Camping at Choke Canyon State Park, TX

The day after Thanksgiving we took the kids camping to a new place for us: Choke Canyon State Park. It’s located between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, about three-hour drive from our house. We really enjoy camping and since we have all the gear it’s easy to go spur-of-the-moment. Going the day after our Thanksgiving feast wasn’t a problem at all. We went basic with the meals, just stopping at the supermarket to fill up our cooler with steaks, breakfast sandwiches, bread and deli meats/cheese. And of course we had to have s’mores!

The campsite was pretty nice, but it’s mostly RV campers and only a couple of people in tents. But it was ok. The only downside was that most of the RV campers left the lights on at their campsites all night. Plus there was also the constant hum of electric appliances. It was kind of fun seeing all the lights strung up at the campsites (I have never camped at an RV area before). I only wish they would have turned off the lights when they went to bed. It would have made the star photos a bit better.  But, the bathrooms there were super-clean since I think most of the people at the campground prefer to do their business in their RVs. Just a guess.

Anyways, the camping was fun as usual, with a nice campfire, steaks, and s’mores. I bring my BBQ grill when we go camping, so we have a nice controlled cooking fire, and then we have the campsite fire pit for the larger campfire.

I woke up at about 1:30 AM and decided to take some photos of the night sky. Luckily I remember to bring the tripod on the trip! It was a lot of fun! I wish the kids would have joined me, but I didn’t really want to wake them since they were snug in their warm sleeping bags. I did manage to get a few decent photos and see one shooting star before retiring back to the tent at 2:30.

The next morning after breakfast, we headed down to the lake and did a little fishing. We didn’t catch anything or even get a nibble, but we were able to see a huge alligator sunning himself on the bank. It was pretty impressive!

The camping trip was just one night, but it was fun and nice to visit a new place. I can’t wait for our next camping trip! Please enjoy the photos below.

Snacktime, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Snacktime, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Our Campsite, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Our Campsite, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Around the Campfire, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Around the Campfire, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Night View, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Night View, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Night Sky, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Night Sky, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Writing with Light, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Writing with Light, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Morning, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Morning, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Big Gator, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Big Gator, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Fishing, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014
Photo info: SLT-A77V, 10mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO50
Fishing, Choke Canyon State Park, 2014

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