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Published: February 7th 2011
This blog will be mostly pictures.
We have been staying at Palmetto State Park located between Luling and Gonzales, Texas, since Jan. 28th. Did you hear about the Arctic blast that came through Texas - we were right in its path! We had 4 nights of 18 degree temps. We ran 2 heaters to stay warm and in the morning had to run a heater under the camper to thaw frozen pipes.
The weather aside, this is an interesting place to spend a couple weeks. The park has a great little campground, hiking/biking trails and a rich history. We visited both Luling and Gonzales several times. Luling was founded in 1874, but really boomed when oil was discovered in 1922, that opened up a 12 mile long 2 mile wide oil field. The smell of oil hits you as soon as you get close to Luling. To many it is the smell of money in the bank, but much of Luling looks like so many small old towns that are barely holding on. City Market BBQ, in the center of town, is a very well known restaurant . This a very no frills place with great BBQ
- Texas style; they use a dry rub instead of sauce. There are no waitresses in this place- you order right in the cook house, no dishes - big pieces of butcher paper serve that purpose.
Gonzales is the other little town near the park and it is quite historical. They call it the Lexington of Texas because it is the site of the first skirmish of the Texan Revolution in 1835. There are many beautiful old homes and mansions that were built by the cattle barons and cotton kings. But like Luling, there are now many empty shops and the whole place looks a bit depressing in winter. Taking the driving tour and walking tour is fun - especially the old jail.
We pick up our new 5th wheel on Thursday the 10th!!!!!
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I think it's called a Dog Trot, not a dog run!
i have tried to edit.
you are in there because you are a woman and not a lunatic right? or is it because you are both?
who's the lunatic?
Wondering how you decided who would take the bath and who would be in the looney cell? Either way, some cool sites!
Was it good?
I sure like the bathtub guy. Lee was laughing when he hung up from talking to Ron about campers and that it was sooo cold. You will really love your new camper tomorrow. Wait until Mom sees these pictures tomorrow. Hang the bathtub one up in the camper. It sure is great camping living in a 5th wheel. It's just a cottage on wheels. Let us know the dates you are in Arizona. We are leaving here March 24th. If you are there, we can get together. Have fun. Love Ya - Car