Monday, April 14, 2014

L = Lovely Llano

After a week without hook-ups, I was ready for a nice RV park to rest for the night.  Llano, Texas delivered my absolutely favorite kind of RV campground—those small, quiet city/county camps with all the conveniences of a commercial park, the spaciousness of a state park, at a price that neither of them can beat!

The description of Badu City Park on my Allstays Camp & RV app sounded very promising and it turned out to be true—nice campsites overlooking the Llano river and city park for only $15 a night!

Even though the sites were nothing more than elongated parking spaces with full hook-ups, all had excellent views-- our hilltop even had 2 Views (when an H/K-model View pulled in right next to us on our second night).IMG_9417


Millie was ecstatic to see water again and enjoyed walking along the river bank, but it had turned a bit too cold to take a dip.

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We awoke the next morning to billows of fog rising from the river.  What a beautiful way to watch the sunrise and start the day!


Downtown Llano features a pretty, old stone courthouse surrounded by a square of antique shops, restaurants, bars, and an old movie theatre. Small-town Texas Hill Country at its very best.


I spent most of my day driving the rolling countryside looking for good patches of Texas bluebonnets and did see quite a few strips of it along the roadsides, but it was still just a few weeks too early in the season (late March when I was there) for any widespread color up in the Hill country.

The best bluebonnet patch turned out to be right at the campground’s city park!  I promised Millie a big chicken stew dinner if she’d pose for some pictures, and she grudgingly obliged.


I would have loved to stay here longer if not for the fickle Spring weather patterns along my route back to Chicago.  There were only a couple days within the next 10 where skies and winds would be calm enough to drive a motorhome up through “tornado alley” so I had to “git while the gittin’ was good” and continue northward after 2 nights.

But I will definitely be back to central Texas another Spring to enjoy finding and photographing more of this lovely area!






  1. Millie would get my vote every time. I wrote about Labradors today too.

  2. Great photos, but I like the Millie ones best. She can look so darn happy, and then look sooo sad. Labs are such great dogs, gotta love 'em. :)

  3. Enjoying EVERY single post to the most!

  4. Do hope you'll make it back sometime a little later in the spring, as the wild flowers are just too beautiful! Nevertheless, Millie looked pretty content!

  5. Millie, you sure looked ready to jump right into that water. Hope you enjoyed your chicken stew dinner!

  6. What a lovely little town and some beautiful pictures you have there. Looks like a lot of fun.
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  7. I've been enjoying your posts, because in a few years when I retire, I'm thinking of doing the cross-country...trailer or mobile home thing. Love the bluebells! (

  8. Millie's like most kids in Texas during Bluebonnet season: "OH OK Mom, just take the picture already!"

  9. Love your photos. The photo of the downtown shops reminds me of small towns in Australia. The fog on the river looks amazing and you got an awesome deal on the RV spot!

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  10. What a pretty courthouse. And a great RV spot, too!
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