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This is the first weekend roundup! With Kevin’s schedule, we always try and use our weekends for adventures. After the weekends we are able to get out and explore, I will be doing a weekend round up. This will cover everything we did and places we went! So welcome to the first weekend round up!
This weekend adventure wasn’t even a thought at first because Kevin would be playing soldier all day Saturday. Friday night though he came from work to tell me that plans changed (gotta love army life) and he was free all weekend! Of course, we couldn’t miss an opportunity for an adventure due to last min changes. Early on Saturday, we made our coffee and off we went to the first destination.
If you have never taken a back road here in Texas you are seriously missing out! Since we have gotten here we have made it a goal to avoid major highways and only take back roads. If we hadn’t taken some back roads we wouldn’t have found these amazing locations. The hill country of Texas is so pretty!
Texas is full of little towns but the best ones are off of these roads. The only way we could get to our first destination was off of a back road. The little town of Comfort….(Texas also has great town names) is the home to a quaint little restaurant called Alamo Springs Cafe next to Old Tunnel state park. This state park has a few nature trails but its biggest attraction is at dawn watching the bats come out. It has a designated seating area just for the occasion and it overlooks the valley and hills they emerge from! Unfortunately, on this trip, we didn’t get a chance to watch the bats but it will be added to the bucket list! I don’t know about you but I think bats are adorable.
Now onto the Alamo Spring Cafe, located right around the corner, this place was packed! It is the home to the best burgers or that’s what the internet claimed so here we are to test it for ourselves. you enter through the side and seat yourself and you also serve yourself your drinks. They have other menu items but Kevin and I were determined to Test these burgers you have the choice of a hamburger or a cheese burger and they come with the normal lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms and then it has a huge list of other items you can add on top. Kevin added chilli and bacon on his while I only added avocados and grilled onions. Then we did a split order of fries and onion rings because hello who can say no to onion rings, not this girl! And I’m glad we did order them they were the best onion rings I’ve ever had. the servers were really sweet and our food came out rather quick especially with how many people were there.
Now that lunch is taken care of its time to make the final leg of this trip so we can start kayaking! The Medina river located in Medina, TX (makes that easy to remember) this river was crystal clear the entire time (short) time we kayaked it. A big note to add is to make sure it has a bit more water to it. We had small sections that we could kayak through but unfortunately more times we ended up dragging the kayaks over rocks. We only made it a small way up but we stopped and swam periodical. The second time we got out to swim a fish decided Kevin’s shorts would be a tasty snack. Now I love the ocean and swimming but if anything touches my feet I will jump about 50 ft in the air. Well, when Kevin said a fish was biting him (he didn’t mention it was just his shorts) I learned very quickly that I can SUCCESSFULLY climb onto my kayak in the middle of the river and get back in right without knocking my dog off!
We both still wanted to kayak some more but we have been having the problem of hot Texas summer= dry rivers. Most of the places we have been trying are smaller rivers but they are too dry to actually kayak. We started to head back towards home to hit one of the larger river or lakes but as we are leaving we cross the bridge of the Guadalupe river! Immediately we turn around and head down to the public boat ramp to get an evening paddle in. First, though we had to go on the rope swing!! I had always wanted to try one but never had the chance to till today this little park right next to the boat ramp had tons of them! Now that I had that out of my system we could start kayaking. Little ways up from us was a small out clove of the river and of course, it was out of the way so we had to go. It went way further than we originally thought and as long as we could sorta see we would head up it. It was mostly trees but we did pass a trash can….. Not just a small trash can you have at your house this was a large dumpster. This dumpster wasn’t even on the ground it was in a tree in the middle of the forest. After that point, it was starting to get to shallow and a fish jumping made me scream so we turned around to head back to the main portion of the river and head back.
Now we are about 3 hours away from home and it is already 9:30 at night and we are both exhausted and not ready to go home and end this adventure. We also didn’t want to spend money on a hotel room or to camp someplace. The only option we had left was to go home right… Wrong! we made it to Marble Falls and fell in love with the view at night and didn’t want to miss it during the day. Right next to the public boat ramp was a very low key park so we decided that would be the best place to set up camp. Free camping in Texas can be a little difficult to find they like to make their money from you sleeping in the dirt. With this place however we decided we would set up (no signs saying we couldn’t) and the worst that could happen someone would come and tell us to leave.
No one asked us to leave!! Now time to explore Marble Falls, The view we wanted to see in daylight was definitely worth the wait and staying right by the water we had to grab the kayaks down to explore for a few hours. We only paddled around for a few hours but it is so much fun seeing the different parts of the Colorado river.
After talking to a few interesting families we packed up to head over to Kingsland to grab food at a little cafe that Kevin tried to go to over the winter but it was closed. On the way, though there is a historical point and overlook of the river we had to stop at besides the chain fence the view was magnificent. You could see a few miles down the river both ways. Sometimes you need to feel small to really appreciate these amazing views.
Now onto this Cafe. This cafe is so cute from the outside and the inside is the same. I am a sucker for older homes the Victorian style I live for. Well, this place was also extremely busy (Lunch time on Sunday) and we ended up sitting at the bar for a second. All we could see were Texas Chainsaw massacre paraphernalia even the shirts the waiter were wearing had Texas Chainsaw Massacre stuff on them. Well, it turns out that this Cafe was the original home the movie was filmed in! It was originally filmed in Round Rock then moved to Kingsland. The food and drinks at this place were amazing and we can’t wait to come back again. It was a perfect place you could dress up or down and the food and drinks were very reasonably priced. After eating we wanted to go explore Llano but the weather started to take a turn for the worse and Lakey was completely done and ready to go home so that’s the end of our adventure weekend.