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A day for a drive

Yesterday was a day to take a drive. When we are out here in the Hill Country, we usually take at least one long drive to view the countryside. Actually I needed to go to Uvalde, Texas to take care of some unfinished business at Quail Springs RV Park. We have stayed there 4 or 5 times but never took any pictures of the campground since the last time there I had not had started my website. I always stay at Quail Springs when I go dove hunting in Uvalde in September. This past year our dove hunting trip was interrupted by Hurricane Ike so I wasn’t able to take any pictures.

We started our trip by going into Bandera and stopping at Busbee’s Barbecue restaurant for a chopped beef sandwich. If you are in this area and you like Barbecue, you’ll need to stop at Busbee’s Barbecue as the Barbecue is really good. We continued down Highway 173 to Hondo, Texas where I found diesel fuel for $1.89 and filled up. Then we had to stop at the HEB grocery store for a battery to power up our bathroom scales. I need that to keep track of my wife’s weight. We were now on Highway 90 and continued to Uvalde. Just before getting into Uvalde, I saw a sign for a RV park by the name of the Spanish Dagger. We passed it up so I did a uturn and went back to the entrance. Spanish Dagger campgroundThe park had to be new and I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to see what it looked like. We traveled for 1.5 miles on the gravel road before we got to the park. The park is new since this January and is not really complete. There is still a lot of work to be done but they are open for business. We were given a tour and were told of what the owner has planned for the park. Although they only have 35 spaces at this time, it certainly seems to have potential, but there is work to be done.

Quail Springs RV park We left the Spanish Dagger after visiting for about an hour and a half and continued another mile and a half down the road to Quail Springs. I took a number of pictures of the campgound and will do a campground review for the website. It should be posted sometime next week. Quail Springs isn’t a big campground but it is nice and is shaded by a lot of large Live Oak trees. They have a couple of Live Oaks next to the office that must be over a hundred years old.

We left Qual Springs and Uvalde, continuing up Highway 83 north to Concan, Texas. We wanted to check out the Frio River and see how much water it had in it.Picture of Frio River The river is spring feed for the most part so it always has water but it takes some rain to get the river up far enough to provide good tubing during the summer months. This part of the Hill Country has been in an extreme drought for a long time so they are in desperate need of rain. Hopefully they will get enough rain over the next couple of months to get the river up to par.

While in Concan we stopped by Neal’s Lodge to see how their business is during this Spring Break period.
Picture of Neal's Lodge
There weren’t a large number of people but they did have business. They told us that their bookings were running ahead of normal for the summer months.

We continued up Highway 83 to CR 350 and stopped at Parkview Riverside RV Park. We wanted to check on possibly changing our reservation for May and also visit with the friends that we have made there over the years. We go there with some of our children and grandchildren every summer.

We left Parkview Riverside and coninued down CR 350 to intersect with FM 1050 which leads to the entrance of Garner State Park. Just before the intersection we saw a large group of Axis Deer at a feeder in someones yard. I guess they rang the dinner bell and all the Axis deer showed up.
Axis Deer

We continued a short distance down FM 1050 to the entrance of Garner State Park. We did a quick drive through to see what was happening. There were quite a number of tent campers and people using the small cabins that are available. Garner is a very popular park and usually is full during the summer. They have RV sites but we were told at one time that there is a length limit of 28 feet.

We left Garner and got back out on Highway 83 and header north to Leaky, Texas. It was about 6 pm by this time so we stopped at the Eagles Nest restaurant, which is about 2 miles south of Leaky, to eat dinner. From there we went into Leaky and picked up FM 337 for our trip back to Medina. FM 337 is a very scenic highway. The road is steep in places and has a lot of switch backs. It is not a good road for a large camper but is great for an afternoon drive. There are some very spectacular views along the way. It is truly worth the trip if you happen to be in the area. Going east on FM 337 you “T” into Ranch Road 187 in Vanderpool, take a right and then a left a short distance down Ranch Road 187. FM 337 then ends up in Medina and then back to the campground. Very nice drive!


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