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Summer Fun at The Frio River

The week of June 5 through June 13 is the week that we take our annual trip to the Frio River at Concan, Texas. We stay at the Parkview Riverside RV Park that is directly across from Garner State Park. This year we had to rent a camper since our camper was stolen on Easter day of this year and our new camper that we ordered has not arrived yet. One of our daughters and her family always go with us and they always rent a camper since we haven’t been able to talk them into buying their own. Maybe someday they will break loose and buy one.

This is the first time that we have ever rented a camper. Rather than rent one locally, we decided (for some reason) to rent a camper in San Antonio from a location that was recommended to us by the nice folks at Parkview Riverside RV Park. Our daughter did the same. My wife was trying to go cheap so she picked a 22 foot travel trailer for us and a 31 foot travel trailer for our daughter. When we arrived at the camper rental place and saw the 22 foot camper, we quickly changed our minds and went with a 26 foot trailer. Unfortunately our rental doesn’t have a slide-out so we feel a little cramped but are making the best of it. Please remember that the camper that we had stolen was 36 feet long and had three slide-outs and all of our stuff that we had accumulated over the years. So going to a 26 foot camper with no slides put us in a little bit of a cramp. We did learn one thing, and that is to not rent a camper sight unseen. Hopefully though, that will not ever be a issue again.

Anyway, we are at the Frio River having a good time with our daughter, son-in-law and five grandchildren. Unfortunately, the river is not as high as we would like for it to be. This part of the country is still in a severe drought. Therefore, the river is low and there really isn’t any area for tubing. When they have good rain here in the spring of the year, tubing is great on the river. However, even without the rain, everyone is still having a good time. There is always water in the river at this location since the river is mostly spring fed anyway. It just takes rain to make it a good tubing river.

Other than not being able to tube the river, everything else is the same. There is plenty of water for swimming, swinging off the ropes into the water, floating around enjoying the sun, and fishing. A few of the kids like to fish, so they have caught enough catfish for a fish fry tomorrow night. The nightly dance at Garner State Park is still one of the biggest family attractions here. We have been twice and the kids have had a great time. You don’t even have to know how to dance. The kids and grownups just get out on the dance floor and mix it up the best they can. It is just fun to watch young children get out and dance uninhibited.

Neal’s Lodge and Restaurant still serves good food so we are going there for breakfast in the morning. Neal’s also offers a nightly hayride, which we usually take each year. Elm Creek Stables still have their horse back rides and you can take a helicopter ride from the House Pasture Restaurant. There’s plenty of things to do here at the Frio, so come on down, I know you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

As an added peace of info, my son-in-law and I hiked up Old Baldy twice this trip. On our second trip, we explored an area that we had been told about by another camper. There is a path about half way up Old Baldy that leads to an area they call “Ice Cave”. On our way down on the second trip we took the path that we had been told about. The path takes you to a large crevasse in the face of Old Baldy. There is a constant flow of air coming out that is about 10 to 15 degrees colder than the surrounding air. It is like standing in a refrigerator if you step into the crevasse.   I have no idea what causes the air flow, but it is a very interesting natural event.  I have been coming to this area for many years and didn’t know about this area.  It was worth the side trip to experience it.

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