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Fort Richardson State Park

Because of my last-minute planning, there were not many campsites available in Texas when it was time for me to book our September camping trip. I found one at Fort Richardson State Park in Jacksboro, which isn’t far from us and is a park we’ve never been to, so I reserved a spot for two … Continue reading

Camping and Hiking at Robbers Cave

Texas state parks have stayed full during the last several months; at times it’s nearly impossible to get a camping reservation. The good thing is that it has forced me to go to new places. After researching the top ten camping and hiking spots in Oklahoma, my dad and son and I decided on Robbers … Continue reading

South Llano River State Park: Social Distancing at its Finest

The bright side to all the craziness in the world is that we have more free time than normal. For years, my son and I have gone camping every fall, and usually also every spring, but we have been so busy that it has been over a year since we’ve gone. Until this past weekend. … Continue reading

Hiking to the Top of Texas: Guadalupe Mountains National Park

After writing The Summer of My Discontent, I decided it was time for more adventure. First on my list was to hike to the top of Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas (8751 feet), in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The first question was whether I’d go alone or find a hiking buddy. My eleven-year-old … Continue reading

Daddy Daughter Camping Trip

I recently wrote about my annual fall camping trip with my son. This week, I took my two daughters on their own camping trip. Since it was cold and the two days before Thanksgiving, we almost had the whole state park to ourselves, which was nice. Here are a few of my favorite pictures. Please … Continue reading

Lake Brownwood State Park

On the day after Thanksgiving in 2012, my four-year-old son and I loaded up our camping gear, along with half a pickup load of firewood, and drove south to Lake Brownwood State Park. Neither of us had been there before. At the time, Texas was in the middle of one of the worst droughts since … Continue reading

A Trip to Caprock Canyons State Park

My 9-year-old camping buddy and I headed Northwest into the sparsely populated part of Texas two weekends ago. Every town we came to is a landmark of some sort. As we drove through Stamford, home of the largest amateur rodeo in Texas, the temperature dropped to 25, which is a tad cold for tent camping. In … Continue reading

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