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New Years in Gruene and Big Bend, Texas

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We stayed longer in Texas Hill Nation then we deliberate. A number of challenges sprung up throughout week 5 of our USA street journey which had us drawback fixing for the optimum answer.

One actually by no means is aware of if it’ll develop into optimum or not, however you possibly can solely make selections based mostly upon the knowledge you’ve at hand.

Our Challenges:

1. Busy Vacation Season

I didn’t assume Texas can be so busy in the winter time, however I’ve since discovered it’s as a result of the summer time months are too scorching! It is sensible actually and higher analysis and planning from me would have informed me that.

This meant the RV park in Big Bend Nationwide Park was utterly full till fifth of January.

There aren’t a whole lot of RV parks down close to Big Bend and the critiques have been actually combined. We discovered one other RV park on the Rio Grande River that appeared superb, however that had no availability till 2nd Jan.

2. Trump’s Authorities Shutdown

This meant that Nationwide Parks weren’t being managed or attended to. A number of sections of Big Bend Nationwide Park have been closed on account of unsanitary situation.

Is it value going all that method if we will’t even get in?

three. No Web Connection and Probably No Verizon Cell Telephone Service.

Neither of which are perfect for us with the web enterprise we do. We weren’t ready to go offline for every week.

So we needed to determine whether or not to skip Big Bend altogether, or go there slightly later and hope for the perfect.

Fortunately, subsequent to Big Bend Nationwide Park is the Big Bend State Ranch Park which is supposed to be simply as lovely.

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So we determined to remain in Texas Hill Nation for 3 extra nights and have New Years Eve right here. We’d use these additional days to compensate for work so we’d be okay going offline for awhile.

We booked in on the RV Park Lajitas Golf Resort. It has the most effective critiques and was positioned in between each parks.

They’re additionally meant to have respectable Wi-Fi service so we might hopefully use that to do some primary work stuff.

We might get an honest weekly price on the park to for $300 so it was value staying the week so we might discover in depth and loosen up in this lovely pure setting.

We figured we might discover the State Park whereas we await Trump’s meltdown to finish and providers get again to regular in the Big Bend Nationwide Park.

Or, in the event that they don’t, do the most effective we will having fun with what’s opened.

Big Bend Nationwide Park has been close to the highest of my bucket record for this journey, so I actually didn’t need to be so shut and miss it. It’s value taking the prospect.

As serenity is my phrase for 2019 I’m fairly positive we’re going to seek out it right here.

And naturally, it was raining once we set off!!

New Years Eve in Gruene

New Years in Gruene (2)Sitting across the campfire at The Grapevine

New Years Eve in Gruene was a lot enjoyable (pronounced inexperienced by the best way!) I really like that little historic city.

We had lunch on the Gristmill which is a large restaurant on the river with HUGE parts. It was one of many largest meals I’ve had and Savannah’s hen tenders was like half a chook!

The service was nice and the hearth was heat. We then went again to the Gruene Corridor for extra music and dancing.

This time Savannah danced with me and the band was superior. The singer had a vibe combined of Lenny Kravitz and Ben Harper.

After that we moved to the Grapevine, a wine tasting bar throughout the street.

There’s an outdoor backyard with stay music – a man who thought he was Bob Dylan, which was sort of cool, and then hearth pits we sat round chatting with locals and watching the solar set over the city.

Sunset in Gruene, Texas Hill County!

Oh and I met Betty!!. Keep in mind the dancing woman from final week’s wrap publish?

betty the dancing queen (600 x 800)

She was close to me on the Grapevine so I began chatting together with her. She shared with me a little bit of her life story. My favourite was this:

“They call me the Dancing Queen. I’m 84 and have been dancing for six hours. I just can’t help it. I hear music and my body wants to dance”

You’re a Nationwide treasure Betty!

As soon as the solar set we headed again to Goldie to ring in the New Yr with Ryan Seacrest. The women love watching Occasions Sq. on the TV for New Years. I fell into mattress at 12:05 and they stayed up till 2 am to see California ring it in!!

