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Trail of Lights, Lady Bird Lake and You

CyberCelt | December 4, 2012 in Fairs/Festivals,Family Fun,Holidays,Lakes,Nature,RV Parks,RV Travel | Comments (0)

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Austin Trail of Lights Will be Lit This Year!

For 3 years, Austin Trail of Lights remained dark due to economic reasons.  This year, be amazed by the lights and sets that have been created on the banks of Lady Bird Lake.  Viewing the lights reflected in the lake is mesmerizing.  The Trail is a great family outing and FREE.  Food and drinks available.  Level ground means this trail is easily navigable.

slide show of the Trail of Lights 2012 in Austin, TX

Trail of Lights, Austin, Texas

Austin Trail of Lights

December 16th – 23rd, 2012
Zilker Park, Austin, Texas


Daily Hours: 6:30 -10 pm

Trail Schedule: Sunday 12/16 – Sunday 12/23

Trail of Lights 5K Race: Saturday 12/15

Get details on performances, parking, shuttles, vendors by clicking here.

There will be on-site parking at Zilker Park, and two shuttle routes to the Trail from Barton Creek Mall and Republic Square Park.  Take the shuttle, save gas, time and aggravation.

Please: When you approach the site, stop and make sure everyone agrees on where to meet if the family is separated.  The Zilker Tree was always a good meeting spot for my family,  The kids would spin beneath the tree and make themselves dizzy.

 RV Parks in Austin Area

Austin Lonestar RV Park- 5 miles south of downtown on the East side of I-35.

Austin Oak Forest RV Park
– 10 minutes from downtown Austin, the University of Texas and the State Capitol. Located east of IH-35 by Decker Lake.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park – on Lake Austin. Some RV slips available. Camping, swimming. Located off FM 2222.

McKinney Falls State Park
– Southeast of Austin on Onion Creek. Water and electric sites available. These are not pull through sites and an RV with 2 slides may not fit. Call park for information.

Plum Creek RV
– Large sites. Located on IH-35, 12 miles from Austin and 4 miles from San Marcos.

**Click for hotels**



Mardi Gras, Texas Style

CyberCelt | February 13, 2012 in Cabins/Cottages,Events,Fairs/Festivals,Family Fun,Lakes,Nature,Rivers,RV Parks,RV Travel,Wildlife Watching | Comments (2)

poster of mardi gras celebration in port arthur

Southeast Texas Mardi Gras

Port Arthur, Texas
February 16-19, 2010

Southeast Texas is close to Louisiana and we do not stand on ceremony.  So, get ready for Mardi Gras:  music, carnival, food and drink, crafts, beads, masks, face paint and parades (golf cart, ATV, motorcycle, munchkin and krewe).

Main Stage Concert Schedule

Thursday, February 16th
6 pm Longneck Road
8 pm Joel Martin Project

Friday, February 17th
7 pm  Geno Delafose and French Rockin Boogie
10 pm Kevin Fowler

Saturday, February 18th
3 pm Jive Gene
5 pm Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners
8 pm Champagne Room
10 pm Stoney Larue

Sunday, February 19th
3 pm Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition
6 pm Wayne Toups & Zydecajun

Parade Schedule

Thursday – February 16, 2012
445 pm Courir du Mardi Gras Parade
Starts at Rosehill, travels down Lakeshore Drive ending at festival grounds

Friday – February 17, 2012
7 pm Valero Krewe of Krewes Parade
Starts at Rosehill/Seawall, travels down Procter Street ending at Houston Ave.

7 pm Golf Cart & ATV Parade
Starts at Rosehill/Seawall, travels down Procter Street ending at Houston Ave.
Registration required, call 721-8717 or Must be 18 years or older.

Saturday – February 18, 2012
1 pm Krewes Royalty March (inside festival grounds)
Starts at Atlanta Ave, travels down Procter Street ending at Austin Ave.

530 pm Motorcycle Showcase Parade
Starts at Rosehill/Seawall, travels down Procter Street ending at Houston Ave.
Registration required, call 721-8717 or Must be 18 years or older.

6 pm Total Krewe of Aurora Grand Parade
Starts at Rosehill/Seawall, travels down Procter Street ending at Houston Ave.

Sunday – February 19, 2012
2 pm Munchkin Parade (inside festival grounds)
Starts at Atlanta Ave. travels down Procter Street ending at Austin Ave.

4 pm Richard Industrial Group Motor Parade
Starts at Rosehill/Seawall, travels down Procter Street ending at Houston Ave.
(registration is required 409-721-8717 or

 RV Parks in Area:

Port Arthur RV – brand new with many amenities.Here is a link to several others.


Other Texas Mardi Gras Celebrations

Mardi Gras! Galveston 2012

February 10–21, 2012 (one weekend left)

Galveston is rebuilt and recovered from Hurricane Ike.  It is time to party! Enjoy elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, feasting and other festivities that come with celebrating Mardi Gras, island style.  Over two weekends there are 5 masked balls, 19 balcony parties, 24 parades and 26 parades. Headliner is Hot Chelle Rae, with appearances by Electric Touch, Josh Abbot Band, Nakia and Fred Andrews and Honeybrowne.  This is the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas (250,000+ attendees). Go to this one if you live nearby; Galveston has been putting on Mardi Gras for 100+ years. Visit the website for more information.

RV Parks on Galveston Island:

Galveston Island State Park – damaged by Hurricane Ike.  It has been rebuilt, but many trees were lost.

Jamaica Beach RV Park – I have not stayed here, but I would.
San Luis Pass County Park – gated entrance on the beach. Nice!

Poster for Jefferson Mardi Gras


Krewe of Hebe 20th Annual Mardi Gras–Upriver

Jefferson, Texas
February 17-19, 2009
Theme:  Festivals Around the World

Friday, February 17, 2012
Main Stage
630 – 1030 pm – music by Dazed, an exciting new band.

7 pm – Doo Dah Parade – Dress in your craziest Mardi Gras costume and join in the parade. Revelers begin at Lion’s Park, weave their way though downtown to the Main Stage for the Alley Dance. Doo Dah Theme:  “Light Up the Night” – For more info contact:  Betsy or Becca / 903-238-1145

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Music All Day on Main Stage
11 am – 2 pm – Jeff Taylor Band is a 19-piece contemporary and classic variety music experience that includes two female vocalists and the famous “Horns From Hell,” with signature trumpeter Jeff Taylor.

3 – 6 pm Jo-el Sonnier or “King of Cajun,” as he is known to his many fans.  King of Cajun is a Grammy-nominated artist and songwriter who mixes French and American lyrics. His energy is contagious as he demonstrates his spirited accordion abilities.  Bring your dancing shoes.

7 – 10 pm Me & My Monkey – Beatles Tribute Band is a must-see attraction.

145 pm – Motorcycle parade
2 pm – Grand Parade
430 -5 pm – Awards Ceremony (Main Stage)

Sunday, February 20, 2012
Main Stage Music

12-4 pm -The Night Hawk Band comes from Hope, Ark and plays a variety of gospel, Cajun and progressive country.  Try to stump them with a song.

2 pm – Children’s Parade
Children’s Activities at the gazebo at Otstott Park
Children’s Costume Contest, Ugly Dog Contest, Pet Look Alike and Best Pet Costume Contest
More info on children’s activities, contact Roger Opiela  e-mail:   phone:  903-742-9800

Going on all day:

  • live music
  • children’s carnival
  • arts & crafts
  • food and drink

There are several nearby campgrounds and  RV parks.  For more information, see Corps of Engineer parks on Lake O’ the Pines. Here are independent writeups of the various parks on the lake.


Lake Fork Carp and Buffalo Challenge

CyberCelt | January 28, 2012 in Fish/Hunt,Golf,Lakes,RV Parks,RV Travel | Comments (1)

Lake Fork Carp and Buffalo Fishinng Challenge

First Annual Lake Fork Carp & Buffalo Challenge

February 29 – March 3, 2012

Lake Fork is on the Sabine River, five miles northwest of Quitman

Carp Pro Magazine and Wild Carp Companies recently announced that, along with Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association, they will host a $10,000 carp and rough fish catch and release tournament. This is a  new Texas 44 event, and the registration and social gathering will be held February 29.

