Blanco State Park – Blanco, Texas (09/2010)

By , January 23, 2011 10:00 am

Trip Date: September 17, 2010

Length of Stay: 2 nights

Rating: 4 of 5

Web Site: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/blanco/

This was our 2nd trip to Blanco State Park.  It was also our first trip with the new truck and 5th wheel.   Blanco was a good choice for us since it was close to home and I was familiar with the park layout and sites as I was a little uncomfortable maneuvering the big Montana for the first time.

After a very dry summer we started getting rain and lots of it.   It was pouring on us all the way from Austin to Blanco and was really coming down when we arrived.   I was afraid the low water crossing would be covered but it wasn’t.   It was very different visiting Blanco during and after a big rain as we got to see how full the river can get.  A week earlier the water had been 5 feet above the low water crossing.  In the photo below you can see how high the water had been on the bank of the river in the background.

We had campsite number 21 on the inside loop.  It was a great spot except it was a little low when the rain came down but that was only a problem on Friday night.  Note that most of the spots have sewer as well as water and electricity.

We got a fair bit of rain late Friday afternoon when we arrived and Friday night.  However, Saturday was cloudy but made for a nice day for most of the time.   We enjoyed some fishing with the park rangers, hiking, bird watching and playing in the river.  The rangers had just constructed a new bird blind near the river.  Below is a photo of the view from the new bird blind.

All in all, it was a great trip.  We had a few issues with the camper mainly due to me not knowing how some of the systems worked so it was nice to get out and try everything.  If are are ever in central Texas, don’t miss a chance to stay at Blanco State Park.

A complete photo album of our trip can be found at: http://picasaweb.google.com/cgaskins/BlancoStateParkSept2010#

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