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Old 01-16-2003, 09:45 AM   #15
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Reservations are made

I called when the parks reservations line opened at 9 and I have water-electric site reservations for the nights of Friday 3/7 and Saturday 3/8 at Pedernales Falls SP.

BTW: I have found in the past that the site availability shown on the net is often grossly wrong. The net will show no sites available for a section and when I call on the phone, I find it is mostly empty. Maybe they simply forget to make the sites available on the net. I suspect that is the case with the section at Pedernales that is shown as full. I doubt that a March weekend would be very full almost 2 months in advance.

For those new to "Texaneese", the name of the park, river, and falls is pronounced Purr-d'n-alice. The park is very near the LBJ boyhood home in Johnson City and the LBJ Ranch about halfway between Johnson City and Fredericksburg. Both are worth a visit.
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Old 01-16-2003, 10:33 AM   #16
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Pedernales Falls

I thought you might like to see what Pedernales Falls looks like. This shot is at low water. The shelf of rocks that form the falls are highly eroded. I apologize for the quality of the shot. It is a scanned film shot from before the digital camera era.

There is a siren on the bank and a sign to drop your gear and run if the siren sounds. Within 10 minutes, this can be under 10 feet or more of rushing water.
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Old 01-16-2003, 10:43 AM   #17
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sirens?

Reminds me that we need to watch the weather. TPWD says the park is subject to flooding. I think that is why they added the siren years ago. Probably not the most comforting thought but we should all be aware.

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Another aspect of the park

This is the"Grotto", close to the park HQ.
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And my wife by the Pedernales

It was a beautiful New Years day at the park. We were camped in my old Scamp 5th-wheel. I caught my wife in a reflective moment by the river.
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No danger in the campgrounds

For those who haven't been there before, there is no danger of flooding in the campgrounds. Just something to be aware of when you are down by the river.

The danger is that the storm that causes the flooding can be 50 miles away. The danger is highest with big summer storms that dump inches of water well up the river.
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Is it March yet???

I would've chimed in sooner, but my precious pocket kitty, Stella, whom we adopted 12-ish yrs ago, took ill and died day before yesterday. I just hadn't the heart to be sociable.

I love Pedernales because it feels so big. Blanco is more scenic, but it feels more "crowd-y".

Thanks, John, for counting me in. I'm SOOO there!

Chas, I think you should bring 'em both!
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Holly

So sorry to hear about your cat. We have 3 cats and the oldest, at about 16, is starting to slip. I'm having a hard time thinking about losing him. Three years ago, our diabetic Siamese died in my arms, so I know how bad it hurts.

To all:

I think we'll have a ball out there. I'm going out early Friday and do my usual 7-mile hike if anyone wants to join me. It's not too strenuous, just a long way through some nice scenery.

Do we want to do a pot-luck Saturday night? Maybe grill steaks with pot-luck side dishes?
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Question A thought

John,

If you arrive early and we provide you with our full names, would you mind asking the park if they could provide us with sites that are fairly close together?

How about Saturday morning taking a 2-3 mile stroll ?

As far as dinner, I'm up for anything & I like all foods!!

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p.s. Holly, glad you're going to make it out there with Globey!
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If you arrive early and we provide you with our full names, would you mind asking the park if they could provide us with sites that are fairly close together?
Yes. I'll get there good and early on Friday. If folks provide me with their names, when arriving, and confirmation numbers, I'll try to get all Friday arrivals close together. Then, I will go over to park HQ early Saturday morning and try to get any Saturday arrivals close by, also.

We have commonly done that in the past on other rallys. They will not assign any sites ahead of the day of arrival, but if one of the group goes to HQ early on the day of arriva with the informationl, he/she can get the sites assigned right then, ahead of the rush. Then, when folks come in, they just have to ask at HQ what their site numbers are.

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I'd love to take a short hike Saturday morning. There are plenty of hiking opportunities.
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Old 01-17-2003, 09:59 AM   #25
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John,

How far is the park from you? My thinking is(we all know that this can be dangerous ) if you could go by Thursday with Fridays arrivals and tie up those sites. Or is this not need because Friday is early enough?

Again, my mind is ALWAYS spinning-John
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Sorry

They will not assign a site till the day of arrival. That is TPWD policy. Technically, the site may even still be occupied until 2pm of that day by the previous user, but the site can be assigned earlier in the day.

That is why I said I would come early Friday for the Friday folks and go to park HQ early Saturday to get sites for any Saturday arrivals. That's the best we can do.
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Thanks for all of your support John!!

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Do we want to do a pot-luck Saturday night? Maybe grill steaks with pot-luck side dishes?
Sounds great! I will plan on bbq'ing some killer sausages.
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