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Quick trip to Garner State Park

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Offline RichardM

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Quick trip to Garner State Park
« on: December 27, 2017, 11:57:37 PM »
Jennifer and I decided to take a quick trip out to Garner State Park this week. I tried and failed to convince her to make a run out to Big Bend, and I've been wanting to check out Garner, so it was a decent compromise.

Our introduction to the park was their wonderfully efficient registration process. We went into the lobby of the headquarters and found 8-10 groups in front of us. Only two park personnel working at a glacial pace. One was handling day-use visitors and the other overnight campers. The average time to get a camper checked in was over ten minutes. Those waiting are kept in the walled off lobby so I have no idea what was taking so long. For us, I walked up, said I had 1 adult and 1 child and paid my entry fee. Handed her my campsite reservation and selected a site (no clue while they let you reserve a site, but not specify which one, only the type) and got our map and we were on our way in 2 minutes or so. Nothing like spending an hour waiting when daylight is running short.

The weather was not what I was hoping for. Didn't even bother getting out of the car for this view.



No reason to make the climb up Old Baldy either.



I definitely should have taken a little more time questioning the clerk about which campsites were already taken, as the only other occupied site was the one next to ours. :rolleyes:



After setting up camp, we checked out the river by the campground.



Believe it or not, it was Jennifer's idea to wade in the river. Versy shortly after I took this picture she started to complain of no longer being able to feel her legs.



I wouldn't mind owning this property just outside the park, but honestly, I'd prefer to be on a less-visited section of the river.



Naturally, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to skip a rock or three.





Jennifer had control of the camera for this trip, and seemed to like experimenting with low elevation shots.



more to come...

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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 12:26:43 AM »
After getting camp set up we drove back over to the main part of the park. Stopped by the visitor center to get a trail map that the clerk didn't give us, but it was closed (probably for the season). Picked up a couple of t-shirts in the gift shop for Jennifer, then went off exploring along the river.



These ducks weren't too interested in having their picture taken.



Jennifer continued to explore the use of reflections in framing her shots.











I wonder how many thousands of kids have had their pictures taken inside this tree.



Jennifer wanted me to get a picture of her on this tree, but was not too pleased when I only helped her part of the way up. Probably would've helped my case if I hadn't stood there laughing and taking pictures of her trying to climb all the way up. She should be thankful I wasn't videoing it.





Unfortunately the boat house rental shop appeared to be closed for the season as well.



And finally, here's your sign.



We spent the first part of the night in the tent playing cards while listening to the drunks in the adjacent campsite.  Jennifer wanted to know why anyone would want to piss on a campfire, especially if they weren't trying to put it out. I had no good answer. We woke up to 35 degrees and possibility of more mist, so we decided to take the scenic route back to my mother's house in Austin rather than hiking. I had hoped to head over to Lost Maples for a second night of camping, but with the likelihood of more of the same weather, we opted to find a more enjoyable way to spend our time. Lost Maples will wait for us.
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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2017, 06:42:53 AM »
Nice Richard and I am glad to see Jennifer still wanting to go out camping with you.  Sorry about the weather.
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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2017, 07:00:09 AM »
The state park system was supposed to implement a new reservation system about now (end of December) but from what I understand it has been pushed back to the first of the new year sometime. Whenever it goes live, you should be able to reserve specific sites at every state park in the system. Hope its soon. I hate showing up to a state park (usually after driving a long way with small kids) hoping to find a site big enough for our family sized tent. Or find a site for a hammock if I'm by myself. From what I understand, they're also supposed to have pictures of every site when you reserve.

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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2017, 08:11:59 AM »
I like her interest in photography and already looking for the "unique" shot.

And they did your campsite like restaurants do tables for me.  I can go to a restaurant that has one other group eating there and they'll seat us next to them. 

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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2017, 09:34:45 AM »
GSP is on my list for this coming year. It can be tough to get a reservation on the weekends during the peak season. Thanks for the report.

Great pics btw, especially some of those low angle shots.

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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2017, 09:51:59 AM »
Big Bend is great, but camping with your own little girl is the best.  Nice to see some water!  Thanks for the pics.
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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2017, 06:17:08 PM »
Jennifer is well on her way to being a great photographer!
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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2017, 07:03:30 AM »
I like the reflection shots -

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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2017, 07:06:38 AM »
Jennifer is well on her way to being a great photographer!

Well on her way to being grown up too. Tempus fugit!
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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2017, 07:26:00 AM »
Tempus fugit!

Ditto that. It seems like they just learn to tie their own shoes and read, then they're out the door following whatever path life has for them.

I love the reflection shots.  I always try for those myself.

I much prefer Lost Maples over Garner.

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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2017, 10:26:08 AM »
Tempus fugit!

Ditto that. It seems like they just learn to tie their own shoes and read, then they're out the door following whatever path life has for them.

I love the reflection shots.  I always try for those myself.

I much prefer Lost Maples over Garner.
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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2017, 11:47:46 PM »

These ducks weren't too interested in having their picture taken.



Probably because you insulted those Egyptian Geese by calling them "ducks"....

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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2018, 12:35:05 AM »

These ducks weren't too interested in having their picture taken.



Probably because you insulted those Egyptian Geese by calling them "ducks"....
I just knew they weren't any kind of duck I'd ever seen before. I wonder how they ended up there.

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Re: Quick trip to Garner State Park
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2018, 05:32:50 AM »
Talk about a wrong turn

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