Have camper, will travel

Submitted by David Kelly

We I love road trips. Always have and always will. Our first pop-up camper was purchased in the summer of 2008 and that year we went to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Since then we've had two rules when on the road:

  1. avoid the restaurant chains, eating at local establishments whenever possible, and
  2. camp at State Parks. 


We have Texas Parks license plates, donate with every auto registration, buy our ice, firewood and any other camping supplies available at the camp check-in stations and, of course, lots of souvenirs and the yearly Christmas ornaments. Did I say we LOVE Texas State Parks? 

We've been to numerous Texas State Parks since that first trip beginning with our own children and now our grandchildren. We have all enjoyed every single minute, rain or shine, warm or cold. With our kids and grandkids we have seen some extraordinary sights, did a little fishing, picked wildflowers, hiked trails and wondered at the wildlife seen.

We truly cherish the time spent with family on these trips but with all the budget talk lately one can only wonder if we have the will to ensure that these state treasures remain, let alone thrive, for ourselves and future generations.

It was all put in perspective for me during a conversation with our 5-year-old granddaughter, Jael, a couple of weeks ago. Completely out of the blue she exclaimed, “Grandpa, I can’t wait to go camping again!” Neither can I, Jael, neither can I.


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