After we left the Orlando, Florida, area we made our way over the panhandle, stopped overnight outside of Mobile, Alabama, and continued over the Gulf of Mexico to our second “home” of Livingston, Texas.
This was our first time RVing in Texas and we were here for about five weeks. We first spent a week at the headquarters of the Escapees RV Club, then moved on to San Antonio, San Marcos, and then to Austin, Texas.
Texas is big, but Texas also presented some issues for us with medical care. This is the first time we have encountered issues with getting our prescriptions filled. Both of us have a medication that is considered a higher level of control than any other state. We ended up having to drive over 2 hours round trip back to Louisiana so that we could get our prescription filled by an out-of-state doctor. Even those medications that were normally very generic, and normally easy to fill elsewhere, were a nightmare at Walgreens within Texas. One more thing to know about travel into Texas, New York and California that have these stricter laws.
Our official residence address is Bushnell, Florida, an Escapees RV Club-owned property there that handles our “legal” mail. All of our other mail goes to the Rainbow Drive, Livingston, Texas, address. We had a cool tour of the mail processing center at the headquarters building. The RV park itself is like a little community, some of it is like a traditional campground but some of it is set back in the woods and are very private little residence lots.
Livingston (population 5,600) is about one hour Northeast of Houston, Texas. (Seems like everything is an hour or more from each other in Texas!) There is an older and a new area of town, with the major box stores in the new area.
Livingston was where we encountered our first Whataburger! We love their sandwiches (chicken tenders with BBQ bacon or the patty melt with jalapenos), but we could not get enough of their Dr. Pepper shakes!
National Museum of Funeral History
Yes, that’s right, we visited the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas! This was on our map from a “quirky” list of places to check out in the United States. Often these lists lead to a bust, but we were both pleasantly surprised by the quality of this museum and the way they address what could be a pretty morbid topic. We were there for a couple of hours checking out the various rooms and exhibits associated with the funeral industry. This museum is adjacent to the national funeral director training center.
San Antonio, Texas
There are no Aldi stores in the San Antonio area!
We stayed about an hour West of San Antonio at the Thousand Trails Medina Lake campground. Getting to this campground was rough. It is set way back off of the main roads, behind residential areas with really narrow and tree-lined streets. It appears that they have purchased two or three campgrounds that were on the now-defunct Medina Lake.
There really is no lake here anymore, it was purposefully drained for irrigation downstream. The area is becoming depressed. You will see signs about water delivery because wells are drying up. You will see marinas that are hundreds of feet from water and closed restaurants and bars because there is no water for playing. The campground utilities are old and you may or may not have water at times. Fortunately, we never lost our 30-amp-only power while there.
The best grocery store in the area is directly across from Dollar General, and the Hill Country Grocery Store is about 15 minutes from the campground. Unfortunately, it was the last night we actually noticed it. They have everything that you will probably need there, you just need to be flexible on brand and options.
San Antonio River Walk
In addition to the Alamo, San Antonio is best known for the river walk along the river downtown. Much of the river walk is not ADA accessible, but you can get at some of it with proper research on where the elevators are located. After we had German lunch in the cool cover of the terrace on the river we went on to enjoy a river cruise tour that took us through the downtown tourist areas. We had a very dynamic riverboat captain. She had lots of stories off-script and was great at navigating the busy river.
San Marcos, Texas
San Marcos is about an hour south of Austin and about two hours North of San Antonio, alongside Interstate 35. We even got our travel itineraries and schedules to finally align to meet up with some other full-time RVers for lunch at The Salt Lick BBQ.
Treeside RV Resort
This RV resort is a pretty new campground, or at least it is under major renovation and major expansion. Unfortunately, they take “tree-side” way too seriously! Later we determined that this would have actually worked out pretty well as a home base into Austin as well. It is a more rural area right off of I-35. Easy access in and out from the frontage road system, and easy delivery from the local Amazon warehouse. Quick easy access to New Braunfels just to the North.
We were in Austin so that Jason could attend a work-related conference in the city. We found the Austin Lonestar RV park on the southeast side of the city, alongside of I-35. RVing in the Austin area is very expensive with sites pushing around $100 / night. We would recommend this park for its location and quality. The only issue is the location is very urban and traffic around it is extreme no matter when you want to go out and about.
Next up? Moab!