Pedernales Falls State Park

 

We camped at Pedernales Falls State Park this past weekend. Clara had off on Monday, so we took the opportunity to make the long drive to the west side of Austin and do some Hill Country camping. If you’ve had a conversation with me in the last year, you’ve probably heard me lament the fact that we haven’t done any Hill Country camping yet. It’s a little too far to easily do a weekend and we’re usually so last minute for Spring Break that they’re all full. So this year we made reservations two months in advance. I was hoping that this time in October would still be pretty warm so the kids could play in the water. Of course it was in the 80’s before we got there and then a huge storm passed Friday night and it was cloudy with highs in the 60s all weekend. I hadn’t prepared for the cold, so I had to run into the Dollar Store and buy us all warm clothes.

We all really enjoyed this park. On Sunday, we all hiked down to the falls. There is no swimming or wading in this part of the park because of the undercurrents and the potential for flash flooding. It was beautiful. The kids ran around for a long time. You could easily spend the day here exploring and having lunch on the rocks. There were so many nooks, crevices, pools and waterfalls and several sandy beaches and we didn’t even go all the way across the river. (These pictures are all out of order.)

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The large rocks behind us are the falls and although I’m sure they’re a sight to behold when the water is high, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun because you couldn’t go climbing all over the rocks.

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Oh yeah, the Couringtons and JDog joined us.

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This park has lots of trails and this particular one goes across the river. We hiked it on Saturday and went and found a letterbox and then went back on Sunday afternoon and let the kids splash around in the cold water. Chris only joined us on the one high to the falls because of his knee. He did good, but there was one rock jump down at the falls where his knee spoke up and told him he’d better take it easy, so he did.

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Jason cooked in the dutch ovens all weekend. He made everyone taco soup the first night, pot roast stew the second night and ribs the third. He also made biscuits and gravy and cobbler for everyone on Sunday night. He’s good to have around when camping.

 

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JDog photobombed the kids here.

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I told Robert to stand by the girls for a picture. Little toot.

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Here we are on our first hike of the weekend coming back from finding our letterbox. You can see the river in the background.

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Robert was over taking pictures by this point.

 

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Oops, here we are back at the overlook at the falls.

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And now back to the campsite.

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There were rock steps leading down to the falls and also down to the swimming area that Becky took the kids to the first night.

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Here’s Robert and the “best mommy in the whole world.” He’s such a stinker and kept telling Becky that she was the best mommy. I was either second best or worst, occasionally best; it changed by the hour. He’s right though. She’s a pretty darn good mommy.

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This park has quite a few campsites and the camping loop feels really secluded. We could barely see our neighbors because the trees are so dense, which means plenty of shade. The hiking trails we went on were also very shady. The bathrooms were a bit of a walk for us and there was no soap, so minus one star for that. This was definitely one of my favorites and I hope we go back someday.