We spent our second week in Austin at McKinney Falls State Park. This was our first visit to a Texas State Park, so I have no idea if this campground is typical of all Texas state parks. But if it is, then we really like Texas State Parks.
The sites here are large and generously spaced. We were able to choose our own site when we arrived, and I think we scored one of the best in the park with an enormous, private yard and tons of trees for shade. The best part? No road noise like last week. Yay!
In addition to really nice sites, McKinney Falls also has a variety of walking and biking paths. The primary path makes a wide loop around the outside of the campground, providing nearly 3 miles of paved, wooded trail. There are also several additional miles of trails near the waterfalls that we never got a chance to explore.
Besides the sites and trails, our favorite thing about staying here is that some of our Airstream friends came to join us! The two couples who we hung out with at the Balloon Fiesta, Lauri & Jase and Kate & Iain, arrived early in the week. Thanks to a campground that is nearly empty on the week days (always full on the weekends though) they both got sites near us. The first night we had an impromptu gathering at Kate & Iain’s site. Just look how much room they have.
The next day we were joined by yet another Airstreamer who we met at the Balloon Fiesta. Sam and his awesome dog Frank travel around in a 1966 Airstream that’s in the process of renovation. We met him very briefly as we were getting ready to leave the Fiesta, and when we learned that he was also on his way to Austin told him to look us up when he arrived. Strangely enough, he then ran into Lauri & Jase at a New Mexico state park a week or so later, exchanged info with them, and then showed up at McKinney Falls a few days after we all arrived. It’s constantly amazing to me how our traveling community is always growing.
In the middle of the week we hosted a casual pot-luck style gathering at our site. All of the Airstreamers attended, plus our friend Marshall, along with Kate & Iain’s nephew, Tim, who is currently in Austin for an internship.
I forgot to take a picture before the food table got devoured, but as you can see by this mid-feast shot we had a plethora of tasty and healthy foods. Dinner was followed by a few hours of lively conversation. RVers never run out of interesting things to talk about.
And with that we’ve reached the end of our time here. This afternoon we’re heading a few hours east to Houston where, for the first time ever, we will both leave the Airstream behind and travel by plane to visit family on the east coast. As always, it’s sad to say goodbye to everyone, but I have faith that the we will meet them all again someday, somewhere down the road.