Big Bend, Texas

Big Bend National Park Texas

It’s so fantastic to be again in extensive open areas once more. Texas reminds us of Australia a lot.

We arrived in Big Bend on Wednesday and, regardless that we arrived in the darkish, we immediately fell in love. This was the extensive open nation we have been looking for to unplug and reconnect.

We have been ecstatic with our selection.

Driving via Terlingua we noticed the opposite RV parks we have been considering and we thought they appeared okay I began to fret we’d made the fallacious selection.

However we didn’t!! The Maverick RV Park is superior. (see extra under)

I beloved driving our bikes across the space to discover this small city of Lajitas. So small it has one common retailer and city corridor and we might experience out on the freeway with no automotive in sight!

It’s so quiet you possibly can hear the birds and the mayor of the city is the native goat.

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We may have extra in-depth posts and movies on Big Bend Nationwide Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, as we now have not completed exploring them.

They’re epic!

Listed here are a few photographs from our Window Path Hike in Big Bend Nationwide Park and the River Street, Closed Canyon and Hoodoos Hike in Big Bend Ranch State Park.

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As you possibly can see this area is spectacular. We’re excited to discover extra.

It’s additionally getting heat and the rain has disappeared!! Sure.

The sky seems to be superb after seeing it coated in clouds and crying for a month.

If you would like extra actual and private connection, the place we share the actual story of how we unplug, how we handle the ups and downs, the candy the humorous, the unusual and chaotic, than leap in my Notes from the Street digital suitcase. Its like receiving letters from an previous good friend. Simply click on the next:

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  • Goldie is constant to crumble in some locations. We’ll be spending a variety of time tightening screws and fixing issues!!
  • After a go to by the park supervisor at 9:30 to end up our outdoors mild, we found we’ve a dome mild on the entrance of Goldie, which is totally separate from the surface mild major change. We’re tenting in Darkish Sky Nation, which suggests all outdoors lights have to be turned off by 9pm to take care of the pristine circumstances for stargazing. Big Bend is likely one of the greatest areas in the USA for stargazing. Bewildered the three of us went in seek for the change and discovered it hidden deep inside Goldie’s stomach in the entrance storage compartment.
  • Snow is absolutely fairly once you’re heat inside your automotive towing the RV. AND it snows in Texas!!
  • Taking your property made espresso in a thermos in your automotive when out street tripping is a implausible concept. It stays scorching for therefore lengthy, it feels such as you’re consuming espresso all day with out having a number of cups. It’s a good way to savor the view. Though it by no means tastes nearly as good in sterling silver because it does in a glass mug.
  • I don’t understand how we ever survived touring round Australia in the best way that we did! We now have a lot meals in our van and consolation gadgets. We by no means might have fitted all of that in in our Jayco Swan and we have been touring in extra distant areas for lengthy durations of time. I don’t understand how we did it.
  • We knew this already (discovered from our Outback travels) however simply as a reminder, even in the US, when driving out in the wild west with all these empty areas, all the time refill your fuel tank at every new fuel station you come to. You simply don’t ever need to run out and be stranded. The fuel stations aren’t as shut collectively as you’d assume in the US, and not everybody has diesel. We received a bit low coming right down to Big Bend however fortunately got here near snowy Alpine so might refill.
  • It’s less expensive to refill on issues in cities and cities earlier than coming into distant areas. One purpose I’m grateful for Goldie. Sourdough bread value me $6 right here in Lajitas and firewood $eight! Each are often half the worth. And my fussy women don’t just like the bread. They’ll be consuming it I can guarantee you.

The place we stayed in Big Bend, South West Texas

So how do you want our campsite close to Big Bend Nationwide Park in Texas?

We spent half the week at our campsite in New Braunfels, the Hill Nation RV Park. Click on right here for final week’s wrap to see extra about it. We acquired a less expensive fee at $51 for the night. It was beforehand $60.

I’m unsure if this was related to our Good Sam or Passport America low cost.

As talked about above in Big Bend, we’re staying on the Maverick Ranch RV Park, which is a part of the Lajitas Golf Resort.

On our first nightfall on the campsite we sat right down to the roaring campfire with a great deal of area on both aspect of us, a transparent sky combined with the sunny blew of the day and the purple of the setting solar behind the desert mountain panorama, and sighed,

“Now that is what we’ve been dreaming of.

Maverick Ranch RV Park Lajitas Big Bend Texas

We really feel like we’re miles from civilization right here as a result of we’re. Silence surrounds us and at night time, you’ll see extra stars than you’ve in your complete life.

I really like stepping outdoors the camper at 5:30am to say good morning to them. I can see a number of shiny planets, the moon hugging the horizon and hundreds of twinkling stars.

It’s probably the most magical approach to begin the day.

The campground could be very open, spacious and clear. The websites are dust, pull via, include hearth pits and are giant and spacious.

The wi-fi is surprisingly respectable – we will watch some Netflix even at occasions.

The loos are okay. Heat water with sufficient strain however aren’t as clear as different campgrounds. However that’s campground life.

Staying on the Maverick Ranch RV Park provides you entry to the Lajitas Golf Resort amenities over the street, which features a health middle, actions (paid) and a restaurant, bar and bakery.

And naturally a golf course. We haven’t used any of them but!

The health middle appears nicely provided and maintained. I’ve simply been understanding on our website utilizing my bosu and Grokker Plyometrics coaching video.

If you wish to keep at Lajitas Golf Resort, you’ll be able to guide your keep by means of our companion, We extremely advocate this space for its serenity.

Driving Distance

Journey Prices

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I feel we received a greater grasp on our bills this week. though New Yr’s did trigger us to spend slightly extra and we stocked up on our groceries for worry of there being no meals in the Big Bend space!! haha.

As you possibly can see, issues will all the time pop up and we’re struggling to maintain our prices under $1000 every week.

Hoping that now we’re in the wilderness extra this shall be simpler.

Car Prices

Lodging Prices

  • Tenting: $357 ( 2 nights @ $60 three nights @$51 and 2 nights @ $42)

Points of interest

  • Park Charges: $10 (Big Bend Ranch State Park: $5 every grownup Youngsters free)
  • Ideas: $10 (band ideas)

We’ve got a Nationwide Parks Move so no additional charges for Big Bend Nationwide Park.

HOWEVER, there’s nobody taking cash anyway due to the shutdown. So unhappy for the Nationwide Parks and all the cash they’re dropping, to not point out all the employees not getting paid!!


  • Eating places: $76
  • Espresso: $24
  • Groceries: $442
  • Take out: $43
  • Alcohol: $60

We eat a principally entire meals, natural weight-reduction plan, which suggests our grocery payments are greater 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

  • Laundry: 15
  • Firewood: $eight
  • Lighter fluid: $5

Complete paid by us: $ 1,102

The place to Subsequent?

We’re nonetheless in the Big Bend space till Wednesday having fun with the straightforward tempo, climbing, bike driving, horse driving and star gazing.

After that, all is determined by Trump’s shutdown. I significantly can’t consider the federal government can do that and influence the individuals they’re meant to representing!!

Anyway, if it’s over and White Sands Nationwide Monument reopens, we’ll go there for a number of nights. If it’s not (doesn’t look probably in the meanwhile), we’ll head to Tucson, Arizona.

We plan to remain there for every week earlier than shifting to Phoenix or Scottsdale.

Keep tuned to see what occurs!

Movies of the journey popping out quickly. We’re very behind! Subscribe to our channel so that you don’t miss it. We’ve Disney movies popping out in the intervening time.

Yow will discover our earlier months posts right here.

Extra Texas Journey Ideas

Have you ever been to the Big Bend space? What did you’re keen on most? Have you ever met anybody like Betty earlier than? Or, are you want her?

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