Like Camping in Our Own Backyard

Although we tried for weeks to get a local campsite, none were to be had. Halloween has taken on all the trappings of a national holiday, so area campgrounds are completely booked the weekend closest to it. Our only option was to spend the weekend in Cloud 9 parked at the storage unit. It’s like…

August in Austin

Most folks with any knowledge of Texas weather wouldn’t dream of traveling to Austin in the middle of August for a camp-out, even under the towering trees at Pecan Grove RV Park. But Cliff’s attendance at a work-related conference necessitated a three-day stay, so wE decided to make a week of it. Doing so gave…

Three Years, and Counting

It has been said that time is our most precious commodity. We’ve long subscribed to the idea that the best way to spend our time is by traveling. And so, three years ago this week, we took possession of our first Airstream, a 22-foot Sport, and spent our first night camping out. We kept that rig…

Six-Week Staycation

We’re wrapping up a six-week spring staycation at Loyd Park, and we’re in no hurry to leave. In fact, Jon’s Mom recently asked, “Do you think you’ll ever stay in your house again?” There are campers who have no desire to stay, and campers who are in no hurry to leave. We fall squarely into…

The Gathering Gloom

We spent the weekend at Cedar Hill State Park, enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures while contending with seasonal allergies. By late Saturday, a cold front moved in, bringing pop-up thunderstorms, sustained winds and overcast skies that lasted well into Sunday. Still, we were able to grill steaks on Friday and lamb on Saturday. And a quick visit…

Finally, Fall

The first weekend of fall found us at our beloved Loyd Park, weathering storms, high humidity, and heavy downpours. We love this time of year, when, as the poet Humbert Wolfe said so beautifully, “the air is wild with leaves.” Autumn has a certain scent, thanks to abscission (from the Latin ab, meaning “away,” and…

A Wet-Turned-Wonderful Weekender

Once again, the weather forecasters seemed to agree we would have a wet weekend, with 80 percent coverage in some areas. What they couldn’t agree on was the timing. Clearly, other campers were deterred by the dire warnings. But we pressed ahead, knowing that being holed up in Cloud 9 would be as good or better…