Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

July 26, 2011

Down on the Frio River

Filed under: Travel — Janice @ 10:34 pm

Up until a few years ago, the Frio was only something I knew from George Strait’s song “All My Exes Live in Texas” (I remember that ol’ Frio River…). Then Mark and I made a great little trip out there for his birthday one year in the fall. We practically had the river to ourselves and the weather was ideal. This weekend was my first trip back there since then. Mark was offered a gig with a new band to play in Concan at Neal’s Cabins. Neal’s apparently has been there a long time with cabins and a dining hall. They have fabulous pictures going back to the 30s and 40s on the walls of the restaurant.

It may feel like it’s a million miles from Austin, but it is only about 200 miles. We took the long way, of course, and did some meandering on the way out, eating a great brunch at the bowling alley in Blanco (one of our stops on our honeymoon). We got to Concan in the afternoon and there was still plenty of time before Mark needed to set up his gear so we enjoyed some sitting and splashing in the Frio. The splashing occurred when I lost my footing and kerplunked into the spring just about as soon as we got there. With the drought, we didn’t know if there would be water in the river or not, but it is spring fed (and that’s why it is so cold). It wasn’t a full running river like it was when we were there last, but the springs provided enough water for the people down stream to swim and wade and set up their camping tents IN the water so they could lounge in shade while floating. We went farther upstream where there was no one but us for the most part.

Well, I have more pictures to share, but uploading seems to be slow tonight so I will wait and make you anticipate the rest of our journey. Still to come:  more river pics! food pics! and, yes, you guessed it, a cemetery with a spooky twist of an ending.


  1. Sounds like a great trip…I love the picture and can’t wait to see more.

    Comment by Denise — July 27, 2011 @ 10:05 am

  2. Good picture of you guys. I’ll just take my vacations through you and Mark, you go to places I like and it saves me gas!
    Take care,

    Comment by Greg Roberts — July 27, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  3. Don’t believe you’ve changed a bit since your last visit to that old Frio river.

    Comment by Pat — July 27, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

  4. I ran into Mark’s name today . . . I was on stage at Antone’s (corporate event, long-ish story) and noticed a card taped to the bass drum saying where the kit came from and “if they need maintenance contact Mark Hays”. I commented on it and one of the drummers said, “Oh, do you know Mark?” so I said no, but I’m kin to his wife.

    Comment by Sam — July 27, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

  5. Sounds like a wonderful road trip…with live music and dancing are a great bonus.

    Comment by sandy — July 28, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

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