Inks Lake State Park - March 2-6, 2020
We are thinking that this will be our last RV camping trip using our Titanium 24E29 5-th wheel trailer. But, 2020 is starting out every way except normal, so we can't make much of a prediction on the future of camping at this time.
We are making the trip, accompanying our friends Pat & Annette, who have an RV. Once we overcome the problems in getting to the park, the rest of the trip was enjoyable.
[Monday] We left home about 10:30 am and made it to Ellinger, a few miles south of La Grange on TX-71, and discovered that our right rear trailer tire was shredded. The Tire Minder monitoring system we had, showed the tire going flat, but an operator error caused it to indicate a tire on the left side of the trailer, but it was actually on the right side. This caused us to drive a little longer on the wheel than we should have. We stopped in Ellinger for lunch and we then saw the shredded tire. We called LaGrange Tire to come change the tire and we decided to put a new set of tires on.
This activity, along with a poor decision on the route to take to the park (going through the edge of Austin per the TomTom GPS), caused us to get into the Austin area during the peak home-going time. We got to Inks Lake State Park about 6:30 pm.
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[Tuesday] This morning we went with our friends to the bird blind This is the best bird blind we have ever been to. We saw lots of birds.
We then walked the Devil's Backbone Nature Trail from the bird blind to the scenic overlook, then back.
After lunch, about 2:30 pm, we drove to the Park Entrance and walked a poortion of the Lower Fisherman's Trail and the Lake Trail. We had a little trouble with the Lake Trail loop and probably walked it twice. We got back to the trailer about 5:30 pm.
[Wednesday] We were awaken this morning with lightening and thunder and rain at about 5:00 am. After breakfast, as the rain continued, we stayed in the trailer until noon. At noon, we drove with our friends to Llano, where we enjoyed lunch at Cooper BBQ. After we ate, we stopped by the courthouse in Llano and looked around.
We drove back to the park and played Rummikub with our friends until suppertime. It rained more while we were playing, but had stopped by 5:30, when we stopped playing. We walked back to our trailer, ate supper and watched TV.
[Thursday] After breakfast this morning we drove back over to the bird blind and saw lots of birds again. The most beautiful bird we saw both trips to the bird blind were the Lesser Goldfinches. After viewing for about an hour, we went back to the trailer and ate lunch.
After lunch, we walked through the camping area of the park to Devil's Waterhole. It is an iconic swimming hole where Spring Creek and Inks Lake meet. We then walked the Valley Spring Creek Trail to the Valley Spring Creek Waterfall, and contined on the trail until it looped around to where we started. We then walked back to the trailer. Later in the afternoon, we went down to our friend's RV and played a few games of Rummikub again before leaving for supper. It was a nice sunny day, with a high temperature of about 72 degrees.
[Friday] This morning after breakfast, we said goodbye to our friends, who left before we did, then we left Inks Lake State Park via TX-29 east until it ended at TX-95. Then TX-95 to TX=71. Then TX-71 to US Alt-90 back home.
Unfortunately, on the way back as we neared where TX-71 crosses IH-10, we saw our friend's RV on the side of the road. We stopped and talked to them and they said a wrecker was coming to tow them in. To summarize a long ordeal in one sentence, they ended up spending the night a short distance off the highway and were picked up by family the next day.
You never know what adventure awaits you when you go on an RV trip!!!
This draws to a close our brief trip to Inks Lake State Park. We hope you enjoyed the photos and brief descriptions of our activities. God willing, join us again soon for another travel adventure.
Goodbye for now,
Lawson & Kay
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV)