Ah, summer camping.
Picking the perfect site, setting up your tent and knowing you have nowhere to be, nothing to do, except to enjoy the quiet and commune with nature. Many a family tradition centers around packing up and heading out to a favorite camping spot for summer vacation.
For the past several weeks that was just a distant dream for many Texans. Well, dream no more! Beginning Wednesday May 27, overnight camping reservations are once again available for most State Parks!
There are some caveats. Day passes and overnight reservations must be arranged in advance using the online system, or over the phone at 512-389-8900. This applies to any guest, including annual pass holders. Capacity is limited and not all parks are open to overnight camping. Social distancing and public health recommendations (including the recommendation to wear face masks or coverings) remain in effect, as do the suspension of equipment rentals, in-person programs and in-park transactions. Visitor and nature centers within parks also remain closed.
So jump on-line or on the phone so you can set up YOUR time to be completely offline camping in a Texas state park!
Need some inspiration to find your camping bliss? Here's a sneak peek at "Saved by Camping" a feature by Whitney Bishop in our next issue. Meet the Roberto family — mom, dad and eight kids who made camping together in every state park a priority.
"We are going camping this weekend," she announced to the family when she got home. "We're just going to do it. It's going to happen."
A couple of years earlier, camping would have been an unusual suggestion for Sharon and her husband, Peter, who weren't exactly outdoorsy. Mention nature to them and they'd most likely tell you about their allergies. Taking their large family to sleep outside was not something they'd even considered.
Sharon and Peter have eight kids, a mix of biological, adopted and foster children. The number varies at times, due to fostering. They live in a modest house in Wichita Falls, where Peter is a second-grade teacher and Sharon home-schools some of their children.
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