Education, outreach and community programs and a Pro-Am showcase are scheduled for March 1. The tournament will begin March 1 in the afternoon and last until March 3. The registration fee is $450 per team.

Smallmouth Buffalo from Lake Fork

Copyright WildCarp Companies

Lake Fork is home to Common and Mirror Carp that grow in excess of 35 pounds and Smallmouth Buffalo that top 55 pounds. This 44-hour tournament will prove to be a grueling test of the two-person teams as they strive to capture champion Carp and Smallmouth Buffalo. This is a team-based, 44-hour endurance tournament for Big 4 Carp and Big 4 Smallmouth Buffalo.

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RV Parks In Lake Fork Area

Rolling Fork RV ParkLakefront park with laundromat,fishing pond,boat launch,fishing pier, bath house, pavillion, water treatment system and picnic areas.

All Seasons Lake Fork Resort - On on the water at Lake Fork, with motel, swimming pool, restaurant, RV park with over 50 sites, boat ramp, boat slips, Lake Fork guide service available and lots of parking space.

For more choices, please view this website:

Enjoy The Natural Beauty of Lake Buchanan

CyberCelt | May 31, 2011 in Birding,Cabins/Cottages,Campground Reviews,Camping,Family Fun,Fish/Hunt,Hike/Bike/Run,Kayak/canoe/tube,Lakes,Nature,Pool,RV Parks,RV Travel | Comments (5)

Lake Buchanan at the head of the Highland Chain of Lakes.


Central Texas is lucky to have so many lakes and rivers to enjoy the outdoors.  One of the features that make Lake Buchanan so special and enjoyable among the Highland Lakes is that while it is very accessible from several major cities, it hasn’t been spoiled by overcrowding. It’s an excellent lake to enjoy the natural beauty and charm of the Texas outdoors.

Lake Buchanan offers plenty to do, on and off the lake.  For the water lovers, Lake Buchanan’s large size ensures that you’ll have plenty of room to swim, fish, kayak, Jet Ski and boat.  Even on popular holiday weekends, this lake always has plenty of elbow room so you won’t feel crowded out by other visitors.  Lone fisherman seeking solitude will be able to find a quiet fishing spot, and newbie fisherman can find plenty of guided fishing tours to show them the best fishing spots.  Several locations rent boats, jet skis and kayaks, or you can launch your own boat at a local boat launch.

Visitors will also find a number of enjoyable activities and excursions near the Highland Lakes.  For a unique cruising tour offered only on Lake Buchanan, consider Vanishing River Texas Cruise.  Their cruises offer beautiful views along the Colorado River and give passengers an insider’s glimpse into the local wildlife, including viewings of the American Bald Eagle (who nests nearby) and rehabilitated birds.  Their dinner cruise option blends a tasty dinner with gorgeous sunset views over Lake Buchanan.   The tour guide also provides a lot of information about the lake and Buchanan Dam.

Visitors that are interested in the construction and history of Buchanan Dam should check out the Buchanan Dam Museum and Visitor’s Center located on West Highway 29, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609 (SH 29 W of Inks Lake Bridge).  Admission is free and the visitor’s center is open daily from 9-5 (closed holidays).  The museum features displays about the construction of this large dam, completed in 1937, and the observation deck lets guests witness spectacular views of the lake.

Hikers have a number of options within a short drive of Lake Buchanan.  Two locations have particularly special trails.  Canyon of the Eagles is perfect for novices since they have an easier terrain with plenty of wildlife, including a few endangered species like the Bald Eagle, Black-capped Vireos and Golden-cheeked Warblers.  Known for being one of the largest underground rock formations in the country, Enchanted Rock State Park is a popular hiking and picnic destination.  This hike is a little bit further away, but worth the drive.  Those who reach the summit are rewarded with sweeping views of the hill country once they reach the summit of Enchanted Rock.  Get there early to avoid crowds and make sure you get a parking spot.

