The Blissful Blanco (River) - A Blanco State Park Chronicle Entry

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The Blissful Blanco (River) - A Blanco State Park Chronicle Entry

One of my worries when committing to a blog was, "what in the world do I actually write about?" I feel a sense of deja vu as well in that I've already posed that question here, and we're only on what, our 4th blog post? You're OK with repetition, right?

I suppose that creating a chronicle of sorts might fit in well here, seeing as Rio and I are traveling around the country making puzzles and all. Basically, a chronicle of places we've stayed at. I talked it over with Rio and we came to a mutual agreement that chronicle is a good word... vastly superior to diary. 

Dear Diary Chronicle,

Rio and I officially rolled out on the road. After much debate, we set our sights on Blanco State Park. I'd like to say that we drove and drove, but the reality is that I left him at my mom's house (just to pick up later in the day - he takes a while to say goodbye), picked the trailer up at storage, and slowly cruised 45 miles westward. 

Blanco State Park is actually only about 20 minutes from my old place in Wimberley. Go big or go home, eh!? Actually, I had a slew of custom puzzles to make and deliver back into Wimberley, a nephew's football game, a few See Ya Later's to give, and I needed a final meal from Pho-Lishas* (like any food I mention here, just go try it - you will thank me later).

*regardless of how often I mention food, this is not a food blog

Blanco State Park is one of the smaller properties operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at just 104 acres, of which a decent portion of them are submerged, covered by the typically blissful, but occasionally aggrieved Blanco River. 

What do I mean by aggrieved, how can a river be aggrieved, and what happens when the Blanco is aggrieved? Texas Monthly has those answers. You don't want to camp here when the river is aggrieved.

Under normal, everyday circumstances, Blanco State Park is a little piece of accessible paradise in the Texas Hill Country. The park is long and skinny, relatively speaking, with both banks firmly in park territory. In an unusual configuration for state parks, private residences line the northern boundary with direct access to the park and additional traffic moves through on Park Road 23 as a means of access to residences and ranchland located further south. 

This park, though small in stature, packs a punch - offering up all of the water activities that are so dearly loved in the Texas Hill Country, except tubing. You can float around in a tube if you want, I suppose, but it's just not a real popular tubing river. Fishing? Yup. Kayaking. Swimming. Picnicking. Goose chasing and squirrel chasing (two things Rio really wanted to do but that danged leash). 

Plenty of camping spots exist in two loops. A few (more than 10, less than 15?) premium sites with water, electric (50/30/15 amp) and sewer are largely arranged on the interior of the first loop. On the outside of this loop, nearest the water, are several screened shelters. The park does a fairly good job of keeping a decent amount of room between sites and avoiding a RV-park feeling; the parks are usually pretty good about this anyways.

The second loop offers significantly more camping areas (again, well spread out and conspicuously absent of pink yard flamingos - thank ya Lord!). These sites all offer water and electric (30/15 amp).

 

 

 

An abundance of shade and covered picnic tables along both loops provide a relaxing environment whenever your dog isn't out chasing geese and squirrels.

 

 


Rio eyeing a squirrel at Blanco State Park
We didn't take a whole lot pictures on this outing. Actually, we (I, Rio isn't much of a puzzlemaker) mostly played catch up in getting out orders and trying to arrange things in a way that made sense. I don't know that things make sense yet but hey, we tried.
The good thing is that in addition to the few images we took on this trip, I have a number of them from previous trips that should serve alright as a mini virtual tour from a guide who really isn't a guide, and didn't take pictures intending for them to serve as a guide. How's that for a disclaimer?
Blanco River during Fall, looking westward, from Blanco State Park. 
Blanco River at Blanco River State Park during Fall, Looking West
Blanco River at Blanco State Park during fall, looking westward, but portrait orientation!
Blanco River at Blanco State Park during the fall
Blanco River at Blanco River State Park, lower falls
Lower dam at Blanco River State Park
Blanco River at Blanco State Park, lower falls
Blanco River State Park, lower dam
Blanco River State Park, upper falls / main dam at sunrise
Blanco State Park sunrise at the upper falls / main dam
Blanco River State Park, main falls / dam, just a few minutes later with the first golden rays of light breaching the horizon.
Blanco River at sunrise with the first golden rays of lights
Blanco River State Park, middle of the night
Blanco State Park, nightscape over the Blanco River

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