From the Lone Star State to the Mountains of New Mexico
Updated: Aug 4, 2022
On October 16th, we headed to Point, TX for a 5-night stay at Lake Tawakoni. The campground is about an hour drive to Dallas. We took a day trip to Dallas one day during our stay. We found a 3.5 mile urban trail called the Katy Trail. This was a wonderful multi-purpose trail, and it was a perfect, sunny day for a walk. There was even a bar along the path, called the Ice House.
The campground was very scenic with open grassy areas and beautiful sunsets on Lake Tawakoni in the evening. The pool and hot tub helped to make this an enjoyable and relaxing stay.
Pat caught some good-sized, large mouth bass from one of the ponds at the campground.
We started to make our way south toward San Antonio on October 21st with an overnight stop at Walker Honey Farm and Dancing Bee Winery in Rogers, TX. This was a unique Harvest Host location in that they produce their own honey as well as they use the honey to make their wine, called mead. They also had a nice store with a large variety of honey products, including, soaps, candles, snacks, and of course, wine. We enjoyed a wine-tasting with a small charcuterie snack of cheese, crackers, olives, grapes and hummus. We were told we were welcome to enjoy their lighted patio that evening after closing. It was peaceful to lounge on the patio under the stars before going to bed.
Myah patiently waiting for her cheese!
Medina Lake RV Campground in Lakeshill, TX was where we made our home for the next 5 nights on October 22nd. Upon entering the campground, you are immediately greeted by the resident deer population. It was crazy how these "wild" creatures have become so accustomed to people that they have no fear of being up close and personal to humans. Herds of deer would gather around our campsite waiting to be fed. We've never seen anything like it. Technically, you're not supposed to feed the deer, but these deer can be very persistent and several campers were seen feeding them on a daily basis. Myah would usually bark at them, however, they were not even afraid of dogs.
The "wildlife" at Medina Lake!
The campground was about an hour from San Antonio. My nephew, Noah, is attending graduate school at Texas State University and is also about an hour away from San Antonio. He was able to meet us in the city for a quick visit and dinner. We met at the Alamo and explored some of the River Walk before dinner. It was great being able to spend some time with family even if only for a few hours.
After our stay at Medina Lake, we continued our trek south through the enormous state of Texas with 1 night stays at campgrounds in Ft. Stockton and El Paso before entering New Mexico on October 29th. This night we stayed at another winery through Harvest Host called Rio Grande Winery in Las Cruces.
Since we arrived at our destination early in the afternoon, we decided to take an hour trip to White Sands National Park in Alamogordo, NM. This park is known for its white gypsum sand dunes. It was interesting to learn how the sand came to be at this location. We had fun hiking on the sand dunes for a couple of hours. Myah mistook the sand for snow that she remembered from the winters in her hometown of Rochester, NY. She rolled in it and actually tried to eat it!
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Before heading back to the winery, we made a quick stop at Pistachioland, "home of the world's largest pistachio". After buying $35 in nuts and taking a pic of the ginormous pistachio, we made our way back to the RV.
We spent the remainder of the day sipping wine and listening to a live band performing that evening at the winery. It was a beautiful setting with the mountains and the city lights as the backdrop to end this busy day. Next stop Arizona!