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Old 01-15-2003, 12:13 AM   #1
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Question Austin,TX Forums Rally March 8th & 9th

For those of you interested, how about a "Forums" rally at Pedernales Falls SP on March 8th & 9th?

Someone of you expressed an interest in us getting together and the more I thought about it, the more I realized you guys were right.

As John Irwin pointed out, it's close enough for those of you who would rather just like to drive out and just say hello, instead of spending the night.

This would give me two weeks to get out there(I'm slow , but not that slow) and if I arrive early, there's plenty to see and do, as I've never been to Austin before.

Share your those- John

p.s. John Irwin, could you please post the SP's phone #? Tks
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minor daaaa........

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Reservations phone number

The number for the TPWD reservations system is (512)389-8900

You can also make reservations by going to the TPWD web site at
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/ and make the reservations either over the net or by email.

Being in Austin, I always do it over the phone. They require a one-night deposit on a credit card. If you have to cancel, you get back all but $5.

I hope to see you at Pedernales SP in March.
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Old 01-15-2003, 12:29 PM   #4
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John,

I'm booked for the nights of March 7th & 8th.

Tks for the infor-John
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Pedernales will be fun. It is a huge park (5000 acres) with generous campspots.
I was going to suggest Blanco state park, which has a perfect setting for a mini rally and is just a few miles further than Pedernales.
The park is located just a few blocks from Blanco's town center and always has some full timers.
But since you already made reservations at Pedernales SP, we will be happy to join you there.
The park is very busy, anyone planning on going that weekend should make reservation soon.
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Old 01-15-2003, 04:58 PM   #6
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I can change

Pete,

I can kill my reservation, I'm open to anything!

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John, look at the site maps of the 2 parks.
Pedernales:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/pedernal/pfallsfac.pdf

Blanco SP:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/blanco/blancfacmap.pdf

You will see that Pedernales is big. There could be 5 of us out there and we would be far apart from each other. Some of the Pedernales sites require some leveling and on busy weekends you usually get stuck with the worse site.
Blanco is all flat, except sites 22,24,26,28,29,30

But, like I wrote you in a PM, I am expecting delivery of a new company truck in 45 days, which would require my full attention for 2 days. I will make reservations for the weekend, but in case of the above falling on that date, I would have to answer the call of duty.
I would like to hear some feedback from other interested parties, so that we could make reservations asap.
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Old 01-15-2003, 05:55 PM   #8
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Thumbs up A camping we will go!

Peter,

We'll keep it at Pedernales Falls SP!

Thanks again-John
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UPDATE 1/15 7:30pm :

Blanco SP is full the weekend of March 8.
Pedernales has 14 sites available.
Keep your reservations at Pedernales, John.

The other option would the Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park. www.canyonoftheeagles.com
Its a very nice park which usually has sites available, but $8 -10 more than state parks.
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Old 01-15-2003, 06:38 PM   #10
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Calling all Austin Forum members

Everyone is invited!

The more, the merrier!


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Old 01-15-2003, 06:44 PM   #11
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Thank God it's only us that's been active here so far

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p.s. Peter- Thanks for sharing how to edit post! I've had a ton of practice on this one!!!!!
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Reservations confirmed at Pedernales SP for March 8th, 13 sites left.
You are right, John I., the sites are not bad at Pedernales, my MH just requires a little more attention, due to the axles being so far apart.
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I will get a reservation tomorrow. It is definitely Pedernales S.P. correct? Not really sure which unit I will bring, Overlander or Minuet?

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Old 01-16-2003, 06:23 AM   #14
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Chas,

It sure is!!

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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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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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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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