Tumble In ~ Marfa, Texas 1

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I am innately drawn to obscure out-of-the-way small towns in our country. Just add in one Airstream, two days travel, a  yellow lab and a wanderlust for adventure and you’ll end up in the land of “Quirky” ~ better known as Marfa, TX. This post, however, is only about the accommodations found in Marfa ~ the Tumble In RV Park. I’ll be sharing stories about the town of Marfa and unique finds in my next post. When you hear Marfa is in the middle of nowhere, that is correct. And the Tumble In makes you feel right at home in the middle of nowhere! I loved staying here. Quirky, plain, no frills ~ yes but, there is something about it that grounds you. Waking up to hear the train passing by (and I do mean passing right by, check out the photo below of how close it really is), watching the tumbleweed float by like a silent passerbyer and the Texas winds that speak to you while blowing past your cheek.

Drive on in to the Tumble In….

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Self check-in at the office which is an orange and white 1962 Mobile Scout (canned ham). Luv this!

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Did I mention the “train”?

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The facilities ~new, modern and really cool. Not your average RV Park so have an open mind!

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View from my office on a blustery Marfa day (and another train!!). Otis was very circumspect of the “stickers” which are everywhere in Texas. Not so great for the pups paws.

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The manager, Jon C.s ’77 Airstream Ambassador in site #12

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Tumble In Views

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Photo Source: © 2013 All Rights Reserved Anna Sullivan Photography

Downtown Austin 2

Since posting yesterday about SoCo in Austin, Texas ~ thought it appropriate to finish up my Texas trip with a short post about downtown Austin. Austin is the capital city of Texas. It’s also the 11th most populous city in the US. It’s vibrant downtown scene is comprised of amazing restaurants and music venues all over town.  Austin is the annual host of South by Southwest (SXSW) one of the largest music festivals in the country. Now you can see how Austin got its name “Live Music Capital of the World”. You can’t get bored in Austin, there is always a concert, festival, art show and so much more to see, hear and do. I really dig this city.

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State Capitol of Texas ~ second largest state capital in the US behind Phoenix. Located just 4 blocks south of the University of Texas, the building is surrounded by 17 monuments on 22 gorgeous acres. Well worth a visit.

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The University of Texas at Austin ~ founded in 1883 and now has over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students. “U.T.” ~ home of the Longhorns!

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Whole Foods Market ~ flagship store for the past 30 years. Largest Whole Foods at 80,000 sq ft. This store is unbelievable and we shop here almost daily when we’re in Austin. Shopping experience not to miss while visiting this hip town.

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Zilker Metropolitan Park is located off Barton Springs Road (Pecan Grove RV Park is also on Barton Springs Rd!!) with 350 gorgeous acres. It’s a quick walk from Pecan Grove and around the corner from downtown Austin. We ran Otis at Zilker twice a day and I ran the miles of trails that are available for all to enjoy. You have to visit Zilker Park when you’re in Austin. It’s a peaceful park to hang out and do just about anything. I can’t wait to return and will be spending each day at Zilker.

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We decided we didn’t much care for the laundry facility at Pecan Grove RV Park so we decided to hightail it to SpinCycle Coin Laundry “Keeping Austin Clean”. We got the job done!! One of the less glamorous tasks of RV’ing!

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Our camp site at Pecan Grove RV Park in downtown Austin. We really enjoyed our stay at Pecan Grove and you can see more photos and read about it in my previous blog post!

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Photo source: © Anna Sullivan Photography

SoCo 8

Let me just put it out there right from the start, Austin, Texas is one cool town and I just love being there. Even though it’s pretty way out and I mean in a seriously weird way ~ it’s the most chill town I think I have ever been too. My favorite part of Austin is SoCo. South Congress leads directly into downtown Austin ending at the state capitol. With funky, eclectic shops, hip restaurants, Airstream and other food trucks and so much more, SoCo is sure to please even the most conservative minds. Did I mention the music scene? The music in Austin is out of this world good. I just love it. One does not feel like they are in the “big” state of  Texas while visiting Austin, I tell you. If you haven’t been ~ you just gotta go!

View from South Congress with unobstructed views of the State Capitol in downtown Austin

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South Congress signage: Doc’s Bar & Grill, Uncommon Objects, Maya, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, Heritage Boot Company and Amy’s Ice Creams!

