With school beginning tomorrow my family and I decided to treat my son and my two nephews to a day at the river. All summer long the boys had been under quarantine and did not get to partake in their usual activities. Last summer we took a family trip to Corpus Christi, Texas where we had a blast exploring the city. We particularly enjoyed visiting the Texas State Aquarium and taking the boys fishing. We wanted to give them a small taste of normalcy before their summer comes to an end and the school year begins.
We planned on going to Kerrville-Schreiner Park in Kerrville, Texas. We had been there before and enjoyed the Guadalupe River which runs right through it. The last time I went there was 2 summers before and I remember having a great time. However, with the current pandemic, I was apprehensive about taking our boys to a park which I distinctly recall as being jam packed with people. After grabbing breakfast with my husband, our son, y la familia, we hit the road. I’m one of those people who enjoys long car rides and I quickly plugged in my earbuds to begin researching for an upcoming article I’m working on for Live From The Southside magazine. After about an hour, I realize we should have arrived to the park. I plug the park’s address into my GPS only to realize we had passed the park by 50 miles! I tell my husband and he begins to “debate” the issue. Long story short, we end up at a different park located in Junction, Texas.
While we never made it to Kerrville, I’m glad we accidentally arrived at the South Llano River State Park. I had never ventured out to Junction, Texas and I was suspicious at the lack of city life in the outskirts of the city. There were no buildings, shopping centers, or even other people. It was miles of country road with limestone cliffs and dry, desert brush on either side. Next time, I would love to explore the city of Junction itself. At first glance, the park seemed typical. You had your usual picnic tables, barbecue pits, and playgrounds for the kids. As you drive further in, you see the massive Llano River peeking through the pecan trees lining it’s rocky banks. The sight itself was breath taking. The blue-green water glistened and gleamed in the bright Texas sun. There were only two other families there so the sounds of nature were intensified all around us. The chirp of the birds was melodic and the gentle rush of running river water was serene and tranquil. Even the wild bunch of my son and two nephews had to stand quietly in appreciation. We had never seen anything like it.
We rapidly unpacked, dressed in swim suits, and lathered on sunscreen. I was the first to march fearlessly in to the river because the family wanted to know if the water was cold. The water was welcoming, cool and tolerable. In fact, the water’s temperature was perfect and felt refreshing. We we began tubing, swimming, and skimming rocks on the river. We attempted fishing but forgot some essentials so unfortunately that didn’t work out. Nevertheless, it was a heart warming experience. I loved seeing my family relax and have a great time. I especially loved that my husband spent time with his mother and two brothers. This pandemic hasn’t allowed us to spend time together as we normally would. We missed each other and I enjoyed being in their company. My son and his cousin Zayden are a mere 4 months apart in age and are extremely close to one another. They had missed each other terribly. The time together was long overdue and spending that time at the Llano River made it all the sweeter.
I would definitely recommend a trip out to the South Llano River State Park. Aside from the gorgeous river views and scenery, the park itself was extremely clean and well kept. The park grounds included a pavilion for a large gathering or party along with basketball and volleyball courts. They even had a men’s and women’s restroom which was convenient. From what I understand the park also includes camping grounds. We happened to stumble upon a separate entrance and we were only able to explore that side of the park. I can’t wait to go back and see what else the park has to offer! Thank you for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it!
Con mucho carino,