We chose to camp in Austin because it was close to nearby family and we loved the McKinney State Park. It offered everything we needed for two days in the area. This park had very nice showers too. Our site was very large, offered a lot of privacy, and was only about 200 feet from the bathhouse, which was immaculate. The park is very close to downtown Austin with the only downside of some road noise.
We would be away from the campsite for all of our one full day there, so we did not do anything beyond hooking up power and water and putting a tarp over the gear that rides inside our camper. Rain was expected and we wanted to be able depart easily.
We needed an indoor activity and had arranged to meet a couple of beloved cousins at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum. We enjoyed the museum and learned a lot about this country’s thirty-sixth president (1963-1969). The android in the photo below depicts Johnson’s mannerisms and the way he used humor to make a point.
The library included a replica of the Oval Office as it was in the Johnson years.
Johnson was known for being very persuasive and for getting up close and personal. There was a name for it, “The Johnson Treatment.”
The library also included a video about events in his presidency, articles from the Johnson family’s life, an exhibit of pop culture of the time, and a film about his family life. We were there about two hours and thoroughly enjoyed it.
We then had a very nice lunch with the cousins at Quality Seafood, which has amazing gumbo! It was great spending quality time with them and we were appreciative that they drove quite a few miles in the rain to hang with us.
Before heading back to our campsite, we visited the Texas State Capitol, which is the largest state capital in the United States. The Italian Renaissance Revival building, which was completed in 1888, is quite beautiful. At the time of its construction, it was reputed to be the seventh largest building in the world.
An enormous underground extension was added in 1993. It doubled the space available for state business. In the photo below, you can see the Capitol Building through the skylight.
We took a free guided tour, which was very informative. After the tour, we rented a couple of movies at Redbox and headed back to camp. This was another part of the rainy day plan.
Our next stop is Del Rio, Texas.