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Hey Cupcake! is one of my favorites. I mean who doesn’t love a super moist cupcake that is handed to you out of a vintage Airstream?

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“Keep Austin Weird” is a slogan inspired by Red Wassenich in 2000. The slogan has stuck and I know why. It’s pretty chill when most people in a major city don’t give a hoot about what peeps look like or how they dress. And, I am here to say that I have never seen more tattoo’s in my entire life than in Austin, TX. Some local hippie flavor below….

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South Congress is famous for their food trucks and Austin LOVES Airstreams!! Below are just a couple food truck choices: Taco Baby, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Short Bus Subs, Nomad Dosa, Crepes Mille, The Fat Cactus, Hey! You Gonna Eat or What? and Little Big Mike’s,

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There are also boutique Airstreams on South Congress: Curb Service Adelante and Bootleg Market.

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Even a doggie adoption Airstream ~ gotta love it!!! Please visit Austin Pets Alive! and support them. A cause very close to my heart!

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There is so much good food in Austin that you might just have to wait in line. Here at Hopdoddy Burger Bar is no exception. They serve up hand-crafted, all natural burgers and beer! What’s not to love?

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Every once in a while I splurge for some exceptional southern fried chicken. And we were not disappointed at our new favorite chick’n joint ~ Ms. P’s Electric Cock. That’s right, it’s called Electric Cock and it’s sensational. If you want some serious “soul” food then head on over to the Electric Cock. Yum!!!

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A locals favorite and another great “dive” restaurant that we really enjoyed is Magnolia Cafe. Yes, it’s swarming with the “weird” of Austin and the decor is quirky, to say the least but, this is a great find and we’ll be back for more. And their slogan is “Everybody Knows, Everybody Goes”!! Gotta love this place.

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Photo source: © Anna Sullivan Photography

Pecan Grove RV Park 7

I wasn’t sure what to expect when we arrived at Pecan Grove RV Park because it’s a bit of a mystery. So old school ~ they don’t even have a website and when you call on the phone to make a reservation, the gentleman on the other end of the line is very brief. I was actually a bit reluctant to write this post because Pecan Grove, as I have now found out, is a treasure. It’s location is downtown Austin, Texas. How can one get better than that? It’s scenically located on Barton Springs Road and sits in a grove of Pecan trees. With restaurants, coffee shops, a small grocery store and Zilker Park right out the entrance of Pecan Grove, you can soak in all the “Weird” that Austin has to offer.

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Directly out the entrance of Pecan Grove you can find Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que, Austin Java Cafe & Bar, Thom’s Market, Zilker Park and so much more. We walked Otis to Zilker Park everyday and it is one of my all time favorite parks I have ever been to. People and dogs of all ages gather at Zilker to exercise, take a mini-train ride, have a picnic or do whatever your heart desires. It’s an amazing park and shouldn’t be missed when you are visiting Austin.

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Pecan Grove is the home to permanent residences. The RV Park only rents out about 10 spaces to overnighters like us. This RV Park is home to many and as you can see from the pics, the neighbors have made it very cozy.

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I walked around Pecan Grove and met many of the locals. I realized on this particular trip that I felt so connected with the city because of the local friends that I had made. When one stays in a hotel, you just don’t get the same sense of local flavor like you do when you are RV’ing in a local hangout. Case in point, I met Linda. She lived at Pecan Grove for the past 20 years and this was going to be her last weekend living in Austin. She sold her vintage Avion and was moving north. She invited me into her trailer to show me around. I was thrilled to not only see a vintage Avion in the flesh but, also to learn Linda’s unique story. She also shared with me her homemade light cover that she is very proud of. I wish Miss Linda all the happiness in her new life. I know that she was struggling with leaving Pecan Grove and her lifelong friends she had made there.

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Our site, Beatrice and Otis! This was our first camping trip of 2013 and our first trip with Otis. He LOVES camping. Our site at Pecan Grove was in the back of the park where there are only three pull-through, full hook up sites. We were in spot B and just loved it. Looking forward to going back to Pecan Grove in November for more Austin adventures.

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Photo source: © Anna Sullivan Photography