LOCATION: Abilene, Texas – central part of state
WEATHER: Hot. High 96. Mostly sunny
CAMPGROUND: Abilene State Park. Beautiful, shady sites with picnic table and firepit. Level, gravelled pad. Nice bathrooms. 50-amp electricity and water. Dump station. On lake (but our site is not). Almost empty – so very quiet. $35/night. 5 stars out of 5
DRIVE-TIME: 4.5 hours
We had planned our last morning in Bandera to be slow and peaceful, maybe getting in another dip in the pool. Alas, our plans changed quickly when George went to check the tire pressure in the pick-up. The battery was dead as a doornail. Nothing we could do. He called the Chevy dealer and they recommended calling a tow truck. The tow truck guy was able to jump-start the battery, so we didn’t have to get it towed.
We wanted to get it checked out so that it wouldn’t happen again, especially if we are in some more remote location. So, we drove to Bourne, about 25 miles away to the Chevy dealers. After about 3 hours, they pronounced everything to be OK, including the battery. They think we left lights on or something overnight, although we are certain we did not. In any case, we finally were able to leave around 2:00.
We drove through more of the beautiful Hill Country, then prairie and ranches. Sadly, we passed through a lot of dried-up, sad-looking towns.
We arrived at our campground site and were delighted to find a shady, very accessible site. We quickly got set up and George got a fire going to cook dinner. This is camping!!!
It still was too hot to eat outside, so we “dined first class” inside….
DINNER: Grilled chicken thighs, marinated in Worcestershire and lime juice. Sides were sauteed wild mushroom mix and leftover pasta. We opened a nice Cabernet Sauvignon that we got with our wine club. This is great!!!