: $90.37
- Alcohol: $20
We eat a principally entire meals, natural weight loss plan, which suggests our grocery payments are larger than what can be typical.
Don’t overlook with consuming out prices, tip will probably be included in the costs under.
RV provides and dwelling
Complete paid by us: $ 1,244
Excellent news. We lowered the quantity we have been spending on espresso and consuming out this week. One other bonus of heading to nature. It nonetheless could be a lot higher!! And our grocery invoice was greater this week because of Christmas snacks!!
The place to subsequent?
We deliberate to go to Bend Nationwide Park however the authorities shutdown is creating fairly the issue. A lot of the locations we needed to expertise in the park are shut down.
We simply don’t understand how lengthy it can final and I don’t assume web connection will probably be nice down there. So hanging round ready till it will get again up and operating could possibly be an issue.
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You’ll find our earlier months posts right here.
Extra Texas Journey Ideas
Planning to go to San Antonio? Take a look at our expertise on the Alamo and the San Antonio Riverwalk. In Dallas, we visited the JFK Museum.
Don’t overlook your San Antonio Explorer Cross to economize on San Antonio points of interest