summer vacation // garner state park // tx

we recently returned from our frio river trip to garner state park in the hill country of texas. this place is magical. the park opened in 1941 and is the most visited state park in texas.  the cool clear waters of the frio river run through the park which is a reason why this place stays really booked so planning way ahead is essential to getting a spot for the summer. 

we were surprised how many people were there and how family friendly it was. during the summer, the park has a nightly dance for the guests. tons of teenagers, adults, and kids dancing together and having fun! annie and jane had a blast and were completely blown away with the music, the number of fire flies buzzing around, and the amazing atmosphere of laughter on a hot summer night. 

on the second day we decided to rent some tubes and go on the short river float ( 1 1/2 hr. ) we rented our tubes through the park and they trucked us to a drop off point outside of the park. we tided our tubes together so we could stay together and off we went. the river was flowing pretty good we didn't have to get out and walk in too many places. annie thought going over the "waterfalls" (rapids) was pretty cool. jane was a trooper, no complaining. it was so relaxing and a great way to see a lot of amazing scenery. 

there is no doubt we want this trip to become a family tradition. we recently purchased a used small 19 foot camper that is going to see a lot of use this summer and in the coming years. we do no media on our trips and the kids absolutely love it. something about the outdoors calms my mind and brings me back to a very peaceful happy place.