I used the word 'try' here on purpose. I called for 1 month every single day at 9 am for reservations only to find that the only time available with all of the spots and cabins that we needed was during the end of May. School wasn't even out yet so I think that had everything to do with us getting in. But, this poses a problem for us in the future when our children are in school.
But, the benefit of this to us this year was that we felt like we had the park and river almost all to ourselves.
Needless to say, getting into Garner is a game- a very competitive game. I LOVE games, but I have not been able to wrap my mind around this game that I so badly want to play so my family can enjoy Garner every year.
I've heard of families that have been going there for decades. It is such a wonderful place. Our family only left the campground ONE TIME and that was to eat dinner at a local restaraunt the first night there. Other than that, we filled up our time floating around in the river, jumping off of cliffs and rope swings, working on our tans, snorkeling, biking, climbing mountains (Jason- not me), sitting by the fire, and hanging out with friends.
My goal was to look around at other campgrounds off of the Frio River to see if it might be easier to get reservations there. But, after falling in love with this place all over again, I'm pretty sure that other places would not be near as great as Garner.
My husband is a breakfast cooking genius. He makes the best breakfast! And the amazing thing about it is that he LOVES cooking breakfast. We ate breakfast burritos with steak, potatoes, egg, cheese, and onion in them almost every single morning. Yum-Oh!
Another highlight was my husband taking me dancing! Garner hosts a nightly dance with a juke box and everything under this oak tree.
Laney Rae was hilarious in the water. As long as she had rocks on her floatie to play with, she was happy. I had no idea that she loved rocks this much! She also got quite the tan- except for in her roll cracks. Those are still white. Precious!
Kaylyn decided early on that a life jacket was not enough to keep her head above water. So, she added the arm floaties to her floating ensemble.
My husband, along with a few other people in our group (including a woman, her children, and a man with a baby in a front carrier), climbed this mountain referred to as 'Old Baldy'. Wow!
The Frio River is so clear and clean. You can snorkel around and see some pretty beautiful things. Here is Jason with a crew of friends snorkeling.
I have to admit that I'm not the best at taking pictures while on vacation which is pretty pathetic. Partly because I have an enormous camera to drag around and worry about something happening to it. I was smart enough to bring Jason's point and shoot camera, but not smart enough to remember that I actually brought it.
My husband blessed my socks off by letting me sneak away for a morning bike ride by myself to photograph a portion of the park.
Here are a few other photos I snapped at Garner State Park and the Frio River.