Longhorn Cavern State Park is home to some absolutely stunning caverns that are definitely worth a visit.  These unique caverns were formed when limestone dissolved while underground streams simultaneously cut underground chambers over time, resulting in meandering, curvy chambers and haunting beauty.   The caverns offer a great chance cool off while seeing and learning about a truly special geographic wonder.

Finally, wine aficionados will enjoy a visit to Fall Creek Vineyards.  This local winery has been the recipient of several awards in the wine industry.  They are open daily for wine tasting and tours, and you’ll want to check their schedule to see when they are hosting their next lunch, complete with wine tasting.  Getting to the vineyard is half the fun.  If you drive, you’ll be able to drive a large span of Lake Buchanan’s perimeter and enjoy the views and landscape.  If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also rent a kayak and kayak to the vineyard.  The winery isn’t close to restaurants or shopping, so you may want to pack a picnic lunch and just enjoy a lazy afternoon of picnicking and wine tasting.

Happy travels as you explore the natural beauty of Lake Buchanan!

Tracey Louis is a former resident and innkeeper of Burnet, TX and loved the area so much that she still helps promote Burnet County and the Highland Lakes for the Burnet County Tourism Office.


Great post, Tracey! I just want to add a few RV Parks on Lake Buchanan. Also, the lake is down about 9 feet, which puts some boat ramps out of the water.  However, the granite beach that is exposed is great for swimming.  There is also a fire ban on the lake at this time.

Poppy’s Pointe Resort

On the west shore of Lake Buchanan. Amenities include 9 cabins, 58 RV spaces, swimming pool, recreation hall, boat ramp, laundry room and lots of land and water toys.

Cedar Lodge Waterfront Resort

On the west shore of Lake Buchanan. Stay in a log house or log cabins, or bring your RV to oversized sites near the lake.  Meeting rooms, laundry facilities, horseshoes and fishing pier.

Beachcomber Park

On the west side of Lake Buchanan are cabins. Ten RV sites have a gravel base with grass, fruit trees and large red oak trees in the flat, oval shaped area in middle of park. There are also 50 back-in RV spots in various areas at this waterfront resort. There are 2 boat launches as well as boat docking and storage.

Hi-Line Lake Resort

Located on the shoreline on the west side of Lake Buchanan. There are seven sites on the waterfront with 30 amp electricity and water. There are 46 pull through sites on the hill with 20-30-50 amp electricity, water, and sewer. Stay in 16 waterfront cabins for rent and enjoy waterfront restaurant, boat rentals, swimming pool, 1800 feet of waterfront and enclosed fishing marina.

The Edgewater Resort

On the western shoreline of Lake Buchanan are 37 RV spaces, 14 with four-way hook-ups that may be reserved for daily/weekly customers.  The remaining 23 spaces have 3-way hook-ups. Washateria, shower rooms, recreation room,  boat docks, boat-launch, covered fishing pier, swimming pool and beach. Also available are 8 rental cabins with kitchens, one double-wide home and two mobile homes.

Big Chief RV Resort and Cabin Rentals

On n the east side of Lake Buchanan enjoy boating, skiing, swimming, and excellent fishing.  Beautiful waterfront location on Lake Buchanan with full hookups for RVs, cabin rentals, a general store, fitness room, TV/Game room, clubhouse, covered pavilion, planned activities, a boat ramp and more.

Texas Hills RV Haven

Located on the northwest side of Lake Buchanan, close to Tow and Falls Creek Winery. This waterfront resort has two rental cabins and fifteen RV spaces. Family owned and operated. Boat ramp, no showerhouse.

Canyon of the Eagles

This resort is a wonderful spot on the eastern shoreline of the lake. Twenty-three full-hookup sites with picnic table and fire ring. The park can accommodate large rigs on asphalt pads of 40 feet in length (back-in sites only).  Use of swimming pool and recreation room at lodge.

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