We arrived at Lakewood Recreational Area in Gonzales, TX on Sunday after a short 500 mile day. We had talked about stopping half way, but ultimately decided to push on through and hopefully make it in time for dinner with my parents, sister and to pick up Kennedy, my niece. Kennedy is going to be hanging with us for the summer, which we’re both super excited about! (Ask me the end of July if we’re still excited!!)
Palmetto State Park, also in Gonzales, was our original spot for our first two weeks in Texas, but that park, along with the two Corp of Engineer Parks in Canyon Lake had some significant damage from the last flood, so it’s closed, which is why we were left scrambling at the last minute for new campgrounds. We found Lake Wood Recreational Area, which is also in Gonzales, and they had availability so we booked it!!
On our way there, I called to make sure they had availability, as we were a day earlier than anticipated. They did. Awesome! A couple hours later, the ranger called me back to tell me they may be evacuating due to the rains over the weekend. Uh oh! He said to call back around 4:00 to check on the status. When I called back, he told me that we can stay at the spots up top, and they’ll monitor the water levels and everything should settle in by late Monday afternoon and then we can move to the “real campground.”
So, we arrived, checked in to a nice spot by this canal—on higher ground—and went to see the family and pick up our new roommates—Kennedy and Olive, her less than a year old, puppy.
Our spot, beautiful, but right next to water.
View from our front door.
Kenndy, Olive and Hobie....Doggie Day Care with a jumper!!
By the time we got back to the park, didn’t have the time to check out the other campground area, but we did however witness-- across from the canal and our site (about 15 -20 ft)--a horse running next to the canal followed by a herd of goats. Probably 50-60 goats. Cool…and unusual. That’s obviously something you don’t see everyday!!
Not the greatest shot, but those are the goats across the canal from our site.
What we discovered in the morning when we went to check out the real campground was a nice shaded area, but it was next to a larger body of water (Lake Wood), with a damn, fast water, another river flowing in, etc. Not sure how it all is connected between the canal that was in front of our place, the lake, the river, the damn, but all I knew, there was there was a lot of water! A lot of water and a hurricane/tropical storm heading up through Texas. Bill. Damn Bill.
Later on Monday, headed to my parents for a nice visit, a little shopping and dinner. After dinner we were anxious to head back to the campground so Kennedy could do some fishing. The road into the campground is a couple of miles long, and mainly a semi-gravel road. Going down the road, Greg swerved to avoid what I was guessing was a small animal. As we passed it, Greg declared it was a spider. Seriously? You swerved for a spider is what I was thinking. “Turn around!!” I exclaimed. And sure enough, we found it—a tarantula. A big tarantula. Wow! Drove another 50 feet, and there was another one. Uh….there’s something I don’t want to see everyday!!
It was big....really big!!
Also, we were feeling pretty uneasy about staying where we were in light of the pending arrival of Bill (and the fact that that our original campground in Gonzales had flooded, and they were thinking about evacuating our current campground on Sunday) so the plan was to talk to the ranger when we got back to the campground and get some intel. Well, after a brief conversation where he told us the river/lake/body of some kind of damn water still hadn’t settled in (with five to eight inches being predicted over the next couple of days) and it was still slowly rising, we weren’t feeling too confident. And when a guy in a truck stopped to let the ranger know that he just killed a rattlesnake down the road, we were feeling even more uneasy. I mean seriously, a pending hurricane (okay, maybe tropical storm), tarantulas and now a rattlesnake….what’s next, locust? Seriously!!
The white sign on the deck is the water marker from a flood in 1998. Uh....
Back at the campsite, Kennedy was able to get in some fishing. Lots of nibbles, but no fish….yet. She’s quite the little fisher woman, so it’s just a matter of time!!
First catch....lilly pad!!
After some discussion, both Greg and I were in agreement—we needed to get the heck out of dodge! But where? Criteria: somewhere not next to a river, lake or other body of damn water. Somewhere not in Bill’s main path. Somewhere fairly close to the family. Okay, not as simple as it sounds. Seems that every freakin’ campground is next to some sort of water: Stone Creek RV Park, Riverbend RV Park, River Ranch Campground, Guadalupe River RV Resort, and the list goes on. And this Guadalupe River; it’s everywhere!! Then it hit me. I remembered seeing a park named, ‘Top of the Hill RV Resort.” That could work. And when I looked at it on a map, it was on the edge of the storm. Winner! Unfortunately, it was around midnight so would have to wait until morning to make sure they had a spot for us.
After a very sleepless night, we were up at 6:00 a.m. packing and getting ready with a 9:00 a.m. departure goal. At 9:05, we were on the road, and at 9:58, I was relieved to reach the campground and know that they some space for us! We didn’t really have a plan B if they were full, so whew!! And bonus, Passport America, so two nights half price. Yeah!
Side story: While in route, we were in some desperate need for gas and stopped at a place that was, oh, a little challenging for filling up. (Understatement.) Ultimately we ended up having to detach our toad and Greg maneuvered that beast like he was threading a needle between the gas pumps and very tall gas station sign. I swear he came within inches of a parked (police) car (and the sign, and the canopy, etc.). Honest, it was inches….and it was scary. Man is he good at driving this thing!! Whew. (no pictures, as I think my hands were shaking too much to take any pics!!)
Twenty minutes later, we arrived at our campsite and got set up. Greg wasn’t feeling well, so he spent the afternoon resting, etc. He’s not one to get sick, so was a little concerned. Even more concerned when he said, “I don’t think I have a fever,” then I proceeded to feel his forehead. Not having kids, I don’t have that innate ability to detect a fever, but even to me, it was pretty obvious. Fever. Thermometer confirmed a 100.8 temperature. Quick google search I found an Urgent Care and we were on our way. End result, diverticulitis. Ugh.
View from our new campground. I dare Bill to find us here!!!
Just got to wonder if Texas is trying to tell us something!! We’re still figuring out what we’re going to do since we were supposed to be in Lake Wood Rec Area in Gonzales for a month…..stay tuned. Oh....we did see two rainbows so far. Does that count for anything!?!