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Monday, September 12, 2016

9-9 DBD Weekend in Smithville Texas


River Bend Park

Camping at River Bend Park in Smithville Texas

Friday 9/9/2016

Wow, we’re travelling for another weekend of square dancing. We have been taking Advanced lessons so this year we couldn’t take our normal spring or fall camping trips. We miss the camping trips so these weekends are fantastic. This weekend is in Smithville Texas for their 8th Annual Dance By Definition Weekend with Tim Ploch and Darryl Lipscomb. It starts on Saturday at 9:30 am. Smithville is 120 miles from the house so we decided to start our adventure today. Larry called the City of Smithville to make reservations for two nights at  River Bend which is their RV park. He reserved a pull through site considering we’re towing the car. This morning I was going to go to gym so I got up earlier than I normally do. My feet were still hurting so I decided not to go. I finished loading up the Minnie, we loaded the car on the dolly and were ready to go at 10:00 but decided to wait until after lunch considering there wasn’t any dancing today. The route we took was Highway 95, this took us through a few small towns. It was a bit longer but it avoided I35 and was less stressful for Larry. It took us a couple of hours. It was a good thing Larry missed the exit to the RV park because there was a bridge with a height limit of 10’3” and we’re taller than that, by coming in from the other direction you did not have to go under the bridge. When we got to the site the power box was locked so Larry had to call the city to get it unlocked. It was hot and humid so we definitely  needed power. The gentleman showed up and unlocked it but the the 30 amp plug would not work, the maintenance guy had to go to town and get a breaker. We were in luck, the 20mp breaker worked and we could run the air condition on that until the other breaker was replaced. When the guy returned it didn’t take him long to replace the breaker. Now we have power and we didn’t have to move sites.

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Flo sunning at the site                                           The bath house 

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The trees surrounding the site                                 The creek  from the bridge

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The foot bridge that goes over a creek

River Bend Park is a beautiful park with a lot of trees and the sites backup to the Colorado River. There are 19 sites and three of them are pull through sites. The restrooms are old and run down but they’re usable. There is a foot bridge that goes over a creek that feeds the river so you have access to the rest of park where the playground is. There are no hiking trails but that’s ok considering we won’t be doing any hiking during our stay. Flo is already enjoying this trip by laying in the grass and sunning.

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