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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Texas: Kerrville-Schreiner Park

We're still in Austin, but I thought I'd catch up a little on some of the places we ripped through on our way to get here. One was Kerrville, TX in the hill country just southwest of Austin. We stayed only one night in the Kerrville-Schreiner Park, which is owned and managed by the town of Kerrville.  It has typical state park facilities, because it used to be one.  All the sites in the full-hook up section, where we were the only campers, were large pull throughs.  One strange little glitch about them was the sewer connection on the opposite side of the site from the other utilities, so we had to run the sewer hose under the RV. It might have been smarter to pull in the other way and run our electric and water hose under instead, but we didn't think of that, and I'm not sure it would have even been possible. It's very hard to effectively drain and then unhook a sewer hose that is running under your RV without spilling, but we managed.

Because we were there only one night we didn't have a lot of time to explore, but we did drive around town a little and eat at the local Italian restaurant, Valentino's. We had lasagna and chicken piccata for supper and then we got a pizza to go for our freezer, which we later discovered was great.  Kerrville is a very nice town with all the services you could need, many restaurants and a lovely little downtown.  Lots of big banks gave me the sense that we were in an area with some money - in contrast to the territory we'd been in for the last week down on the border and in New Mexico.

Early the next morning Kona and I took a walk along the Guadalupe River at sunrise. 

There's an old river walk with some impressive masonry walls and stairs. 

This little guy harassed us loudly for much of the walk. I guess he wasn't too happy about our being in his territory. 

And we got a close up look at this flock of ducks or geese, the like of which I have never seen before. Have you? What do you think they are? 

They are not native to the US, or Mexico, but are exotics that have escaped from parks or game farms, or been blown in by hurricanes, and have made themselves at home here on the Guadalupe. It took me quite a bit of research to uncover their identity.  See my next post for the answer.

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