This post is about the Texas leg of my year on the road. I’m traveling to all the national parks in the contiguous 48 states. I’m also stopping at several other interesting spots along the way, and making sure to sample the local fare.
Previous: New Mexico
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
- Big Bend National Park, Texas
- Breakfast Tacos, Austin, Texas
- Hippy Hollow, Austin, Texas
- Rainbow Ranch
Texas is a big, weird place. This will be my first time visiting. I’m scared and excited! I plan to spend up to two weeks here.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
The Guadalupe Mountains are another fossil reef just like the Carlsbad Caves were in New Mexico. They are literally right next to each other so that makes sense. There is lots of hiking and scenic vistas so that will be a nice time.
Since they are so nearby one another, I’ll be splitting my week at Carlsbad KOA between Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks.
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Big Bend seems like a pretty normal area without any really amazing or unusual aspects aside from some scenic vistas and lots of interesting endemic species and habitats.
Big Bend also has a hot springs!
I will be stopping for the weekend at Big Bend before heading on to Austin. I plan to stay at the NPS’ Free Primitive Roadside Camping on Old Ore Rd.
Hippy Hollow, Austin, Texas
Hopefully it needs no introduction but Hippy Hollow is a park at Lake Travis in Austin. It is the only legal nude park/beach in Texas. It’s funny there are half a dozen in northern California and yet Texas identifies as being a freer place. 🤣
I’ll be camping for a week at the nearby Windy Point Campground. This is just about a thousand feet from hippy hollow, and also quite close to Austin so I’ll be able to chase the local fare while taking a break after covering so much ground the week before.
I’m budgeting about $150 for gas since Texas is so broad.
I’m budgeting $100 a week for food during this trip including both groceries and eating out.
I have been told by friends that I must try breakfast tacos in Austin. According to Eater, I should check out Paco’s Tacos and potentially Vaquero Taquero both of which are in Austin.
Buzzfeed says I should try Smoked brisket with white bread, white onion, pickled jalapeños, and bbq sauce. That’s a VERY specific suggestion so I will keep an eye out for that, though to be honest it doesn’t really appeal to me. Far & Wide agrees with some more suggestions of their own.
Next up: Louisiana