Garner State Park – Concan, TX
Garner State Park is 1,774 acres of beautiful Hill Country located in Concan. It has 2.9 miles of Frio River winding through it, as well as 11 miles of hiking trails. In addition to water recreation activities like tubing, fishing and canoeing, visitors can hike, have a picnic, study nature, golf, ride bikes and geocache. Visitors can rent paddle boats, kayaks, inner tubes, tables, barbecue pits, heaters, fans and small lockers near the boathouse. The park holds jukebox dances in the pavilion every spring and summer evening. This tradition dates back to the 1940s, and people of all ages gather to dance under the stars.
Garner is the most popular state park in Texas and is often at capacity early in the day during peak season, which is Memorial Day through mid August. Overnight visitors can choose from campsites, screened-in shelters or cabins. You can check availability and make reservations online.
234 RR 1050
Concan, TX 78838
Camping Recipe of the Month
This Walking Tacos recipe is such a nice and easy idea for any party.
Just pick up a bunch of snack sized bags of Fritos or Doritos and add a few other toppings for your guests to choose from. I love that each person has the ability to customize their own Walking Tacos!
1 1/2 lb Ground Beef
2 tbsp Taco Seasoning
7 Lunch size bags Nacho Doritos, Cool Ranch Doritos and/or Fritos
Sour Cream, etc.
Basically all the taco toppings you can think of!
Brown ground beef and drain.
Add seasoning and 1/4 cup water.
Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Gently crush chips in each bag.
Open top and roll down edges of bag.
Add a meat and cheese and your favorite toppings and gently toss with a plastic fork.
How fun is this recipe!!
Camping Tip Of The Month
Whether you're a family of weekend campers or a retired couple looking to travel full-time, every RV beginner has to know a few important things before making the maiden voyage. Here are six quick tips to consider before you pile in and head out.
Tip 1: Decide Whether to Buy or Rent
This isn't always an easy decision, with pros and cons for both. However, when you consider a few key factors, the answer becomes clearer.
- Buy: You plan to go RV camping often or full-time and you have storage for the times when you aren't traveling.
- Rent: You plan to go on a single trip, or want to test the waters before making a purchase.
Tip 2: Get to Know Your RV
With little road experience, it's especially important that RV beginners take time to learn how the motorhome works, even if it's just a rental. If something breaks, you should be able to assess the problem, and potentially fix it. This saves time and money spent at a mechanic.
When you get to know your RV, you're less likely to make operational errors. For example, if you don't know how many amps your main breaker can handle, there's a good chance you'll blow it. This is a potentially expensive error that can be avoided by getting to know your rig.
Tip 3: Take a Practice Drive
Consider the roads you plan to drive on, and take a smaller trip on similar terrain. As an RV beginner you don't yet know what will move around in the living area or how hard it will be to switch lanes, ascend hills, and park.
Once you know the intricacies of driving an RV, you can make necessary adjustments. For example, if your drawers pop open, which they often do, you need to find a way to keep them shut.
Tip 4: Bring Tools and Spare Parts
Pack a well-stocked tool kit, and add in the things that your RV might need, like extra fuses, light bulbs, jumper cables, nuts, bolts and connectors. In addition, be sure to bring parts that are unique to your rig. Without these, you risk having to wait for the part to be ordered and shipped.
Tip 5: Don't Wing It
The urge to be spontaneous is tempting when your home is on wheels. Scott Motor Coach RV Sales is empathetic: "There's a certain pleasure in going where you want, when you want." Still, they recommend you have a plan: "It does help, however, to have a solid plan in place if it's your first time planning an RV trip."
When RVing, plan:
- The budget: How much you can allocate for food, fun and overnight stays.
- Your food supply: To buy and eat out.
- The route: The one you plan to take and alternate options.
- Stops: The places you want to see along the way.
- Campgrounds: Where along the route you plan to call it a night.
Tip 6: Create a Campground Setup Checklist
As an RV beginner, you might not have a campground routine yet. Therefore, having a checklist will ensure everything is set up as it should be. You checklist should include:
- Check the site for low hanging branches or obstacles on the ground.
- Locate the electrical, water and sewage hookups.
- Pull your RV in, close to the hookups, and level it with blocks or stabilizing jacks, if necessary.
- Secure your rig by chocking the wheels.
- Connect to the electrical hookup, and switch your appliances to pull from this source of power, instead of the battery or propane.
- Attach your sewer hose to the drain hook-up—be sure to wear gloves for this process.
- Put out your awning and set up the campsite.
RV beginners have a lot to look forward to: RVing is a great way to travel and explore the outdoors. However, knowing the basics is important to having a stress-free trip.
Camping Game Of The Month
Camping Scavenger Hunt For The Kids
Camping Pet Tip Of The Month
Be Sure to secure your pet While traveling.
“RV trips can be hazardous to your pet. How many times have you seen a small dog sitting on the drivers lap, looking out the window? Or the cat lying on the dashboard of the RV? A sudden stop, or even an accident can send your pet flying. A loose pet in a car can also escape if someone opens the door, forgetting that your pet is able to jump out before you can grab him or her. They make special harnesses for dogs like seatbelts, and the cat-carrier can always be used to transport your cat safely. Of course, make sure the carrier is also secured to the back seat with a seatbelt.
Camping With Kids Tip Of The Month
On RV road trips or not, every kid likes to collect things. Whether it is dolls, Legos, video games, or just stuff in general, you will be hard pressed now-a-days to find a child who doesn't like to have a whole lot of something. However, collecting things and RV travel with kids do not exactly go together hand-in-hand. There are, however, some really great things kids can collect on a road trip that take up little space and also serve as a keepsake for the miles and miles they have traveled, and the wonderful places they have seen.
- Gift Shop Souvenirs
- Scutelliphily: Patch or Badge Collecting
- Elongated Coins (Squished Pennies)
- Rocks and Stones
- Pins and Pinback Buttons
- State Magnets or Stickers
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