Tuesday, July 24, 2018

La Hacienda RV Resort and Cottages

When we bought the camper in May, David insisted (and did so in a guy-kind-of-way to get his point across about not wanting the camper to just sit around not being used), "We will take this out once a month!"

Well, shoot.  He didn't have to tell me twice.

I love to get out and coupled with the fact that I have put all the comforts of home into this little baby, well, it's been a blast so far.

Our test drive (May)

Girls' Weekend (June)

And for July, we headed to Austin and Lake Travis in the beau-ti-ful hill country region of Texas.

Y'all!  Texas is so huge it is broken into 7 regions, each having its own distinct geographical feature, (the Hill Country is one region).

Our first stop was at a famous, Texas swimming hole.

Barton Springs is a spring fed swimming hole that stays a constant and cool 68 degrees.  That's cold!  But when our temps were in the triple digits for almost one week, it felt SO good.

Hard to see, but toward the top right of the photo is the diving board.  These swimming holes can run deep!  And yes, there are fish in there.

Panning to the left now...

Panning to the far right now...

This is the shallow end.

There are entrance ramps and stairs strategically placed for people.  To get to the board you can swim across or walk all the way around.

(That's Stan the man way out there.  The sun was so bright, that was the best phone picture I could get of him.)

The dude in the swimming cap in the above photo?  I had to chuckle.  He never went in beyond his waist.  Haha!

I also loaded up two videos of this place because my phone pictures cannot do it justice.

Our bellies were rumbling after a couple of hours, so we loaded up and headed to our the resort we had reservations to camp.

La Hacienda RV Resort & Cottages is on Lake Travis, about a 30 minute drive west of Austin.

We set up "camp" and headed to the pool for the rest of the day.

On day two, we checked out the resort grounds, getting to know the facility a little bit more.

"The Original RV"

We wanted to explore Lake Travis, and it did not disappoint.

The lake is really low right now, at least 20 feet, so it was kind of a rocky beach area.  We didn't mind.

This lake is DEEP!!!  There are life jackets (all sizes) on a rack for anyone to use.  We all wore one!

They were watching all the fish swimming in the shallow area.  LOTS of fish!

Okay.  So in the above photo?  David is sitting on the edge of a cliff.  The branches in the water are tops of trees that are at least 20' below.  And that's the shallow part!!

Lake Travis was created when they damned up the Colorado River.  Hill Country is notorious for its gorgeous cliffs hence the reason why almost the entire rim of the lake is made of cliffs.

IMG_1876 from Patty Hughes on Vimeo.
IMG_1882 from Patty Hughes on Vimeo.

The two videos above give you an idea of how much fun they had swimming and looking for the fish.

By noon, we had enough of the sun and headed back to the shaded pool.

I stopped in the resort's store and found these ice creams being sold.

David, "This is not camping.  This is glamping!"

We spent two nights away and headed back for home on day three.  It was such a fun get-away!  I love traveling across Texas (it never gets old).

She was worn out!

Our next trip is in early August when we head (with two other families) down to Galveston Island, and the little ones are so excited to be going to the ocean again.

I am so grateful to have this camper, something that allows us to get away from it all more often (and doesn't cost a small fortune doing so). 

Grateful and hot in Texas,



  1. Patty,
    This is absolutely amazing!!!
    I love traveling and learning with you.
    I hope you are cooling off some down there!

  2. That seriously is GLAMPing! Oh what a beautiful resort! And I love your little home away from home! Can't wait to see the next month!

  3. Fun! I love that shot of the palmetto next to the whitewashed wall...such beutiful contrast. We considered Galveston for summer vacation this year, but ended up doing Gulf Shores, AL bc I knew that route and for my first solo trip wanted to go somewhere familiar. Now that my vacationing-legs are stronger, we might put Galveston on our bucket list! LOVED seeing that spring-fed swimming hole! FUN!!!


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