Buescher State Park
Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12, 2003
|Buescher State Park is located near Smithville
which is in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas. The Texas State Parks web site has information about the park.
Buescher State Park is very close to Bastrop State Park. The parks are
joined by a ten or so mile road.
In February of this year, we stayed at Bastrop State Park. While visiting Bastrop State Park, we drove the road between the parks. Buescher State Park hasn't changed much in the eight months since we were here.
We tried a couple of new things this week end. We bought an inexpensive screened in gazebo. It is the blue striped tent looking thing to the right of our trailer in the picture below. Since there wasn't much space for us to set up so we put the gazebo up over the picnic table. There are some pictures taken from inside the gazebo below. We also brought along two small fans. They have clamps on them that allow us to clamp them to tables. We really like the gazebo concept. The one we bought ($40 at Academy in San Antonio) is cheap and fragile. We suspect that the important characteristics of a gazebo are the "tent" poles that hold it up. At least on the one we bought, some of the tent poles broke this weekend - the first time we used it.
The other new addition to our camping stuff is a portable black/gray water tank that allows us to empty waste water without moving the trailer. (Barker 4-wheeler Tote-Along Portable Holding Tank.) Since Buescher doesn't have sewer hookups, having the portable tank allows us to shower in the trailer instead of using the public showers. We tried it out Saturday afternoon. The portable tank is on wheels that are configured a little like a wagon would be. There are two wheels in the back and two wheels in the front. The front wheels are attached to a handle. When the handle is turned, the front wheels turn. The handle is similar to a wagon handle. At the end of the handle is a metal loop that can be placed over a standard trailer hitch. Like the one on the back of my truck.
I drained the trailer's gray water tank into the portable tank. Drug the portable tank over to the truck. I set the handle's loop over the trailer hitch and drove up to the dump station. I then hooked up the sewer hose and drained the portable tank. This works well.
We stayed in the Cozy Circle Camping Area. None of the sites in this area are level or particularly big. I still think it is better than the Oak Haven Camping Area.
|The third camping area, Lakeveiw Camping Area is
the nicest. However, this is a tent camping area. Some folks use pop-up
trailers in this area. They don't have electricity or their own water spigot.
This is the nicest camping area in the park. If you have an opportunity to camp in
this area, you should do it.
You can see the Lake from parts of this camping area. There aren't any trails from this campground to the lake. The area between the campground and the lake is relatively flat but it is thick with wild flowers.
|Sunday morning, I took the dogs out to find out how much of
the lake I could see. I managed to see much of the lake and I found a number of
undocumented (and documented) trails that allowed me to move around the park without
getting on the road.
Even though the lake is fairly small, it is very nice. If you have the time, you should rent a canoe and explore around the lake.
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