Vanessa and I decided we wanted to get away from the Austin city vibes for a bit and decided to check out a little slice of heaven that's centrally located: McKinney Falls. Around 10-15 minutes from South Congress and Ben White, McKinney Falls is a bit of natural paradise and a Texas hikers dream.
We arrived around 2pm and checked in at the office/general store. They had wood for sale, plus s'mores ingredients, coffee, snacks, starter fire, anything you needed for a campout to make it memorable. We of course, grabbed some s'mores stuff and firewood, before paying our camp fee. Probably the coolest part about this Texas State Park is that the camp fee is $20. That's right, for us to be parked in the woods with a water and electric hookup -- $20 per night. Music to our spendthrift ears.
We got to site 52 and set up shop. Unrolled Maude's awning and set the ambiance for the rest of the stay. We love feeling at home everywhere we go, so this is always important to us. We made some soup and sandwiches for lunch and enjoyed the gorgeous weather.
After lunch, we decided to hike the Onion Creek trail which wraps around the state park at about 3 miles. On the hike, we saw an armadillo, very busy doing important armadillo stuffs, and a family of deer grazing. There were rumors of coyotes on the trail, but we didn't get to see any. The trail ended up at Upper Creek Falls, which is where we stopped for a swim.
Since the water was about 50 or so degrees and it was about 65 degrees outside, I probably wouldn't have jumped in if it weren't for some coercion on Vanessa's part (she can be quite persuasive). So, we did, and although my lungs seized in my chest, I don't regret taking the plunge.
Nighttime settled in back at camp and we got the fire roaring. We made some tea and played a round of Rummikub by the fire. Dinner consisted of veggie hotdogs, mustard, and Just Mayo (sriacha style) with a s'mores dessert.
Camping rules. We love getting immersed in nature and falling asleep to the sounds of crickets and rustling trees. I would recommend this Texas State Park to any RV travel blogger, any family looking to get away, or any couple looking to reconnect. If you don't have an RV, bring a tent! And if you're lucky enough to meet Kurt, the park host, then you've found the site where The Roamans stayed.
Big things happening this week from the Austin Film Festival. We're lucky enough to be working with The Sundance Documentary Club. Stay tuned!
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