We moved a little further south, dropping below San Antonio to a state park outside of the small town of Three Rivers. Welcome back to the heat and humidity! At the beginning of our stay we were feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandra out in the Pacific, pumping moisture across Texas, again. A cold front passed through and returned the weather back to normal and we were once again comfortable in the low 40’s.
Our first impression of Choke Canyon State Park wasn’t great – it’s out in the boonies, near an oil refinery, and a federal prison. There are RV parks everywhere for oil field workers and the nearby towns didn’t offer much in the way of grocery stores or restaurants However, what the park did offer were large sites in a quiet park on a reservoir with abundant wildlife. We saw javelinas, deer everywhere, rabbits, raccoons, turkeys, and a variety of other birds. It also offered many hiking trails. We did spend a lot of time in the RV due to the rain but when it would lighten up out we would go on another hike.
They aren’t hogs but they kind of look like them. They are medium sized animals and look similar to a wild boar. They have poor eyesight and hearing but an acute sense of smell. We saw a herd of at least 14 when we were out one day and they were quickly crossing a field and the road. They were not curious about us at all and just continued along their path, neither speeding up or slowing down.
The deer here are small and not afraid of people even though there were signs everywhere that said “Do not feed the wildlife or you will be fined $500.” This is the first place we’ve ever been where the deer bed down during the day beside a trail under some trees or at night behind our RV. Deer were plentiful and we were just about guaranteed to see them when we went out.
Birds, Birds, Everywhere
This park is known as a bird watching destination and all the trails were named after a different bird.
Thanksgiving in the Park
We had a quiet Thanksgiving feast of tofu pot pie, dressing, and cranberry sauce. It was a nice time for us to reflect upon all that we are thankful for with our good friends and families. Since we retired we realize how important it is to stop, be in the moment, and be grateful for all that we have – wonderful friends and family, our health, our travels, … We don’t say it often enough but we are grateful – thank you for always finding a way to include us in your lives – through Facebook, FaceTime, phone calls, emails, etc.
Hope to See You All Soon — Happy Trails!