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South on 281 brings you to Hwy 46 where you
will turn right to Boerne
River State Park. After eight miles youíll come to the entrance to the park.
This park is one of the Parks and Wildlife Departmentís crown jewels. Tall limestone
bluffs dominate the cool inviting waters below. Tubing and canoeing are available.
A two-mile hiking trail follows the river. Enjoy yourselves, but eventually they'll
ask you to leave.
on Hwy 46 to Boerne. Perhaps
the most difficult part of writing this trip will be getting you to leave Boerne
and continue. The banks of Cibolo Creek invite you to walk. So
does the historic district with its specialty shops, restaurants and antiques.
Beside the cleanliness and the shade, thereís the fact that real restaurants outnumber
fast food franchises 4 to 1, and Beds and Breakfasts outnumber hotels 5 to 1!
A must stop is the Chamber of Commerce at One Main Plaza (830-249-8000),
if only to see so many people so happy without being under the influence of alcohol.
Walking tour brochures are available as well as directions to attractions nearby
like The Cave With No Name. There used to be A Cave With No Directions,
but nobody remembers where it is. In addition to The Official Guide to Boerne,
thereís a handy one-sheet listing of all restaurants and accommodations.
The local Chamber of Commerce is a good indicator of a townís feeling toward tourism,
and letís face it, weíre all tourists unless we always stay home. Boerne
has a good attitude. (A bad Chamber is where they all wear T-shirts saying "Iím
not a tourist, I live here"). It is no coincidence that towns that "have
their act together" also have an active and cooperative Chamber.
Boerneís contribution toward
staying wet comes in the form of a town lake (on Hwy 46) and Lake Boerne,
just south of I-10 a short drive west of town. Continue on to Comfort.
comfortable with itself.
Most of Comfort
is closed on Monday. This includes the Chamber of Commerce. Comfort
is a quiet charming town with some fine specimens of Hill Country architecture.
Most of downtown Comfort
is in the National Register of Historic Places. Monday would be the ideal day
for picture taking since the historic district is practically deserted. The library
(closed Monday) has its initials etched in the glass doors which shows the townís
appreciation for simple elegance.
is also comfortable with vegetation. Potted plants abound, and vines can stretch
their tendrils into places suburbanites would never allow. Comfort has a good
nursery (open Monday!) with unusual but not too exotic plants. It fits in quite
well with the abundance of antique shops and Bed & Breakfasts. Itís nice to
find a town that doesnít treat fallen petals like litter. This town can easily
be thought of as a home away from home. Call the Comfort Chamber of Commerce,
Box 777, Comfort 78013, Tel.210-995-3131 and ask them what they do on Mondays.
Avoid returning to I-10 and take Hwy 27 to Center
is a place where you can linger and get wet. Or get wet and then linger, itís
up to you. The Guadalupe River is accessible one block west of "Downtown".
A resident flock of ducks and a gaggle of geese swim silently through the green
tinted water. Early in the morning swallows and scissortails dart across the river
scooping up water in their tiny beaks. A small dam creates a waterfall that could
almost put youÖÖ..
WAKE UP! Splash some water in your face and drive
the eight miles to Kerrville.
have heard of Kerrville
before they actually see it. This is due to their wildly famous folk-music
festival held every Spring. Seeing Kerrville
for the first time, most people are shocked at the amount of asphalt they see.
I suppose itís because we associate Folk Music + Festival = Outdoors. Well, if
it werenít for asphalt, what would we have? Mud, thatís what. And muddy people
donít play music well, so get over it.
There is no shortage of nature
in Kerrville, and a
lot of it is right off downtown. In Kerrville access to the Guadalupe
River is in Louise
Hays Park south across the bridge on Hwy 16.
& Visitors Bureau: 210-792-3535.
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south of downtown Kerrville
on Hwy 16 across the bridge youíll see the sign for 173. Go left on 173 and two
and a half miles later youíll come to the park entrance on your left. This 517-acre
park offers canoe and tube rentals in the Guadalupe River. During the week itís
very tranquil and on weekends itís still an improvement over the crowds
found on the river back in Kerrville. Reservations recommended for overnight stay.
Annual bicycling event every Easter Weekend. 830-257-5392.
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Water: Medina, Sabinal, Nueces
and Leona Rivers and Rio Frio
Vanderpool, Utopia, Concan and Uvalde
SWIMMING TO MEXICO
- Part I
Water: McKinney Falls, Aquarena Springs, San Marcos,
Blanco and Pedernales Rivers
Parks: Blanco State Park, Pedernales
Falls State Park
Towns: San Marcos, Wimberley and Blanco
MEXICO - Part II
Water: Guadalupe River
River State Park, Kerrville-Schreiner State Park
Towns: Boerne, Comfort,
Center Point and Kerrville
TO MEXICO - Part III
Water: Medina, Sabinal, Nueces and Leona
Rivers and Rio Frio
Parks: Lost Maples State Park, Garner State Park
Towns:Medina, Vanderpool, Utopia, Concan and Uvalde
TO MEXICO - Part IV
Water: Fort Clark and San Felipe Springs,
Lake Amistad and Devilís River
Parks: Devilís River State Natural Area
Towns: Brackettville, Del Rio and Ciudad Acuna
from Dallas: Paluxy River, Dinosaur Valley State Park
Included in This Trip
Their Lengths, Sources, and Termination Points
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