Saturday, November 18, 2017

Medina Highpoint Resort

Medina Highpoint Resort
Medina, TX
November 2018


For several years now, I have wanted to visit the Texas Gulf Coast.  Its all about the birds that make the coast their winter home...beautiful birds like Roseate Spoonbills, White Ibises, Whooping Cranes and the list could go on and on.  Unfortunately, Harvey beat us there !

A stop we had planned to make on our way south was Medina Highpoint Resort in the heart of Texas Hill Country.  


Lucky for us, we were  able to reserve the month of November.  Craig Newton, (general manager) and his staff were incredibly welcoming and an important part of helping us feel at home here.
MHR is the fifth different RVC Outdoor Destinations property we have visited.  
This 95 acre plot was added to the Outdoor Destination roster in 2013.  It is a beautiful and natural setting atop the Edwards Plateau.  
I took this photo from the overlook on the Bigfoot Trail (located on MHR property) which winds its way up (and up and up) the hill. 


The Ranch House was built in 1948.  It's limestone exterior along with pecan wood floors, chandeliers, and heavy doors are original to the house.  



Today, it offers suites, a commercial kitchen, and wrap around porch (1,500 ft. covered) for just a few or a large group.



Behind the Ranch House is what is now called The Retreat.  In its day, it was a studio for artists.


 


Joe and I aren't "pool" people, but the infinity pool is certainly inviting even if you don't want to swim.  




The sound of the running water surrounded by huge trees and tropical plants was a very nice surprise.


 And look what I found...




The Bigfoot Trail is a short 2 mile hike if you hike to the end and back.  Don't let the distance fool you, it's quite a workout. 


There are benches along the way and two overlooks at the top.  And yes, a pretty spectacular view too.





Can you see the bridge?


We discovered a cave...











with a bridge.











This little hill is visible from our site and Jack has made himself at home.  He leads us to the grassy field everyday to play ball.





































When you come to explore this beautiful part of our grand country called the Texas Hill Country, there is simply no place more beautiful and inviting than Medina Highpoint Resort to call home.  Fall has been especially pretty !  Just a few more pictures I liked...

Until next time...







HAPPY TRAILS ! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Garner State Park

Medina Highpoint Resort
Medina, TX
November 13, 2017


Garner State Park had its beginnings back in the 1930s when President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to help the unemployment crisis. The CCC Company 879 developed Garner between 1935 and 1941 using native limestone and bald cypress to construct buildings.  The park opened in 1941 and was named for John Nance Garner, a lawyer from Concan, TX ( where the park is located ).  He  later became the 39th Speaker of the House and served as  vice-president of the United States with President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1941.


Today this gem of a park hidden away in scenic Texas Hill Country covers 1,774 acres with 2.9 miles of the Frio River winding its way through.


 Activities include RV camping and primitive camping, hiking birding, biking, fishing, canoeing, swimming and dancing.  Yes, dancing...since the 1940s folks have been gathering there on summer evenings for a jukebox dance. 

Our visit was under cloudy skies with no rain in the forecast. We were hopeful the sun would show itself at any minute...that didn't happen.  Pictures were a challenge !
We set out on the Frio Canyon Hike...traversing the prairie 



the woodlands...


...and finally high above the Frio River.





























We enjoyed lunch in the primitive camping area.  These very nice screened in porches with tables inside sure are nice at the tent sites. 



Lunch entertainment...












After lunch, we hiked the Blinn River Trail.  We aren't sure how it got this name as it follows the Frio River...up close and personal ! 




 Another beautiful park and great day is in the memory bank.  





 The roads we have traveled on (usually a Farm Road or a Ranch Road) have been scenic, curvy, and hilly...well, it is Hill Country...and a delightful adventure in itself.  

Until next time...


 HAPPY TRAILS !